When you learn you’re pregnant, the first step is choosing your desired birthing environment and provider. Research has shown the home to be a safe location to birth for low-risk pregnancies, allowing the natural process to unfold with the skillful and compassionate care of professional midwifery services. Home birth midwifery care decreases unnecessary interventions and increases a new family’s confidence and satisfaction in birth and parenting. A professional home birth midwifery team follows the same ACOG recommended visit schedule of care and screening options as any standard OBGYN office.
Midwives offer evidence-based care, unencumbered by routine practice or hospital policy. Instead of a 10-minute appointment, they are typically with you for 60-90 minutes every meeting. Rather than planning birth under hospital lights with strangers, you’re planning your birth in the comfort of your home with providers you’ve come to know and trust. While you enjoy getting to know the sweet newborn baby in your arms, they team will prepare nutritious postpartum snacks and tend to your home before tucking you into bed for a truly good night’s rest.
It’s important to note the difference between doulas and midwives. While a doula is more like a birthing coach, a midwife is a similar trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle. While a midwife and doula may offer many of the same qualities, it is the midwife that will deliver the baby and perform necessary medical examinations throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum.
You’ll be a parent for the rest of your life. After the birth of your baby, there may be new challenges during the first weeks of parenthood. Doulas provide a wide spectrum of support which include breastfeeding assistance, newborn care, help around the home cooking healthy meals, laundry, and emotional as well as physical support.