Family Centered Midwifery Care
Our fundamental belief is that women are powerful and that birth is a normal event in the life of a family. As each mother and baby are unique, each birth is unique. Together, pregnancy, labor and birth can be a powerful rite of passage for a family. During this precious transformation we midwives serve to hold a circle of safety allowing labor and birth to unfold naturally.
When pregnancy, labor and birthing are supported in a way that does not interfere with the woman’s natural instincts, it can be one of the most empowering and fulfilling experiences in a woman’s life. It has the potential to impact everyone present in the deepest of ways. Having your baby at home gives you the choice of who you want to attend your birth and who cares for you. You can choose what foods you feel like eating and what you want to drink. During your labor, you can walk, dance or rest following your body’s natural instincts. Feeling safe and supported helps your labor progress normally. If you desire, you can give birth in water and then move to your own cozy bed. Following birth, you are given the space to connect with your baby, closely observing your baby’s natural reflexes and allowing the breastfeeding relationship to unfold in a calm and unhurried atmosphere. This sets the stage for an optimal breastfeeding.
If extra care is needed for you or your baby at the time of birth, everything is done in your presence and with your consent. If medical intervention is required we will give you a full explanation about what is being done and why. Giving birth at home allows you to be in charge and ask for what you need during labor and birth. Your midwives maintain a circle of safety with watchful intuitive eyes and ears, allowing you to do what comes naturally.
When families are provided with education, good prenatal care and possess a healthy positive outlook, homebirth is a safe alternative to hospital birth. We encourage women and families to take responsibility for their health and well-being and make informed choices about their care.