Midwifery homebirth services include:
1-3 hour long prenatal visits in your home
- Every 4 weeks until 22 weeks (gestational age)
- Every 3 weeks until 28 weeks
- Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
- Every week thereafter until the birth
- Note: this schedule may be adapted depending on when you enter care
24-hour phone availability throughout your pregnancy
A midwife on call for labor and birth for 5 weeks from 37-42 weeks gestation, and, in addition, an assistant midwife on site during the birth.
A minimum of 5 postpartum visits in your home
Genetic Testing/Screening Options
Well-Woman care – annual exams and pap tests
Health . . .
I fundamentally believe that pregnancy is a healthy, normal time in most women’s lives. There are many things that can be done to support your well-being, and to cultivate healthy practices for your baby and family. Many of these health habits can also prevent complications. If complications do arise, I am trained to identify them and manage those that are within my scope of practice. In some circumstances I will refer you to another provider as necessary.
Support . . .
Physical Support – Pregnancy is a time of many physiological changes. I will provide information to support you in staying as healthy and comfortable as possible through that process. Emotional Support – I will provide emotional support as you prepare for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum process. Informational Support– As a consumer of healthcare, there are MANY decisions that are yours to make. Most of these decisions are affected by a family’s financial, religious, historical, experiential, or cultural background. As your midwife I will help you understand your healthcare choices so you can make the best decision for your individual family. Spiritual Support – Though I am not of a particular religion or spiritual practice, I know that pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period can be powerful spiritual experiences. If you would like to share your spiritual values and practices, I will support and integrate them into my care. As your midwife we will explore these areas together. I will listen to you and address your concerns.
I will honor your individuality as a woman, and as parents. I will honor the unique experiences and values you and your family bring to the process of pregnancy, birth and entry into parenthood. I will honor the birth of your child as a powerful transformative event in your family’s life.
Trust is necessary for the safety of home birth. We can develop mutual accountability and responsibility in the many decisions we make together when you and your family trust that I will do everything in my ability to help keep you and your baby safe, trust my judgment, and clinical decisions. Trust is something that we build over time during our appointments and that we cultivate – as I share my experience and knowledge about midwifery in the care I provide for you and your family; and as you share your experiences, wishes and concerns.