Visitors The first weeks are a time of enormous change. Are you really ready for visitors? Some visitors are really helpful and will pitch in with housework, but others need to be "entertained." You know who they are! Be clear about who can visit and when. What will their job be while they visit? … Continue reading Birth Plan Series: What’s your plan for postpartum?
What does your ideal birth look like? What's your vision for your birth? A birth plan for a birth center or home birth is very different than one for a hospital birth. There are many resources online for hospital birth plans, but few available for a non-hospital birth. Rather than being about all of the … Continue reading Birth Plan Series: Holding space for a beautiful birth
When we think of birth plans, we often think of all of the things that happen at the actual birth. We need to broaden that discussion and think about how your prenatal care impacts your entire birth experience. Evidence-based care begins with shared decision making How do you want to approach decision making about your prenatal care? … Continue reading Birth Plan Series: How your prenatal care impacts your birth
When speaking with people about where they plan to give birth to their first baby, I often hear this, "We're probably going to go with the more 'traditional" route and have the first baby in the hospital with an obstetrician. Next baby, we might try giving birth at the birth center with a midwife." While I respect … Continue reading Why You Should Have Your First Baby With a Midwife
I could give you a textbook definition of what a midwife is, but you can find that anywhere with a quick Google search. I could tell you all about the Midwives Model of Careand spout statistics about how great midwifery care is. I'm not going to do that here. I could tell you how skilled we are and how we are … Continue reading What is a midwife? There’s more to the story than catching babies.
Words are important. Words are especially important when you're pregnant or giving birth. Subtle messages given by a care provider or a family member, both verbal and non-verbal, do a lot to either boost or dash your confidence in your body, your birth, and your mothering. We midwives meet people who have been told their … Continue reading Things my midwife said
Neel Shah, OB/GYN and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, spoke today at the American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute today in Anchorage, Alaska. His presentation was "System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine." Neel gave a rather insightful perspective on birth centers from the lens of an obstetrician … Continue reading Birth Centers are the “right tool for the job” of natural birth