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Our Philosophy of Care

Our fundamental philosophy is that pregnancy and birth is a normal, healthy event in the life of a family. It is an opportunity for personal growth and the strengthening of relationships. It is a unique process that belongs to the pregnant woman and her family.

A woman’s health and midwifery care is a partnership between her and her midwife. It is our responsibility to provide excellence in her care and education, and sensitivity to her concerns and needs. Her health is also her own responsibility and we expect her to communicate with us and participate in decision-making. We will listen to our clients, and treat them and their families with respect, dignity and assurance of confidentiality.

The Midwifery Model of Care

The Midwifery Model of Care includes:

  • monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well- being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • minimizing technological interventions
  • identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education is an important part of any pregnancy. While we spend time with you at each prenatal visit educating you about different aspects of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care, we highly recommend that you attend a series of childbirth education classes. We will be offering these several times a year at the birth center and have a list of area classes and instructors if you choose to take classes nearer your home. We hope to offer Bradley, Birthing from Within and Hynobirthing options at the birth center.

Personalized Care

Pregnancy is a normal but amazing event in your family. Your baby was created by and is a gift from God. It is our role to appreciate this amazing event and expect a normal birth. We monitor for any variations of normal or abnormal findings. We are teachers who explain healthy life habits and the process of birth. We are your friends and supporters as you labor and give birth.

We will provide labor support or be a quiet presence giving watchful attention to you and your baby. We allow the birth to proceed naturally, seeking to intervene only when we see a departure from the normal.

It is our responsibility to be well prepared through studies of pregnancy and birth literature and keep our skills sharp. We strive to stay up to date on the latest news, but balance this information with the heart of midwifery. Our goal is to provide the best care for you and your baby.

We do not provide care in high-risk situations, but maintain basic knowledge and skills for whenever special circumstances occur. If more skill is required, we transfer care, but will offer support and comfort measures as you desire.

Once your baby has arrived, we encourage breastfeeding as the God-given way to encourage placental delivery and ensure your health and that of your baby. We also believe this promotes bonding within your family.

We give God the glory as the Creator of this new life and give thanks to the Great Physician who opens the womb for birth.

Benefits of Natural Birth

Some Key Points to Consider

  • Few Interventions – When your body is working well, it does not need any help! Interventions such as IV’s, constant fetal monitoring, being attached to a blood pressure cuff, not being able to move around can slow your labor.
  • More choices are offered – You don’t have to ask permission to eat, drink or go to the bathroom. There are no machines to unhook or move around.
  • Pain can be lessened – When a woman feels safe and secure, her body works more efficiently. Endorphins (the body’s own “morphine-like” substance) , flows readily, helping the mother to relax, decreasing the overall pain and time she is in labor.
  • Family can be as involved as you’d like – They can be present throughout labor and birth or just close by. They can cut the cord or actually catch the baby (with a little coaching) Many siblings “help” with the newborn exam and dressing the baby for the first time.
  • Satisfaction is higher – Over 99% of women who have had a home birth or birth center birth will choose to do one or the other with the next pregnancy.
  • Less risk of a c-section – Nationally, the c-section rate is over 32%. Birth center and home birth c-section rates are less than 10%.
  • Less risk of tearing – We assist you in gently controlled pushing thereby reducing the risk of tearing or needing to be cut.
  • Continuity of Care – We will be with you throughout the entire process. No shift changes!

Hospital

Please don’t get the idea that we are anti-hospital, because that could not be any further from the truth. If you have a complicated pregnancy, you don’t tolerate labor well, your baby doesn’t tolerate labor well, your baby is mal-positioned or you want to be in the hospital, then that is absolutely the place for you to be and we support you 100%.

If a transport during labor or birth is necessary, we will go with you and act as labor support so that you have that continuity of care that you deserve. We strive to have an excellent relationship with the hospital staff.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is an important part of any birth. We provide care for low risk clients. The first visit includes a complete physical assessment, medical history including a detailed previous birth history, nutritional counseling and the drawing of blood for labs. Subsequent visits occur at monthly intervals until 28 weeks, then bi-monthly until 36 weeks. Weekly prenatal visits the last few weeks ensure close contact leading up to delivery.

The initial visit usually will last at least an hour and a half, subsequent visits are one hour. The visits after 36 weeks are usually 30 minutes. Any concerns, whether they be physical, emotional or psychological may be addressed and discussed, in addition to the routine prenatal assessments and concerns, including:

  • Fetal Heart Tones
  • Position of Fetus
  • Emotional Status
  • Weight
  • Pulse
  • Edema
  • Blood Pressure
  • Fundal Height
  • Urine Dip
  • Nutrition
  • Movement of the Fetus
  • Discomforts/Remedies