Birthing in the comfort and convenience of your own home is the optimal location to welcome your new baby. I will provide quality care and patience. I believe birth works best when undisturbed so we will support your family to the best of our ability to birth your baby in its own time and give the space necessary for a safe and gentle experience.
In the event of an unlikely emergency, midwives are trained to utilize and carry Oxygen, Resuscitation Equipment, and lifesaving Anti-Hemorrhagic medications.
Prenatal visits last 45-60 minutes and occur monthly until 28 weeks, bi-weeky until 36 weeks and then weekly until your baby is born. Visits will be held in the comfort of your own home or in our San Luis Obispo office.
We discuss emotional and physical well being, stress, nutrition, exercise, and monitor the growth of your baby. We enjoy getting to your know your family and help you prepare for your upcoming birth. Be prepared with questions, we want to answer them for you.
We encourage skin to skin contact on moms chest for at least the first hour so baby can find the breast on their own. We offer guidance on what a good latch looks like and in the event problems persist we can refer you to a lactation consultant.
A complete newborn exam will be given within the first few hours of birth where we make sure that baby looks healthy and we will provide weight and measurements at this time. This exam is always done right next to the new parents and is an exciting time for the family.
We do offer Water Birth of you choose it and the use of a birth tub. Water can be used during labor to aide in relaxation, and if you choose to birth in the water you can do that too! You have the choice to listen to your body and push your baby out wherever you want!
Research has shown that vaginal birth is a safe option for many women who have previously had a cesarean.
We will stay with you for 2-3 hours after birth to make sure both you and baby are stable. We clean up the birth space so that bonding with your baby in your arms is the primary focus for your family.
We will suppor breastfeeding, monitor the growth of your baby and make sure you are getting the support you need and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
As a Licensed Midwife, I can provide all basic Well-Woman care including pregnancy testing, paps, breast exams, birth control information, labs, confidential STD testing. We focus on being gentle and encourage you to ask questions. This is a great way to establish a relationship with a midwife should you need one in the future.
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.