Is a Home Birth Right for Me?
Doula Info and Forms
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.read more
Midwifery Info and Forms
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.read more
Medical Back-Up and Transport Arrangements:
We are thankful that medical help is available when things become outside of our scope of care. You are responsible for arranging medical back-up if you wish, although if problems arise during your pregnancy, we will help you find a physician to continue care with. If complications arise during labor and we feel you need further evaluation, we will accompany you to the hospital. The majority of transports occur in cars, but occasionally an ambulance is more appropriate. It is your responsibility to have the number of your local ambulance service and labor and delivery unit.read more
Drinking two or three cups per day of the following herbal mixture will add substantially to the mother’s health throughout pregnancy and lessen pain and bleeding during birth. These herbs are primarily nutritive in nature, providing much-needed vitamins and minerals in a form that the body can easily assimilate. The tea should be taken postpartum as well, to help tone the uterus and build a healthy milk supply. Most people find the tea mild and pleasant tasting. If you find it unpleasant, try drinking one cup every day anyway. If you really can’t drink it, there are other forms of the herbs (pills or tinctures) which can be substituted.read more
Postpartum Warning Signs
If at any time you have any of the following signs, please call ASAP:
Uterine tenderness that is different from after cramping.
Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, achiness).
The largest amount of blood loss postpartum occurs within the first 24 hours of birth. With mother’s lying down most of this time, it is normal to have some blood clots-anything larger than your first is not normal. Please call if a blood clot larger than your fist occurs.read more