I believe that pregnancy and birth are normal processes. During our time together, my goal is to help you maintain optimal health while providing safe, respectful, holistic care.
Together, we use evidence-based practice and shared decision making so that you can make the most informed decisions for you and your family. All recommendations will be thoroughly explained and consent will be obtained from you before any care is provided. At any point that you have questions, I am available for you.
If complications arise, I have relationships with providers in the area who are able to provide consultations, recommendations and referrals if medically necessary.
What Care Looks Like
We offer referrals for lab testing, ultrasounds, and genetic tests. While these are not included in the midwifery fee, you can use your insurance to cover some, or all, of these costs if you desire.
Below is a basic list of what is provided throughout your care. More details and information are provided during the initial consultation and intake, as well as throughout our appointments together.
Every four weeks until 28 weeks
Every two weeks from 28-36 weeks
Weekly from 36-41 weeks
Every 2-3 days from 41-42 weeks as necessary
Labor and Birth
I am on call for you, 24/7, from 37-42 weeks
A birth assistant (usually another licensed midwife or a trained assistant) will attend the birth with me. This assistant is also trained in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR. You are responsible for paying the fee for you birth assistant.
Your basic birth kit and a birth tub, if you desire to use one, are included in your midwifery fee.
I will stay with you for two to four hours after the birth to ensure that you and your baby are stable
A head-to-toe newborn physical that includes a neurological exam before I leave
Routine newborn medications (Vitamin K and eye ointment) are administered with parental consent
24-hour telephone support as needed
All postpartum visits include:
physical exams for you and baby
weight check for baby
emotional support and screening for postpartum depression
Postpartum visit at 24-36 hours post birth
5-7 day postpartum visit
2-3 week postpartum visit
4-week postpartum visit
6-week final postpartum visit that also includes an annual exam (pap smear) and family planning