Holistic Pregnancy & Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the loving care that you give your body and your baby every day of your pregnancy. Our goal is to support you in that loving care… to maximize the joys of pregnancy and minimize the discomforts and complications. Prenatal appointments are conducted in the comfort of our Post Falls or Spokane office. These appointments follow the standard schedule of once a month until 28 weeks and then every other week until 36 weeks. A home visit is done at 36 weeks in preparation for your birth and then weekly prenatal appointments are conducted in the office until birth.
During prenatal appointments a routine physical exam in done which includes: baby/fetal heart tones, blood pressure, protein/glucose urine checks, fundal height, and abdominal palpation to determine baby’s position. These things take about 10-15 minutes. Plenty of time is given after that to address your individual needs and concerns. This allows us to get to know one another and help prepare you emotionally/mentally for birth and baby.
Lab draws are performed during your regular prenatal appointments or referred to be done at your lab of choice. Ultrasounds and lab work are not a service covered in our fees, but can be ordered as you desire or your condition requires.
Labor & Birth
As midwives, we are there to support you during the birthing process. In the very early stages of labor we will often communicate over the phone. As your body changes and active labor is established, we will come to your home.
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We practice midwifery in whatever way you desire and the situation dictates. If you need constant hand’s on physical and emotional support, then that is what we provide. However, if you prefer to “do your own thing,” then we are comfortable sneaking in to monitor the baby and then sneaking back out to provide you with space. Our goal is protect your space to allow you to labor & birth as you see fit.
While you labor, things are prepped to allow for a relatively clean delivery. Babies are always placed on mom’s chest as soon as they are born. After birth you will be encouraged to bond with your baby. Breastfeeding assistance, newborn exam, clean up of the birth area, and assistance to help you freshen up are all included and will be provided at your pace. Typically this takes 3-4 hours after birth, but will continue as long as is necessary to ensure that everyone is transitioning well. Prior to departure, you will be tucked into your own bed, with your baby, for some much needed rest.
One of the best perks of midwifery care and home birth is that your postpartum, well baby care, and breastfeeding support will be performed in your home for the first 2 weeks. We cherish being able to support your intimate “baby moon” period by doing the normal postpartum assessments and procedures in your home. After the second week, appointments are conducted in the Post Falls or Spokane office.
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