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Common Discomforts of Pregnancy/Part 1

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Midwife discussing complaints with client

Backache
One of the most common complaints in pregnancy is back pain. It is very common and may be due to muscle strain from the weight and pull of the growing uterus and fetus. Other causes of backache that are much less common but should be considered as they may be indicative of a more serious problem are preterm labor, pyelonephritis, or renal calculi. Read more -->

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What To Expect From a Midwife

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Respectful Treatment

  • Gentle, nurturing care that respects you, your family and your beliefs.
  • Respect for your informed decisions about medical test,recommendations and interventions
  • Willingness to support your birth plan,including any family members and friends you may want present at the birth
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Homebirth: What's It All About

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It's About Your Baby

When babies are born, they are able to see, hear, taste,and smell. They are ready to be loved and nurtured. In your own home, your baby will be in your arms from the moment of birth. Surrounded by the family that love and care for him/her. Your baby will be handled with love and respect by your midwives.

It's About Love

Birth is about love. A woman who is supported by midwives in the privacy of her own home is able to form a deep bond with her baby, birth partner, and other family members. These bonds will last a lifetime. Read more -->

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Midwife Model of Care

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Women in the United States are learning that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy processes, not diseases. They are finding out that they and their families can benefit from the care of a midwife. Read more -->

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Did You Know?

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Here are some surprising facts about midwifery you might not know. Read more -->

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Nutrition in Pregnancy

One of the fundamental differences between the care of a midwife and an obstetrician is the emphasis on good nutrition. How a woman eats in her pregnancy can effect her physical and emotional well-being as well as the growth of her baby, a healthy placenta, and healthy perineal tissues. With a healthy balanced diet and exercise, many of the complications that can cause a woman to be considered "high risk" can be avoided. Read more -->

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Reasons TO Wearing Your Baby

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Heart brain connection

There are many wonderful reasons to wear your baby. One of the most profound is the heart-brain connection. It can be a firm foundation for the healthy development of the bodily senses, such as touch, movement and balance. Research has shown that the infant must have continued reinforcement of its own heart from the mother's heart. Read more -->

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What if the Woman Needs to be Transferred to the Hospital During Labor?

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My transfer rate is around 7% and C-Section rate around 5%. The most common reason for transport during labor is if the woman is not making any progress due to exhaustion. The hospital is notified and then we go by private car. The goal is healthy mom and baby and want to have the woman at the hospital before the baby is comprimised by the mother's exhaustion. Other reasons to transfer to the hospital during labor : non-reassuring fetal heart tones, thick meconium and the birth not imminent, malpresentation of the fetus (e.g. Read more -->

Is There A Mess?

This is the question I get asked by the men more than the women. And no there is not a mess. Usually one load of laundry and one bag of trash. I will dispose of the placenta if you do not want to keep it.

What sort of supplies/equipment do the midwives bring to a birth?

I bring the same supplies that is in a birth center. This includes oxygen and the tubing, instruments for cutting the cord or emergency episiotomy, suturing supplies, doppler to monitor the fetus, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, anti-hemorrhagic meds, herbs, homeopathics, IV fluids, sterile gloves and gauze, etc.....
basically all the medical equpiment.