Midwifery Services

My culturally sensitive care follows the standard obstetric schedule, but our appointments are scheduled to last over an hour and are based in the Midwives Model of Care. I recognize and work from the knowing that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical or other medical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

http://cfmidwifery.org/PDF/mmocbrochure.pdf

Details:

At each appointment I will:

  • check your urine
  • monitor your weight gain
  • assess the baby’s growthIMG_1127
  • check your fundal height
  • listen to the baby’s heartbeat
  • check your pulse and blood pressure
  • discuss nutrition

We will also discuss how you are doing and feeling as you move through this transition into motherhood. We will talk about what you are doing to take care of yourself and how to nurture yourself physically and emotionally. We will review choices that you will get to make during your pregnancy and immediately surrounding the birth. Basic lab tests will be ordered and if additional services are needed such as ultrasound or genetic testing, I can arrange that as well. I will be your primary care provider (PCP) during your pregnancy, at your birth and your first 6 weeks with your baby.  After the birth I will remain in your home until I am assured your body is recovering nicely from its amazing journey.  I will assist with nursing, clean up, feed you and assure you are tucked in for some rest with your new addition to your family. I will see you in your home 24 hours after the birth, three days after the birth, one week after the birth, and two weeks after the birth. These visits will be an opportunity to asses your bodies healing and the baby’s transition into the world. There will be time for you to ask questions about the labor and birth, nursing and postpartum healing. I will continue to closely observe the baby and monitor his or her weight gain. At six weeks, we will see each other in my office for a final visit to complete my care. Consider joining me and other mothers and children for informal, friendly gatherings once a month. Details here.