Philosophy and Style of Care
Because I believe God created pregnancy and birth as sacred, fundamentally normal, physiological processes, I commit to respect and protect the birth space, allowing labor it to take its normal course, in order to help each woman birth naturally, safely and confidently. Essential components of holistic care include attentive, skilled, and evidence-based support, establishing a caring atmosphere, limiting unnecessary interventions, education and empowerment of the mother to make her own decisions about her care, encouraging her self-expression, and respecting her privacy. Home birth is a wonderful choice for healthy women who want to experience birthing their baby in a place where they feel free, safe and private.
I practice an intentional, individualized model of prenatal care. My goal is to equip you to make your own decisions about your care by providing unbiased, evidence-based research and information on the risks and benefits of each test or treatment offered, and giving you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. This is true informed choice. Along with nutrition, exercise, overall physical and emotional well-being, how to prepare for a natural childbirth, mother’s vital signs, normal growth and development of the baby, and listening to baby’s heartbeat, prenatal appointments allow plenty of time for questions and answers and meaningful discussions to explore and help resolve fears and concerns you or your family may have. Caring attention will develop a trusting and nurturing relationship between us that will go a long way to assisting you to labor and give birth naturally, safely, and confidently.
During labor and birth, I maintain a non-interventive, hands-off style, while remaining attentive and available should you need any kind of support or encouragement. I assist to protect and maintain your autonomy, freedom of movement and choice of position, freedom to eat and drink in labor; practice no forced exams or interventions, no time limits on normal labor and birth, respectful one-on-one individualized care, empowering and encouraging support and suggestions, trust in you and your body’s ability to birth naturally; and facilitate a physiologically intact atmosphere that promotes early bonding and involvement of the whole family, establishment of a healthy breastfeeding relationship, and a peaceful, private and familiar environment that is free of disruptions and distractions. At no additional cost to you, I attend each birth with an assistant midwife.
The Midwives Model of Care™ is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary obstetrics. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. Midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide labor and birth, address complications, and care for newborns. The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. 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.
Training and Experience
I am an apprentice-trained Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives. (For more information on the CPM credential, visit Ask the Midwife). I have been attending births since 2012, and since then have attended several hundred birth center and homebirths. In 2014, I worked at a birth center near Manila, Philippines, where I delivered babies and provided prenatal, postpartum, newborn, and well woman care to hundreds of women and children. I maintain certification with the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and CPR for healthcare professionals (AHA BLS), and the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics in neonatal resuscitation (AHA/AAP NRP).
In addition, I have completed the following courses: CAPPA labor doula training, Basic Disaster Birth Support through MorningStar Midwifery and WWIIL, Critical Congenital Heart Defect Newborn Screening, Newborn Metabolic Screening, and Newborn Hearing Screening, all through Kansas Department of Health & Environment, intravenous (IV) therapy, suturing, Bowen therapy, and several accupressure workshops, Evidence-Based Midwifery Practice, Global Midwifery through Emory University and World Health Organization, Tongue-Tie and Suck Training taught by Annie Ver Steeg IBCLC, and Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care through Mercy in Action College of Midwifery.
I offer a free, no stress consultation appointment at my office, giving us the opportunity to get to know one another and ask questions. Contact me to schedule your visit!
- Waterbirth and tub rental
- Preconception nutritional analysis and counseling
- 24 hour availability from start of care up to 6 weeks postpartum
- Full comprehensive prenatal care, scheduled monthly from start of care until 28 weeks, twice monthly during weeks 28-36, and weekly from 36 weeks until you give birth
- Ongoing nutritional and herbal counseling
- Educational resources
- Lab work
- Ultrasound referral
- Insurance billing
- Empowering labor support
- Full newborn exam
- Newborn metabolic and CCHD screening, referral for hearing screen
- Birth certificate completion and filing
- Full postpartum and newborn care up to care up to 6 weeks
- Doula birth support services in hospital
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