Can you imagine the blissful joy of welcoming your baby in the familiar comfort of your own home? Surrounded by those you love. Cozy and warm after a shower, you are lovingly tucked into a freshly made bed and your precious little one snuggled beside you; warm tea and a plate of nourishing food awaiting you. As you nibble and snuggle, your home is transformed back into its pre-birth comfort and lived-in beauty by your birth attendants. We leave you now to rest in your bed with your beloved and this new little one who is the perfect expression of the love between you. Blissful?
Willow River Midwifery embraces gentle, holistic, whole person care that is based in the practice of wisdom sharing, nurturance and empowerment. We walk with you on this journey of transformation as you enter your birthing space empowered and forever changed.
The consult visit can take place in person, over the phone, or Zoom, if you prefer a video call. We can ask each other questions and decide if we’re a good fit for one another in this pregnancy. If we decide to work together, we will send you some forms to fill out and we will work together to prepare for your first prenatal visit.
Initial Prenatal Visit
This visit takes place in the first trimester (or later, if you’re transferring care from another provider/facility). At this visit, we go over the Informed Choice documents and talk through laboratory, ultrasound and genetic tests and screens that are offered in pregnancy. Together, we’ll choose which of those tests and screens to run in order to have the best picture of your overall health. We’ll have time to talk, get to know one another better and ask any additional questions. We’ll also take a set of vital signs and if you’re 8 weeks along or further, we’ll listen for baby’s heartbeat.
We get see each other throughout your pregnancy:
Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks
Every 2 weeks from 28 weeks to 40 weeks
Every week from 40 weeks until birth
More visits as needed and desired.
Labor and Birth Support
When labor begins, give us a call! We’ll talk over the phone and decide together when it’s time for someone from the team to come. Your midwife and her team will arrive quietly, introducing themselves to your birthspace. Your midwives will stay until a few hours after your babe is born, making sure that you both are stable, fed, healthy and well.
Postpartum, Lactation, and Well-Baby Care
Check-ins on you and baby will happen sometime between 24-36 hours after birth in your own space. Again we visit sometime between 3-4 days postpartum, between 1-2 weeks postpartum and again at 6 weeks postpartum.
Additional Postpartum Visits
We are available for additional visits in the first 6 weeks and if you need more support our team is available by phone or email.