Homebirth and Midwifery Care
As your Midwife, I am committed to your health and the well-being of your growing family. I take the time to get to know you and your needs. Your informed choices are honored from our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and birth.
Prenatal visits are spent getting to know you and resting space for you to grow; physically, emotionally, spiritually and intuitively in preparation for the birth and postpartum. I also offer standard lab work and testing for your convenience.
I and an additional Midwife or trained birth assistant will monitor both mother and baby throughout active labor and birth. We keep a keen focus on the prevention of problems and create an environment conducive to unhindered birth and bonding.
While we are prepared to intervene if necessary, the majority of mothers birthing at home do best with minimal interventions. I have helped over 500 women achieve their goal of a natural birth.
I am highly trained in and support laboring in water as well as water birth. I believe in this option so strongly that I provide my clients with a professional birth tub rental. Submersion in water has been shown to give significant pain relief. Along with promoting relaxation, buoyancy makes it easier to move and change positions. Those that labor in water are more likely to choose an upright birth position and experience a hands-off birth.
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean - VBAC
Planning a Homebirth with a skilled and supportive provider creates an opportunity to birth without major surgery in the absence of a valid medical reason. A large portion of my clientele is VBAC and I consider it an area of specialty. I would love to hear about your previous birth(s) and help you decide if VBAC at home is right for you.
Achieving a complete physiological hormone release at birth is the first brick in the foundation of a successful breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding may be the biological norm, but there is often a learning curve and most mothers find they need extra support. I am here to help prepare you for and reach your breastfeeding goals. I am also well connected in the community should any extensive complications arise that prevent an exclusive breastfeeding relationship. We will refer, collaborate and troubleshoot together until your goals are met.
Comprehensive follow up visits are done in the home at 1, 3 and 5 days as well as two additional office visits before 8 weeks.
Care for the newborn includes a newborn exam on the day of birth, follow up exams at each visit and breastfeeding counseling and necessary referrals. I also offer all standard newborn screening, and help you with the registration of the birth.