Prenatal Care

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You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make…or don’t make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you have or haven’t done so far to create the outcome you want. ~ Kim Wildner

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Quality prenatal care is one of the foundations of a healthy pregnancy. Essential to that is client participation, education and informed decision making. While we will do our best to point you in unbiased directions for research and information, it is important that you take the responsibility for each aspect of your pregnancy and birth. Midwifery care is all about a partnership between midwife and family, and the freedom of every mother to make her own decisions!

Each scheduled prenatal visit with us is personalized to your needs and includes focus on nutrition and diet, as well as the emotional and practical aspects of preparation for birth and parenthood. The hour-long visits begin with taking the time to answer your questions, and help you formulate your vision for your birth. After that we will do a physical exam which includes measuring uterine growth, listening to the baby’s heartbeat, palpating baby’s position, and taking your blood pressure. Periodic blood tests will be required during your pregnancy, and will be done at your regularly scheduled prenatal visits, or at the lab location closest to you. Appointments are scheduled at different intervals during your pregnancy, beginning with monthly, then progressing to weekly during the end of the last trimester. We also offer belly mapping from 36 weeks on. It’s quite fun to visualize exactly how your baby is laying in the womb! We pay close attention to baby’s position as your pregnancy advances, as an optimally positioned baby means an optimal labor!

We also offer prenatal care separate from the birth package. Some couples want co-care in order to get the personalized attention of the midwife, even though they might choose to deliver in the hospital. Sometimes families that travel extensively need to have a prenatal visit done, just to make sure everything is ok. We are happy to provide this service for you!

Family participation is highly encouraged!

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Big brother bonding with his sister...
Big brother bonding with his sister…

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…resulted in pure love after birth!

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