Midwives specialize in low-risk healthy pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care. This also means that midwives are trained and experienced in recognizing when things fall outside of the normal range, and are able to see warning signs long before an emergency would occur. Your midwife and birth assistant are trained and certified in both adult and neonatal CPR and resuscitation. During your prenatal care you will be checked and monitored to ensure that it is safe to be at home, or if you need to be seen by a specialist such as a perinatologist for any deviations from normal. If there is a need for transfer of care either to the hospital or during pregnancy, your midwife will coordinate that transfer. Making the transition as smooth as possible. Your midwife will accompany you to the hospital and stay with you until you are settled and continue to check in on you as needed for support and guidance as your advocate.
No! This is often one of the first questions that come to mind when someone considers having a birth at home. Surprisingly, birth is not at all like it is portrayed in the media, and it really isn't very messy. Your midwife will provide you with a birth kit, which includes large plastic-backed pads, or chux pads as we call them, which helps to protect your bed and floor. Your midwife and birth team will start the laundry and clean up any sign of the birth before leaving your home so the visitors and family won't even know where the birth took place.
Occasionally issues come up in pregnancy, during labor and after birth that indicates we should consult an additional provider or transfer your care to the hospital. Our clients rarely transfer to the hospital; when they do, the most common reason is long labor with slowed or little to no progress. Transfers to the hospital are most common in first-time births. The vast majority of the time transports to the hospital occur, from your home, are non-emergency, and usually go by way of car. Your midwife will help to ensure a smooth transition, and stay as needed during and after to help with support .
If you have a healthy pre-pregnancy medical history and a healthy low-risk pregnancy and you have a desire to birth at home, then you are a fantastic candidate. To make sure you have the best chance to have a successful home birth, our midwives and yourself engage in an ongoing risk-screening process that begins at your initial visit and continues through the completion of care.
No! Planned home births can take place in your home, a friend or family member home, a townhouse, apartment, a trailer, a hotel, a birth center, and even a backyard or outside, weather permitting. Ideally, there needs to be running water, electricity and a phone, to ensure safety.
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