What if after I am in care with your practice, my pregnancy is no longer low-risk or normal therefore outside the California Midwifery Scope of Practice?
I will discuss with you all options that are available, the risks and benefits of each path, and make recommendations for your care. I can make referrals to specialized medical professionals and will support you through the transfer of care or with the option of co-care. Your records will be faxed to the hospital of your choice. We will discuss your individual needs and how I can best support you through the birth of your baby. If you so desire, postpartum care can be resumed after a hospital birth.
What if there is an emergency?
I bring a fully equipped birth bag to your house including resuscitation equipment for mom and baby, an oxygen tank, anti-hemorrhagic, and IV supplies. I am certified in CPR and NRP (neonatal resuscitation) and regularly practice these skills. If a transfer to the hospital is required, your records will be faxed to the hospital and communication with the hospital will be initiated by your midwife.
Can I take pictures?
Pictures are always welcome at a birth! You can even invite a birth photographer if you want!
Can kids be there?
Kids of all ages are welcome to attend prenatal and postpartum visits. For your birth, we will discuss your individual plan for your kids and what makes the most sense for your family. If you want your kids to be present, I recommend an “open-door” policy where they can come and go as they desire. I also recommend a care-taker whose job is to care for the kids. This person may or may not be present at the birth itself. Sometimes labor and birth is intense and emotional, not all kids are able to deal with their mom “working so hard.” Also to keep in mind, some moms need to be able to focus their total attention on birthing their babies and have the option of not being a mom to the rest of their kids.
Can I move around in labor? Can I eat or drink?
Absolutely! I want you to move, dance, and wiggle your baby down. Movement is encouraged, so is food and drink. Keeping your energy up during labor is important. While I do carry IV supplies, these are used for emergencies or dehydration rather than as a routine part of care.
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