Why Choose Homebirth?
Midwifery is a completely different type of healthcare practice than what has become the norm in OB care today. Midwifery is woman-centered, relationship-centered, and based on the concept that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes, and that people have the ability to make good decisions about their bodies if they have proper information. In other words, midwifery nurtures personal autonomy within the healthcare system.
As your midwives, we take time to get to know you, and to allow you to get to know us. We do this so that we can truly individualize your care to meet your needs. We want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable with your birth team so that all you need to focus on during your labor is you and your baby, not who else is in the room. Every appointment with your midwife lasts about one hour, and longer if needed. We make sure that all of your concerns are addressed, that you fully understand all of your options, and any risks and benefits of these choices so that you can make fully informed decisions. We make sure that we treat the whole you, focussing on holistic and preventative care so that your healthy pregnancy stays that way.
Here at Natural Birth Services, we offer all of our prenatal care, as well as postpartum care in the comfort of your home. This means we come to you for all of your appointments. We typically see clients once a month throughout their pregnancy until they are 28 weeks pregnant. From 28-36 weeks of pregnancy, clients are seen every other week, and from 36 weeks until birth appointments are weekly.
During your birth, we stay with you, throughout active labor, closely monitoring you and baby while helping you physically and emotionally work through the birthing process. We typically stay with you for about 3 hours after birth, or until you and baby are both doing well and ready for a nap.
After your baby is born, we come back to your home at 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks after the birth. During these appointments we check on you and baby, make sure you are both recovering well, help with breastfeeding, and talk about how the adjustment into parenthood is going. Each of these appointments also lasts about an hour.
We can also offer PAP smears, STI testing, and well-person gynecologic care in the comfort of your own home.