Home Birth

Home Birth
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Birth in the comfort of your own home.

When you have a home birth, your providers come to you. Your home is where you are most comfortable and we create safe and sacred space for birth to happen in that place. Birth is a highly intimate act and we believe that birth can happen in your own intimate space. 

Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Midwifery care is continuity: midwives spend time with you, usually an hour for prenatal and postpartum appointments. We want to know and have a relationship with you. 

No one gives care like homebirth midwives! Appointments last an hour and we aim to care for the whole person, not just the clinical aspects of a pregnancy. During your appointment, we will talk about what’s happening in your life and pregnancy, including the normal pregnancy discomforts (which we may have suggestions for), we’ll measure your belly to see how the baby is growing, and we’ll listen to the baby’s heartbeat either with a Doppler or a fetoscope, which is a low-tech stethoscope method of hearing the heartbeat. We’ll talk about any concerns, discuss nutrition, prepare you for how labor and birth will go, and make sure we’re on the same page for birth.

Postpartum appointments are appointments for both you and your new baby! We’ll weigh baby, make sure baby is growing and nursing, and is healthy and happy. We give you the same amount of care as baby, to make sure you’re recovering well after birth, checking in about any breastfeeding concerns, postpartum depression, and healing of your body. At six weeks we’re all sad to leave this close relationship, but there will always be other opportunities to connect.

All-inclusive Care Includes:

  • Monthly prenatal appointments from conception to week 28
  • Every-other-week appointments from 28-36 weeks
  • Every week appointments from 36 weeks to birth
  • On call 24 hours per day before, during and after birth, to 6 weeks postpartum
  • Attendance at your birth and 2-3 hours after (longer if there is anything concerning going on) and monitor mom and baby, start laundry, help put away birth pool, fix a snack
  • Postpartum home visits at 24 hours and 3 days, including breastfeeding help
  • Postpartum visits in my office at 1 week, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks. More often if needed
  • Filing of birth certificate

Special Circumstances

In many cases, home birth is still a possibility if you have had a cesarean birth, if you are pregnant with twins, or if your baby is presenting breech. Some VBACs and some medical conditions can be managed at home, sometimes with consultation with a qualified medical practitioner. There are natural remedies for breech babies, and home breech birth is also a possibility. Perhaps you have a clotting disorder, asthma, a mental health issue, or a history of “failure to progress” in labor. Schedule your free consultation and we will go over your specific risks and benefits to discuss if a home birth is right for you.