I provide prenatal care in your home. With visits occurring monthly until 30 weeks and then every two weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until baby arrives. At the prenatal visits I will answer any questions you may have, provide education, and work together to stay healthy and low risk. We discuss nutrition, exercise, fears and concerns and any pregnancy discomforts you may be experiencing. We will check your blood pressure and pulse, determine your baby's position, measure fundal height, check baby's heartbeat and we will get to know each other. Birth is an incredibly intimate time for a family so it's important to get to know eachother prenatally so you feel comfortable with me during your birthing time. One of the greatest benefits to having a midwife is individualized care and building a relationship so that you feel safe and comfortable. I also have a lending library of books and DVDs available. I will provide your birthing kit as well as lend you a birthing tub if you would like a water birth. I will be available and on call 24/7.
Labor and birth
For the birth my care includes contact by phone, at which time we will discuss what is happening and keep in contact by phone. I will make recommendations and we will decide together when the right time for me to arrive at your home. My goal is to arrive with plenty of time to support you and your family, but not too early as to disturb your early laboring time. I try to respect a woman's innate need for privacy during labor. Services include midwifery care and support for labor and birth, this includes but is not limited to emotional encouragement, massage, aromatherapy, reiki (upon request), informed consent on all recommendations and checking on mom and baby to make sure everyone is doing well. This is your birth and you get to do it however YOU want! I am just a guide to help you on your journey to motherhood.
The postpartum period is such a special time for a family, I will work with you to help hold this space to make sure this time is protected. I also include a postpartum package for mama and baby, to help you renew, heal and relax. After the birth I will stay for at least two hours post partum, or longer if needed. We will perform a newborn exam, assess breastfeeding and provide lactation support, check for any repairs needed and make sure all vital signs have returned to normal and assess bleeding. We will not leave until the family is doing great and all snuggled up together in bed. Postpartum care includes at least three visits but can be more if needed. I will come back the day after the birth to check on eveyrone and then within one week and at 6 weeks. I will aslo be available by phone, email or text during this time to answer any questions that may arise.
I am a Reiki practioner and provide this service prenatally and during labor, upon request.
Reiki is made of two Japanese words Rei meaning "god's wisdom or the higher power" and Ki meaning "life force energy". Basically reiki is a ancient traditional healing method using energy to reduce stress and promote healing. Reiki is a very simple way of helping your body to heal itself, which it wants to do. It uses a practice called palm helaing or hands on healing. It is extremely relaxing and meditative. Reiki is not associated with any religion but is a spiritual connection. Reiki is growing, as of 2007 15% of American hospitals offered Reiki as a hospital service. Nurses and doctors report that Reiki reduces stress, decreases the amount of pain medication required, imporoves sleep and appetite, and accelerates the healing process. I have been a reiki practioner since 2012 and find it to be an effective, safe healing method.
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