Home Birth Consultations
The home birth consultation is a complementary non obligatory virtual conference call lasting approximately 90 minutes. During this consultation, the following is discussed: Introduction of each person: Name, age, where from, pregnancy/birth history, current pregnancy, what they are looking for, why choosing home birth Midwife's history, where she is from, family, midwifery experience and what she offers and qualification Define Birth Workers, CB Educator, Prenatal Fitness, Labor & Birth & Post Partum Doula, Midwife, OBGYN, Maternal/Fetal Specialist
Current climate of home birth in Georgia
What constitutes a good candidate for a home birth Walk through from prenatal through postpartum. What to expect of prenatal visits, labor & birth and postpartum care. Prenatal Caring vs Prenatal Care
Cost, what it covers and what it does not cover, when final payment is due, discounts and grants.
Prenatal visits usually last between 30 – 60 minutes. The first one will be 60 minutes as there is much to cover. We will talk about nutrition and your diet, your work environment, your support circle, lifestyle, exercise, labs, medical history, your previous births and any other information that we find relevant to your history. After your first visit, the visits will be thirty (30) minutes. On occasion, I will call the day before your office for a wellness check in.
Ideally, your Pre-Birth Home Visit take place during week 36 of your pregnancy. Due to the pandemic, this home visit will be virtual. There are quite a few things that will occur during this home visit. This visit allows me and my Student Midwife/Assistant to get familiar with how to get to your home. I ask that if possible, those (Family, Doula) who will be present at the birth to attend this visit so that we may answer any questions or concerns they may have and so that you will have a full picture of your birthing team.
This is YOUR BIRTH and the birth of YOUR BABY. We are here to support you in achieving a safe, enjoyable and empowering birth experience. We don’t manage your birth instead we allow it to flow naturally and normally. Rarely do we need to intervene. What we do is to help create a safe space for you to labor and birth the way you choose. We encourage, cheer, offer suggestions for movement and positions and if we need to use our skills and supplies, we are here for that too. I like to rely on the integrity of your body’s ability to let go and birth on its own rhythm and timing of course within safe reason. You may choose to birth on your bed, in a birth pool, in your garden tub or if it’s a nice day/evening in your hot tub outdoors. The temperature of the water is that of your body temperature and not any hotter.
Immediate Postpartum/Bonding Time
We encourage family bonding time after third stage is complete. Mama is assisted with breast-feeding and an afterbirth relaxing herbal bath is prepared for you and your baby. This provides a wonderful continuation for bonding for you and your baby. We use this time to clean up and tidy your birth room. We leave your home clean, the way we found it. When you return to your room from having your herbal bath, your bedroom will look like nothing ever took place. After your bath, you and your baby will be escorted to your freshly made bed with warm sheets right from the dryer (unless it’s summer!)
After Birth Postpartum Home Visits
Three postpartum visits will be offered after your birth. The first one will be within the first 36 hours after birth. The second visit will be the 2nd or 3rd day following the first visit and the next visitation day will be your baby’s first week birthday! If I suspect I need to do another follow up home visit, I will. Each visit will include a wellness check for both you and your baby.