Prenatal Support

"Birth decisions should not be based on misinformation, fear, and someone else's agenda - it should be personal, instinctive and informed decision that must be respected by the chosen care giver on how and where the mother-to-be wants to birth." - Vicky Thomas

 

When you come into care with Birthing Instinct you will be given a unique gift. Midwifery support is not like any other support in the birth community. With midwifery support you get long meaningful, intentional appointments catered to your needs. This time is spent going through an array of topics. An emotional check in, physical check in, education, and space to ask all the questions you would like. 

At Birthing Instinct we see fewer clients giving us the space and time to invest in your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.   

Home-centered prenatal care is something that is very important to us. Spending our hour long visits in the comfort of your home is an impactful way to keep this pregnancy low risk. This allows us an oppurtunity to to get to know each other, bond, and  build a trusting safe space for you to give birth. This time will be spent filled with laughter, tears, or a combo of both, which is what makes this work such a sacred time for families, all while forming life long relationships at the same time.    

 

Physical Check In for Mom

  • Blood Pressure 

  • Pulse 

  • Discussing any physical symptoms you may be feeling and best ways to alleviate the uncomfortable ones

Physical Check In for Baby 

  • Listen to your baby's heart rate at each appointment using

    • Doppler

    • Fetoscope (which is basically like a stethoscope specifically made to listen to baby's in the womb)

  • Talk about fetal movement  

  • Checking your fundal height (which is done with a measuring tape from the top of your pubic bone to the top of your uterus) 

  • Checking the position of your baby (as you progress in pregnancy we can help you, other children, partner, and any other person present feel as well)

    • Head

    • Back

    • Butt

    • Extremities 

Emotional Check In 

  • How are you doing? Pregnancy brings lots of changes

    • Aches and pains

    • Growth, change, and stretching (literally and figuratively)

  • How do you feel about the upcoming birth?

  • How are you feeling about the relationships in your life? 

  • Your mental health matters

There can be a lot happening emotionally, and I am here to talk about it, process it, and encourage you along the way. I never push my clients to share more than they are willing, but I always leave that space open for you to utilize it as you feel comfortable.

Education 

  • Informed Consent

  • Informed Consent

  • Informed Consent

I will give you an overview of the research, the pros and cons of just about everything I can offer you, and you get to say yes or no. I give you information about tests available to you, referrals we can offer, choices you have for interventions...and then we get to discuss it and you get to make the final call. If there is something that clinically I deem to be necessary, we have that conversation as well.

 

***i am an apprentice trained traditional birth~intuit. i support and welcome ALL births and strive to preserve the physiological birth process. at this time i am working with a senior midwife who is overseeing me and my clients to help me achieve my credentials as a CPM. feel free to ask me what this means and why****repeat clients always welcome*

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