“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
- William MacNeile Dixon
Care with Midwives
The midwifery model is personalized, intimate, and intensive. We are committed to parents playing an active and committed role in their health care. Whether this is your first baby or your eighth, we spend the time needed to ensure you are fully informed of your choices in each stage of your pregnancy so you can make the decisions for your care that are best for you and your family.
In addition to a full prenatal exam of mother and baby at each visit, we spend time talking and getting to know you, answering questions, and going over information for upcoming visits. We talk throughout your pregnancy about your hopes and desires for your birth and offer resources for childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes. We draw labs in our office for any prenatal screens and tests you elect to have, and can also discuss options and offer referrals for complementary health care such as acupuncture and chiropractic care, sonography, and obstetric consultation, as appropriate to support your body. You steer your care --we will always offer options, and it is entirely up to you what you choose to do.
A typical prenatal visit lasts 45 to 60 minutes. Appointments are scheduled monthly (every 4 weeks) until 32 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks from 32-36 weeks, and then weekly from 36 weeks until birth. We welcome children, partners, parents, and any other members of your family or circle who are curious about home birth and your care at any of your prenatal visits.
Labor and postpartum care
We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you are within your due "window" (37-42 weeks for home birth) to offer continuous care. We offer labor support during active labor, attendance at the birth of your baby, and immediate postpartum care. The midwives remain with you for several hours after your birth to monitor your health and the health of your baby, ensure you are comfortable and fed, and to help establish your breastfeeding relationship.
Postpartum care begins immediately after your baby's birth. We return to the home at 24-36 hours after the birth and then several more times within the next two weeks to follow up on you and the baby. We also check in by phone to address any concerns or questions you have between visits. After 2 weeks, visits resume at our office and continue until 6 weeks postpartum. At each postpartum visit, we do full checkups for mom and baby, and offer support for the new family and the developing breastfeeding relationship. At 6 weeks postpartum, we offer counseling on birth control options and can provide a pap smear, if needed.
We offer comprehensive well-woman care, including pap-smears, blood work, breast exams, STI testing, birth control counseling, nutritional assessment, and wellness counseling. We cannot prescribe birth control or place Intrauterine Devices, but offer referrals to wonderful clinicians who can.
Placenta Treatment and Encapsulation
Placentophagy --the ingestion of the placenta-- has been practiced for eons and is still a common practice in other countries. The placenta is revered by many cultures and even considered the baby's "twin," in some. There are many ways to honor this amazing organ other than throwing it away! Placenta medicine is considered a potent remedy for postpartum depression, hormone balance, and overall body nourishment. We pick up your placenta within 72 hours of the baby's birth and immediately begin processing it. Your placenta is treated per the Traditional Chinese Medicinal method to dry it, reduce it to powder, and then encapsulate it. A typical placenta yields approximately 200 capsules that can be used in your postpartum, in times when your body feels out of balance, or even in menopause. In addition to encapsulation, we can also make a medicinal placenta tincture, and offer prints of your placenta, and a keepsake of the umbilical cord.