Your body, your birth, and your baby. Embrace your hopes and desires. Like an estuary with its natural ebb and flow, pregnancy and birth are beautiful times of transition, as women and men become parents, and families grow and flourish.
In your home, you find refuge and sanctuary, where you are honored in every step of the journey, surrounded by whomever you choose, to give birth uninhibited.
Prenatal Care~ A beautiful birth experience begins with great prenatal care. And, great prenatal care actually happens in between office visits as you nurture and care for yourself and your baby – spirit, soul, and body.
Our 1 hour prenatal visits are family-centered and collaborative. We’ll discuss any questions you have, thoughts you may be processing, and cover topics such as prenatal parenting, nutrition, optimal fetal positioning, undisturbed and ecstatic birth, and breastfeeding. At each visit, we’ll also spend some time palpating and measuring your belly and listening to your baby’s heartbeat.
We get together once a month until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks. At 36 weeks, we visit your home in preparation for the birth, and then we will see you back in the office weekly until your baby arrives.
Along with the nurturing model of midwifery care, you are also given every opportunity for options within the standard of care including labwork and prenatal testing.
Email and phone consultations are welcome between visits as questions and concerns may arise.
Labor and Birth~ Beginning with 24/7 on-call support, your midwives are always available to you. Once active labor has been established, or when you feel like you need more support, we will arrive at your home. Depending on what your needs are, we will either be in the room with you providing hands-on support, or in a nearby room while you labor privately, quietly checking in on you and baby from time to time.
As the time of birth grows closer, we’ll be right by your side, helping you bring your sweet baby into the world. We’ll quietly and closely observe both you and baby to ensure well-being, all the while honoring and protecting the precious new moments between mom, dad, baby, and family.
Over the next few hours, while you and baby get to know each other, we’ll make you a meal, tidy your home, and put in a load of laundry. We’ll check back in to help with breastfeeding, assess mom and baby, help dad (or big brother or sister) weigh your baby, and ensure everyone is transitioning well. We’ll review postpartum instructions, including an on-call number in case of any questions, and leave you snuggled together until our next 24-hour postpartum visit.
Postpartum and Newborn Care~ Another unique aspect of homebirth midwifery, is the postpartum care you receive in your home. The postpartum period is a sacred time, a “babymoon” and many cultures set aside and protect this time and space for a full 6 weeks. In honor of this time, and the necessary rest and bonding time that you and your baby will need, we will return to your home for the scheduled one-day, three-day, and seven-day visits. During these visits, we will assess mom’s healing, baby’s growth and health, and the family’s overall well-being. We’ll then see you back in the office at 2 weeks and 6 weeks, providing the full circle of postpartum and newborn care.
Congratulations on pursuing the beautiful journey of home birth. I look forward to coming alongside you on this journey.
Angela Seeling, Intern Midwife – Providing pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support to families in the greater Denver area since 1998 - with a nurturing spirit, an empowering strength, and a servant’s heart.
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