Routine prenatal care generally includes:
- Free initial consultation or a Meet & Greet. This is an interview to make sure you are a good fit for a home birth and that we are a good fit for each other.
- Comprehensive prenatal visits are monthly until 28 weeks, bi-weekly until 36 weeks, and weekly until your baby is born.
- Each visit monitors the vital signs and well-being of mother and baby. Lab work is offered.
- Education is the primary aspect of your prenatal care. Resources, research and opinions are provided to support your informed choices. I practice in the Midwives Model of Care.
- Nutrition, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and complementary therapies are commonly used in my practice.
- Emotional well-being is hugely important during pregnancy and space is given for expression.
Labor & Birth
We know each birth is uniquely special, but generally speaking:
- You will contact the midwife when you begin to show signs of labor.
- I will come to your home when you are ready for my support. Some women wish for support earlier in labor, some wait until they are actively in labor.
- Two skilled attendants will be present for your birth. You will meet my assistant at least once during your pregnancy.
- A complete set of birth equipment is brought to your home, including: doppler to monitor your baby's heart rate, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, oxygen, antihemorrhagics.
- We encourage mothers to eat, drink, rest and change positions frequently during labor.
- We are gentle and mainly offer encouraging words, respect for privacy, delayed cord clamping, and have respect for bonding.
- Mindful attention is paid to the baby's heart rate, mother's vital signs and to the overall unfolding of the birth.
Care for the Mother & Baby for six weeks after birth includes:
- I come to your home for the postpartum visits on day 1, day 3, 1 week, 2 week, 4 week, and 6 weeks at the office.
- Vital signs of mother & baby are monitored, patterns of eating & sleeping are noted and breastfeeding assistance is given.
- Education, resources, nutrition, herbal remedies, moxibustion, belly wrap and abdominal work are offered to speed recovery.
In the Event of a Transfer
We transfer care to a physician or to the hospital when:
- Presenting warning signs indicate that intervention is necessary beyond what is available at home.
- A mother’s or midwife’s intuition, vital signs outside of normal limits, or other warning signs that sometimes occur during pregnancy, birth or postpartum.
- Usually, transports are not an emergency, but rather something we can talk about calmly at the time and make the best decision.
- When this kind of help is needed, we are grateful that it is available.
If we transport during labor, I will go with you to the hospital and continue to advocate for your family and provide support as needed. Postpartum care continues in your home when you are released from the hospital.