I believe birth is a sacred process and the less we interfere with that process, the more successful and empowering it can be. You should be excited to share your birth story because you have been an active decision maker through the process. During our first visits we will discuss nutrition, exercise and natural alternatives to ease any pregnancy discomforts. All appointments last about one hour and give us time to discuss not only the clinical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, but also the emotional ones. Adding a child to your family is much more than lab tests and measuring your growing belly. It's a major change whether its baby number one or number seven. As we get to know each other, we will discuss all aspects of the adjustment to a new baby in the family.
Our visit schedule will be similar to that of an OB/GYN; once a month until 28 weeks, then every two weeks till 36 weeks. Visits will then be weekly until baby arrives. After baby arrives you will have more frequent visits and support than is normal with an OB/GYN. Support in the postpartum is key to avoiding postpartum depression and increases successful breastfeeding rates. Following the birth I will visit your home at 24-48 hours, again at 5-7 days, then office visits take place at 2-3 weeks and finally at 6 weeks. I am also a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). If your goal is to breastfeed your baby then it is also my goal! Having the same care provider for mom and baby in the postpartum makes a world of difference in successful breastfeeding.
Who chooses home birth?
A person who wants to be an active participant, wants to understand what is happening, desires a natural approach, and wants evidence based care.
Is it safe?
Multiple studies have shown that for a normal pregnancy in a healthy woman, home birth has better outcomes and more patient satisfaction than hospital birth. I am licensed in MN and by NARM. I am certified in CPR and NRP (neonatal resuscitation).
Is it affordable?
The total cost for midwife care is a fraction of the cost of a doctor and hospital. Many insurance companies will pay a portion of the cost. Some families find that with high deductibles, midwife care costs less than or equal to their out of pocket costs with insurance in a hospital setting.