As a CNM providing home birth services, I offer holistic midwifery care during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the 6-week postpartum period that reflects The Midwifery Model of Care. The Midwifery Model of Care is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and birth care than obstetrics and is based on the assumption that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on, person centered, and comprehensive. I work with you to promote a healthy pregnancy, provide education to help you make informed decisions about your and your baby’s care, base my recommendations on evidenced based practice and informed choice, and view your acceptance of responsibility for your choices as a vital component of successful homebirth.
Comprehensive prenatal care is the foundation for a safe homebirth. Clinical evaluation, including routine examinations and lab work, confirm that you stay within the low-risk category throughout your pregnancy. All care is holistic, incorporating your unique needs and desires. Family and friends are welcome to participate in care at your comfort level. If you feel uncomfortable or otherwise unable to birth at home, BirthRoot offers prenatal and postpartum care, with transfer of records to the provider of your choice at a mutually agreed upon date. This is an excellent option if you desire the personalized, holistic prenatal and postpartum care that I provide but, for whatever reason, cannot give birth in your home.
Labor and Birth Care
The importance of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are considered as we develop a birth plan with you. You and your birth partner are encouraged to be active participants in your birth as you envision your surroundings, support team, and comfort measures. As your due date approaches, I am on-call for you 24 hours a day. Natural pain relief strategies include position changes, massage, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, acupressure, herbal and homeopathic remedies, and continuous loving support. While prevention is the primary strategy, I am prepared to deal appropriately and quickly with complications. I carry emergency equipment, supplies, and medications to every birth.
Whatever you need, I am with you
every step of the way
I help you navigate the challenges and needs of the early postpartum period. All postpartum care is aimed at preserving and promoting bonding, integration, rest, and breastfeeding success. I provide proactive, attentive lactation support as part of postpartum care.
“Little did we know that one simple phone call could transform into the best decision we’ve ever made.
Your capacity for professionalism, knowledge, AND love are beyond measure. You have truly found your calling and put together the perfect team in the process. The overwhelming safety I felt during our labor and birth could not be found anywhere but under your care . . . We simply cannot thank you enough.”
—Kaitlyn, 3 children born with BirthRoot Midwifery
Your midwifery package includes:
- Free consultation interview to meet me and discuss your questions and thoughts about homebirth
- Prenatal visits every four weeks up to 28 weeks, then every two weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth
- Initial prenatal visit includes a review of your medical and social history, complete physical exam with pap smear (if needed), and a blood draw for prenatal lab work.
- Physical assessments at each visit include: blood pressure, weight, urinalysis, fundal height measurement, uterine and fetal palpation, and auscultation of fetal heart tones.
- Extended prenatal visits (1-2 hours) provide a relaxed opportunity to ask questions. Possible topics for discussion include: common discomforts of pregnancy, nutrition, exercise, emotions surrounding pregnancy changes, sexuality, feeding your baby, newborn care, postpartum support, family relationships, prenatal testing options, and plans for the birth.
- Home visit at 36 weeks to see the surroundings where the birth will take place, assess any issues or problems about the birth space that may come up, formulate a hospital transfer plan, and discuss your wishes and desires.
- Nutritional counseling and suggestions for vitamin and herbal supplements
- Constant attendance at labor and birth
- Assessments include periodic monitoring of the fetal heart rate and your vital signs, labor progress, and emotional well being.
- Acknowledgement of the importance of a calm, peaceful environment, including keeping lights and voices low and avoiding unnecessary and intrusive interventions.
- Prevention of complications or problems through low-tech monitoring, hydration, nutrition, optimal positioning, and rest.
- Initial lactation support and newborn exam, with administration of infant eye ointment and Vitamin K, if desired.
- Postpartum visits at home, one at 1-2 days and one at 3-4 days
- Postpartum visits in office at 2-3 weeks (optional) and 6 weeks
- Postpartum care includes attention to physical, emotional, social, and cultural needs.
- Newborn care during the first 2 weeks of life includes physical assessment, weight checks, and newborn metabolic screening. At around 2 weeks, your baby will enter pediatric care with the provider of your choice.
- Breastfeeding support and education
- Skilled support in the early days after birth to prevent and treat common difficulties such as nipple soreness and engorgement.
- Hands-on assistance to make sure your baby has a good latch and show you several comfortable nursing positions.
- Lactation support for nongestational parents who choose to induce lactation. The Newman/Goldfarb protocol is used for induced lactation.
- Use of lending library throughout care
- 24-hour availability throughout care (phone, text, or email)
- Referrals to community resources as needed or desired, such as prenatal yoga, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, herbal healing, doulas, childbirth classes, lactation consultants, etc.
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