Midwifery Services

I provide complete maternity care for those planning a home birth. This includes prenatal care, care throughout labor, birth and immediate postpartum, newborn and postpartum care until 6-8 weeks after birth. I also provide midwifery care to complement obstetrical care for those planning a hospital birth, including prenatal care, labor and birth support, and postpartum care.  Other services include family planning counseling, annual exams, childbirth education classes, birth tub rental, placenta encapsulation, and a free lending library. Care is holistic, considering your individual needs and preferences, your support people and family, and all aspects of your health. Treatment modalities include herbs, nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle counseling, and referrals to complementary medicine practitioners when desired.

Prenatal Care

  • All routine care is provided in your home (note: some aspects of care may be provided virtually when Covid symptoms are present)
  • Monthly visits until 30 weeks gestation, then every two weeks until after 36 weeks, then once a week until birth
  • Hour-long visits include support for your physical and emotional needs, education relevant to where you are at in pregnancy, and assessment of your health and your baby's well-being (heart rate, movements, growth, position)
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling are provided to encourage optimal health
  • Lab tests can be performed in your home or by referral
  • Ultrasounds are offered by referral
  • Referrals for obstetrical consultations when indicated

Care During Labor & Birth

  • Emotional and physical support provided by two midwives
  • Ongoing assessment of your health and baby’s health
  • Intermittent fetal heart monitoring (using a handheld doppler)
  • Comfort measures for labor
  • Support for the normal birth process
  • Management of emergencies when indicated
  • Both midwives are skilled in neonatal resuscitation (helping babies breathe)
  • Complete newborn exam with baby in your arms or near your side
  • Perineal assessment (aka, "checking for tears") and repair of common lacerations
  • Assistance with breastfeeding
  • Clean up is taken care of by your midwives
  • Continuous support during hospital transport, when indicated 

After the Baby Comes

  • Home visits at 24-48 hours after birth, 3-4 days, 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks (if needed), and 6-8 weeks
  • Birth certificate filing
  • Routine newborn bloodspot and critical congenital heart disease screening
  • Referral for newborn hearing screening, if desired
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Well-baby care (up to 6 weeks of age)
  • Support for your health needs up to 12 weeks after birth
  • Connection to community resources as needed
  • Support for sexuality and family planning
  • Lab tests and referrals when indicated

Contact the midwife to set up a free consultation or for more information.