The care offered in a home birth setting is very different than care offered in other settings. We come to you! Your birth team arrives at your home while you are in labor, and stays until you and your newborn are safely tucked into bed. Giving birth at home can be an incredible and empowering experience for the whole family. Staying in your home eliminates the need for a drive in labor and the discomfort and disruption that can bring, and allows you to be in the space where you are most comfortable and familiar. If families desire a water birth, we have resources for portable birth pools available to set up in your home.
Midwives bring personalized care into your labor and birth. As midwives we will communicate with you in early labor, and stay with you throughout your active labor and birth. We will monitor your baby and your vital signs, however, this is just a small part of what we offer. As your labor progresses the midwives will provide support and suggestions where needed, and sometimes just help create a calm supportive presence to help you through this experience.
Midwives bring many important skills with them to birth – all birth staff are trained in neonatal resuscitation and emergency management. We carry medications to manage bleeding, IV fluids, antibiotics, Vitamin K and eye prophylaxis for your newborn if desired. We have the skills to suture a tear or wound following the birth and offer or refer for other treatments as needed.
Your baby will go to you immediately after the birth, and remain undisturbed, skin-to-skin, for as long as possible. We will assess your newborn without disrupting those essential first moments of bonding. Most babies will breastfeed within an hour or two of birth and we can assist you in this with support and patience. We provide a head-to-toe newborn examination and communicate what we are doing as we complete your baby’s first check-up.
Once everyone is settled, we will help you to tuck in to bed to rest. Your midwife will call you to check-in the day following the birth, and to schedule your home visit within 24-48 hours of the birth. In addition, your midwives at BirthWise are just a phone call away, should a need or concern arise for yourself or your newborn.