For the best health of the mother and baby, we recommend prenatal visits each month for the first six months, twice a month for the seventh and eighth month, and every week in the ninth month. Appointments last approximately 1 hour each time, which gives your midwife time to get to know you, your partner and your family. It also allows your midwife time to talk with you about your health history and really form a relationship you don’t always get in medical settings.
Your midwife and birth assistant will stay with you for your entire labor and delivery. They do not go home when their shift is over. The laboring mother is encouraged to drink, eat, move and get into any comfortable position. Birthing at home allows labor to progress naturally on it’s own. Laboring mothers are always in control of their body and the decisions about their labor through the entire process. Midwives do not provide interventions such as pitocin, epidurals or cesarean sections. If a medical emergency occurs your midwife will discus reasons for transfer to the local hospital of your choice. Your midwife will always follow along with you for any transfer, although transfer rates are quite low.
We require a 2-4 day visit in your home at which time we will draw blood for the newborn screening, check the baby’s hearing, and do a check-up on baby to make sure baby is eating well, has not lost too much weight, and is not very yellow (jaundiced). We will check to make sure that mother is recovering well and has no signs of infection. The other postpartum visits are usually at 10 days, 3 weeks and 6 weeks. For first time mothers, we highly recommend an additional visit at 24 hours.
Not comfortable birthing at home? Not pregnant yet? Just want a well woman check-up? No problem. We can still assist you in many other ways!
- Placenta Encapsulation
- Birth and postpartum doula
- Comprehensive prenatal, birth and postpartum midwifery care
- Childbirth Education
- Well Woman Care
- Breastfeeding support
- Preconception care and counseling
- For mothers wishing (or having ) to birth in the hospital we also provide separate prenatal and / or postpartum care
- Birth tub rental