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Maternity Services

Prenatal Care

 

  • Prenatal visits take place monthly until 28 weeks, then twice a month until 36 weeks and then weekly until you give birth.

  • Visits are scheduled for an hour to give us time to get to know one another and to give you the opportunity to ask lots of questions.

  • We will check your blood pressure and urine. We will palpate (use our hands to feel baby’s size and position) and listen to your baby’s heart.

  • We provide ongoing education regarding health and nutrition, comfort measures, and what to expect in the coming weeks.

  • We provide initial laboratory blood work as well as access to additional screening tests such as ultrasound. Most tests and procedures are optional.

Postpartum Care

 

  • We will return to your home for an initial postpartum visit between 24 - 72 hours after birth.  At this visit, newborn screening procedures such as pulse-oximetry and a blood test (by heel-stick) for metabolic disorders may be completed.  

  • The next postpartum visit will be between 1 - 2 weeks after birth.  

  • A final postpartum visit is scheduled for 6 weeks after birth.  

  • Postpartum visits are beneficial for assessing your physical recovery and emotional well-being. We will be able to address any breastfeeding concerns and monitor your newborn’s health and weight gain.

  • Your midwives are always available by phone to answer questions or address concerns you may have during the early weeks.  

Labor and Birth

 

  • We provide telephone support during early labor and arrive at your home once active labor is established. We remain with you at your home until 2-3 hours after birth.

  • During labor, you are free to eat, drink, and move around.  We monitor your vital signs and listen to your baby using a handheld device called a doppler. The doppler can be used in just about any position that you choose to labor in, including the tub or shower.  

  • You can give birth in any position that is comfortable for you. We encourage options such as kneeling, squatting, sitting on a birth stool, or giving birth in water.

  • We ensure you will have immediate skin-to-skin contact with your newborn, optimal cord clamping, and early breastfeeding.

  • During the second or third hour after birth, we will perform a head to toe physical exam on your newborn.  At this time, we will weigh and measure your baby, listen to heart and lung sounds and look for any signs that your baby should be seen by a pediatrician.

Co-care & Referrals
 
  • If you desire to be seen by a physician during pregnancy or postpartum, we can make a referral to our collaborating physician.

  • If you develop a medical condition during your pregnancy, we will refer you to a physician for treatment and provide all prenatal records.

  • In the event of a premature labor or a condition such as preeclampsia that would necessitate a hospital birth, we will still accompany you during your labor and birth to provide continuity of care and emotional support.

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