MIDWIFERY CARE

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What tools does a midwife use?

knowledge of natural labor 

trust in a woman's ability to birth

knowledge of labor positions to speed or slow contractions

hydrotherapy: shower and birthing pools

acupressure points to help strengthen contractions, relieve pain, and more!

herbs for baths, teas, essential oils, and compresses

warm compresses to help prevent perineal tears as the baby's head is born

ultrasonic dopplers to monitor fetal heart tones 

sterile scissors and bands for after the umbilical cord has stopped pulsing

IV fluids to hydrate and replenish electrolytes for when a woman is not able to drink to stay hydrated 

pharmaceutical medications for postpartum, in case a mother is bleeding too much

local anesthetic and suture, in the case a mother tears

an infant scale to weigh baby postpartum

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    Prenatal care for mother & Baby

    • Holistic health care and counseling
    • Prenatal appointments once a month from 4-28 weeks, every two weeks from 28-36, every week from 36 on.
    • Prenatal screening throughout pregnancy including lab work and ultrasounds as family chooses
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    Labor & birth

    • On-call midwife 24 hours a day
    • Two certified neonatal resuscitation providers present at birth
    • Midwifery wisdom, remedies, and resources available throughout 

    postpartum

    • Immediate postpartum home care: close attendance through initial hours of newborn transition
    • Tidying and cleaning after the birth (homebirth is a surprisingly clean and tidy event)
    • Breastfeeding guidance
    • Newborn head-to-toe physical and neurological exam
    • Suturing with local anesthetic 
    • Postpartum healing support for mother
    • Postpartum flower infusion for peri bottle and bath
    • Postpartum home visits
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    Breastfeeding support

    • Immediate and ongoing assistance with latch and breastfeeding
    • Baby weights and help with milk supply