We begin with comprehensive prenatal care, with attention to the whole person. This includes nutrition and lifestyle counseling, clinical monitoring of pregnant person and baby, referrals to other providers as necessary, laboratory testing, preparation for birth and parenting.
Birth care includes 24/7 on call availability for your labor; presence, support and ongoing assessment of birthing person and baby; second midwife or other skilled assistant; birth your way – choose your birth space and positions, I will follow you; waterbirth; support for early bonding and breastfeeding; instructions for caring for self, baby and family in the first days after birth.
We see each other for regular early postpartum home visits (usually three in the first week, then again at two weeks), followed by individual or group office visits at four, six and eight weeks; ongoing lactation support; postpartum nutrition and exercise counseling; support for family adjustments; birth certificate paperwork; lab work as indicated, including Newborn Screening; family planning counseling.
A special offering of Redwood Midwifery is Village Care™ — a unique model honoring and building upon the power of community. Meetings combine a one-on-one checkup with your midwife, a facilitated group session, and some social time to connect with other parents. Click here for more info on Village Care™.
Participation in Village Care™ is optional, and is supplemented by some full-length private appointments to complete your care. Clients may also opt out of groups choose all private appointments.
Monitrice care can be a good option for families who desire the continuity of care and holistic approach of home birth midwifery care but are planning to birth in the hospital, by choice or by necessity. In this role, I am not your primary care provider. Rather, I offer supplemental care in my areas of expertise as a midwife: holistic health counseling, preparing for a satisfying birth experience, labor support, postpartum recovery and lactation, and early parenting support. I attend your birth to act as your guide and advocate in navigating the hospital setting and all the related situations and choices that arise.
The exact schedule of appointments and services included in Monitrice care vary depending upon the needs of the client. Contact me for more details.
Wellness visits for basic, holistic gynecologic care including pap tests, STI screening, blood tests, sex-positive contraceptive and family planning education and counseling. Open to clients of all ages, from teens to elders.
Birthing from Within
“The heart’s journey begins with a call, an invitation from the soul to: speak authentically; open one’s heart, body and mind; do what needs to be done next; and love oneself all the while.” Birthing From Within
I have been profoundly touched and influenced, personally and professionally, by the philosophy, practices, and perspectives of Birthing From Within. It offers the invitation and the tools to metaphorically put our ears to the ground, learn how to listen below and inside, discern what we know and seek what we need to know, about ourselves and about our culture, to give birth in awareness.
Birthing From Within® was conceived and developed by Pam England, MA, CNM, a home birth midwife and mother who, inspired by her own birth experiences, developed this innovative, holistic approach to childbirth and postpartum preparation.
Some guiding principles of Birthing From Within that are strongly echoed in my work are:
Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).
The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information. The teacher (mentor) is "midwife" to the parents' discovery process, not the expert from whom wisdom flows.
The purpose of childbirth preparation is to prepare people to give birth-in-awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome.
Pregnancy and birth outcome are influenced by a variety of factors, but can't be controlled by planning.
Fathers and birth partners help best as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches; they also need support.
For parents, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a time of continuous learning and adjustment; holistic support and education should be available throughout that period.
I am an active Certified BFW Mentor and am using the name and quotes with permission. Learn more about BFW here.