Home Birth

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 yummy 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. Walking with you on this journey of transformation as you enter your birthing space empowered and forever changed.

Consult

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, I will send you some forms to fill out and we will work together to setup 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 about 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.

Additional Prenatal Visits

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 you go into labor, give me a call! We’ll talk over the phone and decide together when it’s time for me 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, again sometime between 3-4 days postpartum, between 1-2 weeks postpartum and again at 6 weeks postpartum. I’m available for additional visits in the first 6 weeks, if you need more support, and am available by phone, as well.