Midwifery Care

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. 

Our midwives and doulas provide woman-centered health care so you can be a key player in making decisions for yourself and your baby. Photo: Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography

The Midwives 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.

 - Midwifery Task Force, Inc.,

Prenatal Care

Night and Day Midwives provide woman-centered health care.

Midwives specialize in normal low-risk pregnancy and reducing unnecessary interventions. We spend time getting to know you, your desires for this pregnancy and birth, and your unique concerns and health history. Midwifery care means being a key player in decision making for yourself and your baby.   

Prenatal visits are 30-60 minutes long. During your first appointment we will review your health history and may perform a general physical exam. Nutrition is a key aspect of midwifery care that is generally lacking in health care. Optimizing pregnancy outcomes starts with what you eat. We will also discuss testing options such as labs and ultrasound ahead of time so that you can make an informed decision about your care. Each visit includes palpating your belly to see what position your baby is in and measure growth. Involving partners and the baby's siblings is a special focus of our care. Siblings can participate in listening to the baby's heart and can enjoy learning how the baby is developing and growing! At 36-37 weeks Sarah and Brittany along with our birth assistant will do an in-home prenatal visit to review set-up and supplies for the birth. This is a great time for us to meet any doula, family member or friend that you plan to have at the birth supporting you. We can act as a much more cohesive team when we've met together.

Birth 

At your birth we strive to keep a quiet low-key presence.

Photo by Catie Stevens, Vuefinder Photography

Photo by Catie Stevens, Vuefinder Photography

During your labor we use a hand held doppler to listen to the baby's heart and will assess your vitals. You are able to move around freely and eat and drinking is encouraged. After the baby is born and you've had plenty of true skin-to-skin snuggle time, we do a head-to-toe assessment on the baby. Bonding with baby means more than giving the "golden hour". Baby and mom are given couplet care, and most vitals and newborn evaluation is done with baby right on the mother's chest. 

Postpartum care 

Around 24 hours, 3 days, and 1 week we do in-home visits to weigh baby, support breastfeeding, and take mom's vitals. One of those visits will be with a Rachael Oeffner, a Certified Lactation Educator. We are available 24 hours if you have any questions or concerns in-between visits. At 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 6 months you are offered in-office visits to continue to support your family. The postpartum time is a key focus on our care. The six month visit is a great time to discuss nutrition and emotional well-being (and we love to see how are clients little ones have grown)!