Based on the Midwifery Model of Care, homebirth midwifery honors the mother and baby throughout prenatal care, birth and the delicate postpartum period. The schedule of care follows that of any obstetric provider, with monthly visits from conception to 28 weeks, then every two weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly visits until delivery. At 36 weeks we plan a home visit to discuss your desired birth plan in depth, familiarize ourselves with your home etc. After delivery I will come to your home for a 24 hour visit, a visit on day 3 or 4, and then see you back at the office at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. My license and scope of practice qualifies me to be your primary care provider and to care for your baby from conception to 6 weeks postpartum.
It is my belief that pregnancy and birth should be celebrated as a normal, healthy and beautiful rite of passage for each family. Each prenatal care visit is typically 45-60 minutes and involves a great deal of discussion/education around nutrition, exercise, emotional well-being and all the changes that pregnancy and parenting bring to your family.
I believe the best birth attendants are very familiar with normal pregnancy and birth and know how to stay “out of the way” when things are progressing well, yet know how to respond quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency. I strive to offer individualized care throughout the process, and recognize myself as a guest witnessing and doing my best to protect your experience and journey through pregnancy and birth.
The Midwives Model of Care (as written by the Midwifery Task Force)
The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
- monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- minimizing technological interventions and;
- identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
As midwives, we believe the practice of midwifery to be distinct from the practice of medicine. We base our profession on a model of care which believes:
- Each woman is unique and her care should be tailored to meet her individual needs.
- Attending to a woman's emotional and spiritual needs is as important as providing adequate medical care.
- Midwives are trained by other midwives, whether that training takes place in schools or through apprenticeships.
- Midwives maintain a professional attitude and practice which promotes collegial and respectful relationships among all health care providers.
- The relationship between midwife and client is collaborative.
- Midwives support the inter-relationship of midwifery and communities.
- Midwives promote the awareness of the connection between health of women, babies, and families; the environment; and the world communities.
Placenta encapsulation- As you look forward to the birth of your baby, consider the age-old practice of ingesting your placenta for nutritive support in the postpartum. Placenta encapsulation offers a safe, effective method for receiving all the nutritional benefits your placenta has to offer you and your baby.
The placenta’s hormonal makeup is completely unique to each mother and baby. No prescription, vitamin, or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. What a wonderful and amazing gift to give your body!
Placenta Pills May-
- Decrease Risk for Postpartum Depression
- Decrease Postpartum Bleeding
- Speed Recovery After Birth
- Increase Milk Supply
- Increase General Energy
- Improve Quality of Sleep
- Decrease Risk of Iron Deficiency
Placenta Encapsulation Services are available to anyone in the area. Beka can pick up your placenta at the hospital or your home, depending on your place of birth. Please contact her for more information-
Beka teaches Natural Childbirth Classes twice per year with Certified Professional Midwife Annie Rotondi with Newflower Midwifery. This class is appropriate for women planning hospital or homebirth and we review the following topics:
*Health during pregnancy
*Prenatal care providers
*Natural Physiological Birth
*Stages of Labor
*Interventions and Alternatives
*Creating a birth plan