Holistic Prenatal Care
Holistic prenatal care is our particular expertise as midwives. In unhurried one hour long prenatal visits, we serve as pregnancy mentors. Having witnessed hundreds of pregnancies and births as well as our own, we are experts in non-invasive and supportive care. . Gentle guidance through the journey of pregnancy and birth is seen as laying the foundation for early parenting. We are interested in our clients achieving optimal outcomes through careful preparation. We know women birth more normally when they are well prepared and supported around physical, mental, and spiritual health. Couples often attend many visits together and the partner’s experience is highly valued and considered at every step. Holistic prenatal care encompasses health education around nutrition, exercise, supplements, breastfeeding, childbirth education, movement and breath work. We either offer or refer our clients for more in-depth classes for breastfeeding, baby care, infant CPR, childbirth education, movement and breath-work. In addition, we follow a standard schedule of visits and also measure and collect all the standard medical information during our visits, including checking weight, blood pressure, measuring the baby’s growth and listening to the heartbeat. We also draw and interpret all the standard labs.
Holistic prenatal care is appropriate for any pregnant couple, regardless of choice of birth setting. If a woman either does not qualify or does not choose home birth for medical or personal reasons, she will gain much benefit from the optimal preparation for her birth journey that is found in our holistic prenatal care. Holistic prenatal care is included in our standard home birth care.