Birth Services

What do you do as my midwife?

As your midwife, I am your care provider. I will see you monthly until 30 weeks, every other week until 36 weeks, then weekly until the baby is born. All visits will be in the comfort of your home. I am here every step of the way – before giving birth, during, and after!
INFORMED CHOICE

The hallmark of the CPM is informed choice. I will discuss with you the risks and benefits of any procedure or test and YOU will make the final decision to get the test or procedure. A CPM who practices informed choice will never tell you to show up at this place at this time to get your (fill in the blank) done because it is standard protocol. You will always have the right to refuse!

With a CPM, you call the shots. When you are ready for me to come to you offering nurturing and loving guidance, I will be there. Birth can be a very empowering experience for women and giving your power away can feel very disheartening. It is your time to bask in your glorious womanhood that has been passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters. Birth is innate and there is nothing to fear about giving birth. I can help you realize this by allowing you to have all of the power.

Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn't dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time line.

- Gloria Lemay
BEFORE BIRTH

The journey begins...

What an exciting time! You are about to bring a new life into the world. I am your guide through this process.

At the beginning of your pregnancy, our visits will include one-on-one discussions of what is going on in your pregnancy and with the baby as well as what things you need to be doing to prepare for the birth of your baby. I will do a physical assessment of you and your baby at each appointment and will help you to stay on track for a healthy pregnancy and birth. If you decide to hire a doula as additional labor support, I can recommend some great doulas to you before your birth. All visits will be in your home. I encourage your partner and other family members to be present if you wish. If you want your younger children present during the birth, you will need to find a trusted adult to watch over them and help them understand what is going on to keep them calm.

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DURING BIRTH

Welcome to the world...

During your birth, I will continually assess how you and your baby are handling the labor. I offer homeopathic and herbal remedies if I feel they are indicated. I do very few vaginal exams and you will usually have to ask for one. We will have worked on Optimal Fetal Positioning and Spinning Babies techniques before you go into labor so that your baby will be in a good position to be born. You or your partner can “catch” the baby if you desire. I do not usually cut the cord until the placenta is out.

At the moment of birth, I assess the baby for appropriate transitioning to life outside of the womb. I also assess you for abnormal bleeding and appropriate transitioning to becoming a new mother. I will not leave your side until I know you and your baby are stable. I will make sure you have a light, healthy meal, and then my assistant and I will start to clean up and make sure you’ll have what you need in the immediate postpartum period nearby.

AFTER BIRTH

The support continues...

After the birth, I will come to your home for 4-6 postpartum visits to assess you and your baby’s health. I am always a phone call away if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, newborn care, or what you may be experiencing emotionally or physically.

Other Birth Services I Offer

Water Birth

I have birth pools for rent for those desiring a water birth. Water birth is a gentle way to birth your baby. It is great for pain relief and prevents tearing.

Placenta Encapsulation

I also offer placenta encapsulation and can make you a placenta tincture to use after the placenta capsules have been used. Consuming your placenta can help stave off postpartum depression and increase your milk supply.

Belly Binding

I offer belly binding postpartum that helps with "knitting the bones" back to their pre-pregnancy level before teaching you how to bind your abdomen. I offer a gentle massage while cradling your body before binding your abdomen.

Intrauterine Inseminations

I also offer intrauterine inseminations (IUI) for those who need help becoming pregnant. I can help you learn to chart your fertility signs so that you can tell when your body is most ready to grow a healthy baby.

Have a gentle, loving, birth experience!

Please contact me to discuss fees and payment options.