what to expect
We meet for visits in the comfort of your own home or in our office. Home visits allow us to become familiar with the surroundings where you will give birth to your baby. Our appointments are about an hour long, so you will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss your feelings and desires surrounding the pregnancy and birth. Your family members are always welcome at prenatal visits...toddlers love to help us listen to the baby’s heartbeat, and older siblings are fascinated with the charts showing how the baby is growing.
Your prenatal visits will be every four weeks during the early part of your pregnancy. At 28 weeks your visits will be every two weeks - and a month before your due date, visits will become weekly until your baby is born.
LAB WORK AND TESTS
We offer lab samples drawn at home or in our office. Standard prenatal tests are performed, with referral available for further evaluation if needed. Sonograms are available by referral.
A four week series of childbirth preparation classes will be offered in your last trimester of pregnancy. These classes will be in a group setting and prepare you for labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and the new baby.
LABOR AND BIRTH
Your Midwife will be available to you completely during the labor and birth process. As your labor begins, you and your Midwife will decide when you are ready for her to arrive.
During labor your Midwife will be sensitive to your needs...perhaps you need more quiet and privacy, or maybe some words of encouragement and a back massage..as well as ensuring that you and your baby are doing well.
We are experienced and comfortable with waterbirth, and have birthing stools available. Your baby will be welcomed gently into the world, surrounded by the people you have chosen to be with you on this special day.
THE FIRST HOURS
After your baby is born, your Midwife will stay with you for several hours. The first hour is a special time for bonding with your family, as well as the beginning of the breastfeeding relationship.
Following this, the Midwife will perform a complete newborn examination, including weight and length. Your baby will be right next to you during this examination so any questions you may have can be answered immediately.
After making sure that you and your baby are settled down comfortably, breastfeeding is off to a good start and the house is clean and tidy, your Midwife will leave your family to bask in the joy of a new life.....and take a well-deserved nap!
THE FIRST FEW DAYS
You and your family will be encouraged to “nest” in the first few days. This is a time for the new family to connect with the newborn, establish breastfeeding and recover from the physical exertion of birth. Your Midwife will contact you in the first 24 hours, and make a home visit at 48 hours. Of course, as always, she is available to you if you have questions or concerns.
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS
Your body will take about 6 weeks to return to its non-pregnant state. During this time your Midwife will keep in contact with you for breastfeeding support and any questions you may have. Your Midwife will visit you at 2 weeks, and at 6 weeks you will have your final post- partum visit.