Is a Home Birth Right for Me?

Birth Center, Hospital, or Home Birth?

Have you decided how to have your baby? The choice is yours!

First, you should learn as much as you can about all your choices. There are many different ways of caring for a mother and her baby during labor and birth.

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Doula Info and Forms

What is a doula?

What is a doula?

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.

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Midwifery Info and Forms

What is Support?

What is Support?   Support is unconditional. It is listening… Not judging, not telling your own story. Support is not offering advice It is offering a handkerchief, a touch, a hug… caring. We are here to help women discover what they are feeling…. Not to make the feelings go away We are here to help a woman identify her options. Not to tell her which options to choose. We are here to discuss steps with a woman… Not to take the steps for her. We are here to help a woman discover her own strength… Not to rescue her and leave her still vulnerable. We are here to help a woman discover she can help herself… Not to take that responsibility for her. We are here to help a woman learn to choose… Not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices. –... read more
What is a Midwife?

What is a Midwife?

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.

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What if Things Go Wrong?

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.

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When to Call

If at any time you have any of the following signs, please call ASAP: No fetal movement in a 12-hour period, especially in the evening or when you are resting Dizziness or fainting spells Fever of 100 degrees or higher Blurred vision, Double Vision, or flashes or spots on your eyes Persistent, noticeable muscle contractions or tightening in your back or abdominal area, especially if there is a pattern Persistent headaches Bright red bleeding Gushing or leaking fluid from your vagina Pain or burning when you urinate, or a decrease in the amount of urine Swelling or puffiness (retention of fluid) especially in the hands and face and of sudden onset Sharp abdominal pain or severe cramping; nausea or queasy feeling in the stomach that persists Persistent vomiting... read more

Prenatal Care

Pregnancy Tea

Pregnancy Tea

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.

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Postpartum

When to Call Postpartum

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).

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General Care Postpartum

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.

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