The midwifery approach to care incorporates evidence based practices, individual desires and needs, continuity of care, safety, and the support, trust, and confidence that develop from client-midwife relationships. Midwives provide complete care throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum for mother and baby.
Routine prenatal appointments typically begin at 8-10 weeks gestation and are scheduled every 4 weeks until the 28th week, every 2 weeks until the 36th week, and once a week until the birth of your baby. Prenatal appointments include ongoing assessments of mother and baby, information and option for standard tests and screenings recommended throughout pregnancy, and individualized care regarding nutritional counseling, childbirth education, emotional well being, birth preparation, and referrals as indicated.
Labor and Birth
Gentle evaluations of mother and baby are made regularly throughout labor, birth, and postpartum. Standard midwifery supplies are provided, including an electronic Doppler, oxygen, IV fluids, medication, suturing instruments, a pulse oximeter, and resuscitation equipment. After birth, a head to toe newborn exam is performed with the option for standard newborn medications.
Postpartum care begins with a home visit roughly 24 hours after the birth, followed by 3-5 day, 1 week, 2 week, and 6 week. Postpartum visits may be more frequent to accommodate you and your baby’s needs. The birth certificate application is filed for you and routine newborn screenings are available.
It is important to me to keep midwifery a financially viable option, therefore, I utilize a sliding fee scale and am open to alternate payment plans or trade as needed. Fees for midwifery services include complete prenatal care, labor/birth care with a midwife and assistant, newborn exam and screenings, birth certificate filing, postpartum maternal and newborn care through six weeks, breastfeeding support, a library of pregnancy and birth related books, and 24/7 access to a midwife. Certain insurance companies and plans provide reimbursement for midwifery services.