Midwifery and Homebirth in the Time of COVID-19
We are dealing with an influx of inquiries, from our clients and others as well. In order to keep you all updated and informed as much as possible, we will continue to add to website as much as time allows. Interested clients, please take the time to explore the website and blog prior to scheduling a consultation visit.
Wishing you all serenity and health as we do our best to navigate the days ahead,
The Primal Roots Midwives
Staying Healthy in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please consider the following to keep yourself healthy.
Avoid going out unnecessarily.
Avoid groups of more than 10 people and stay 6 feet from anyone that you do not live with.
If you must go out, wash hands for 20+ seconds with soap and water when you get home.
Regularly sanitize doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces such as light switches.
Boost the immune system – avoid processed foods, get fresh air, hydrate, eat probiotic foods for gut support, take vitamins C and D, omegas, and get restful sleep
Practice good self care: exercise, meditation, calming breathing, enjoyable activities
Call your midwife right away if you feel ill: fever, dry cough, body aches or any flu like symptoms
As you know there are confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our area. It is estimated that a high likelihood of a cluster of cases developing quickly. Even if, as a society, we are able to "flatten the curve", a virus will still run its course. As your midwives, the health of our community continues to be of the utmost importance to us.
Now that there are active cases locally, we will be offering normal visits that do not require hands on evaluation to take place via videochat. We are able to use Hangouts, Messenger, Facetime and Zoom all of which you can access from a laptop, tablet, ipad, or smartphone. If you do not have any of those devices, we can also do your visit over a standard telephone line.
You will need some supplies on hand to complete telehealth visits. Please ask us for a list and links to low cost options. Equipment will be available to borrow for those who can not afford to purchase their own.
As always, you have a choice, and can continue to receive your visits in person.
Should You Consider Homebirth?
Many families who are planning hospital births are suddenly confronted with policies, limitations, and new concerns about whether the hospital is the safest place for them to give birth.
The very first thing that you should know is that not everyone is a good candidate for homebirth. If someone tells you otherwise, or tries to casually imply that you can "just plan a homebirth", RUN AWAY from their irresponsible and reckless advice.
Ask yourself why you want to birth at home. Be honest with yourself. If you originally thought that a hospital was the SAFEST place to give birth, it probably still is.
In our culture, midwifery provides an option for parents who believe that pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation can be natural and healthy experiences. Primal Roots takes every reasonable precaution to ensure our client's safety, comfort, and satisfaction.
Although Midwives bring emergency equipment to the home and are trained and prepared to handle complications and emergencies, this does not render the home equivalent to hospital facilities that have equipment for dealing with some of the more serious problems that may occur. Yes, transferring to the hospital is sometimes necessary, and the vast majority of transfers are non-emergent and not time sensitive. In any birth setting, some unforeseen events can result in an unexpected outcome.
The overwhelming belief in our country is that hospitals are the safest place to give birth. In choosing home birth, you are going against the predominant belief that hospitals are safer regardless of statistical data.
When emergencies or poor outcomes occur in a hospital, the site of birth is seldom called into question. If a similar situation occurs at home, even if the outcome would have been the same in the hospital, the choice of home birth is always called into question.
If problems occur at home, you will invariably be questioned by friends, family members, and professionals as to the wisdom of your choices. Primal Roots asks you to honestly project yourself into your worst case scenario and examine how you would feel about your original choices after the fact.
Then, please feel free to discuss this with us, so that we can communicate about your concerns and recognize both the wonder of birth and the inherent lack of guarantees in life.
We depend on our clients to stand behind us in the even of problems in the same way we place ourselves at personal and political risk so you may have your choice of care and birth place.
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