Our role is to support and guide you through your pregnancy and birth. We provide information and education. This allows you to actively participate in your own care, make informed decisions and take responsibility for your own health. We encourage your family to participate in your care as much as you are comfortable. We have found that when your family participates in your care they feel more relaxed and secure when we arrive for your birth.
Prenatal visits usually last 30-45 minutes; this allows plenty of time to talk, answer questions and discuss your concerns. We want you to feel prepared for childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. The visits include checking your blood pressure and urine, listening to baby’s heartbeat, palpating baby’s position and measuring your baby’s growth.
Home Prenatal Visits can be arranged for an additional fee ($1,000.00). We will come to your home for all appointments throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period. Many women appreciate this option (especially those with small children or a husband who is deployed). These appointments are just like the prenatal visits listed above, except that they are in your own home.
Appointment Scheduling follows the traditional ACOG schedule or The Reduced-frequency Visit Schedule.
A) The traditional ACOG Prenatal Visit Schedule of every 4 weeks up to 28–32 weeks gestation, every 2 weeks between 32 and 36 weeks, and then weekly until birth.
B) The Reduced-frequency Visit Schedule of one visit in each of the following weeks gestation: 6–8, 14–16, 24–28, 32, 36, 38, and then weekly until birth. This schedule may not be familiar to you but the conclusion of a study of this schedule was that low risk women experienced no difference in perinatal outcomes or anxiety. Women in the reduced frequency group reported an increased level of satisfaction with both provider and the prenatal care system. PMID: 9277060 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Midwifery care and home delivery require that you take responsibility for your care so, we just ask that once you pick a schedule you stick to it!