I believe that prenatal education and planning go a long way in setting things up for the birth you desire. This doesn’t guarantee anything, but it lays a good foundation. I will help you determine what is important to you in your birth – This is YOUR birth, and then guide you as you write that out in a way that your care providers should respect and remember. I am there to encourage you at the end of pregnancy when you are just ready to be done. I am there as a sounding board when you want to bounce off your care provider’s suggestions. I can guide you in finding relevant research to support your decisions. In early labor I will offer lots of phone support. I will encourage you and make suggestions based on what is going on at the time. In active labor I will either join you at your home or place of birth depending on your preference. I will be there to encourage you, offer physical comfort measures, remind you of things we talked about prenatally, and help you in positions that encourage labor progress. I do NOT speak to your doctor for you, encourage you to go against medical advice or perform any clinical tasks. I remain with you for two hours after birth to assist you in breastfeeding if you choose to do so, and to make sure all is well. I follow up frequently in the first two weeks postpartum to make sure you and baby are doing well, and to offer guidance or referrals if needed. I will especially be looking for breastfeeding difficulties, difficulties in adjusting to life with a newborn, and signs of postpartum mood disorders. I maintain contact through six weeks postpartum, supporting you through the adjustments and helping you process your birth.
I support all types of births. I saw a graphic this week that said “You’ve got this. I’ve got you”. I think that really sums up my heart. I believe you already have within you the power to have a positive birth. I am there to walk with you through it, to encourage when things get hard, to hold you up when you think you are going to fall, and to see you through the struggles and into the victory. I am passionate about birth and compassionate towards women. This is what makes my heart sing. This is the very work I was created for.