Midwifery Care Services

Statement of Philosophy

We believe:

  • Childbirth is a normal, natural event that is ordained by God and which left to nature will proceed to an uncomplicated delivery of a healthy baby in most cases.
  • Preventative health care/good prenatal care is the best way to avoid complications.
  • The midwife’s role is to assist the birthing couple in a journey through pregnancy, labor/birth, the postpartum and newborn period by monitoring the process.
  • Childbirth is a family centered event and the parents should have the experiences they desire. We encourage specific requests regarding the birth experience and try to honor your requests concerning the birth itself.

Basic Services

     Prenatal care is the foundation upon which a healthy baby and pregnancy are built.

  • You are seen on a normal prenatal schedule:
    monthly until 28 weeks,
    * Every other week until 36 weeks
    * Weekly until your baby is born.
    * More face to face time with your care provider
  • Routine obstetrical labs drawn during your prenatal care are processed by a full-service labratory.
  • Education on nutrition, exercise and well-being during pregnancy, and the postpartum and newborn period.
  • Full labor and birth support and care.
  • Postpartum and Newborn follow up care includes:
    * Follow up home visit at 24-48 hours after birth to evaluate mother and baby adjustment.
    * Follow up office visits at 4-5 days and 10-14 days for breastfeeding support and newborn screening.
    * Care provider is available if additional care is needed.
  • All clients are screened using Risk Criteria to insure they are low risk and qualify for out of hospital birth.
    * Cases involving complications which cannot be handled safely in the birth center or at home, will be referred to persons trained to deal with obstetrical difficulties.
    * If transfer occurs during labor, KBC staff will accompany you for continuity of care and support.