Homebirth

I provide midwifery care to those who are planning to birth at home!  I practice the Midwifery Model of Care, which I feel everyone deserves and is paramount in preparation for home birth.  As your midwife, I provide comprehensive and holistic health care throughout your pregnancy, during your labor + birth, and for you and your newborn during the first 6 weeks postpartum.  In the early stages of care, we form a relationship based on trust and informed consent, so that you can move forward feeling empowered with all your decisions surrounding childbirth.  I believe strongly in both intuition and evidence based care, and feel that both are necessary to make informed choices.

I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a Licensed Midwife (LM) in California.  I am a member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective and participate in regular peer review with local midwives.  I am a home birth midwife because my heart is of service to the raw and unbreakable power that comes through childbirth and I am committed to creating safe spaces for people to birth their babies the way they want.  I am a firm believer in freedom of choice, freedom to choose how and where you birth.  I am honored to witness birth as a rite of passage – however it’s done.  I am humbled to be serving my community as a midwife.

Evidence on homebirth:

Online resources on recent research + Published articled using MANAstats

Choosing home birth by Aviva Romm MD

Prenatal Care

During your prenatal care we meet every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks from 28-36 weeks, and weekly from 36 weeks until birth.  Our first meeting is about 2 hours and covers an initial health biography, social and emotional history, any necessary lab work and a nutritional assessment.  I provide lifestyle, nutritional and supplemental recommendations as needed.  Our meetings include education surrounding pregnancy and birth, a full evaluation of both you and your baby at each visit, and plenty of time to answer questions.  Our meetings last about 1 hour and are done either in the comfort of your home or at my Berkeley office.  Throughout your pregnancy I am available by phone or email.

Labor + Birth

I begin to be on-call for you from 37 weeks of pregnancy until the birth of your baby.  You call me when you feel your labor has begun, and I come to your home during your labor to provide an initial labor assessment of you and your baby.  I will continue to monitor the well-being of both of you throughout your labor and birth.  As birth approaches, I call in a second midwife to assist me, whom you’ve had a chance to meet ahead of time.  After the birth, I stay with you for 3-4 hours.  During this time I will do a full newborn exam and assist you in establishing breastfeeding.

Postpartum

Your postpartum care includes home visits at 1 day, 3 days, 5-7 days, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks.  During these visits I provide comprehensive care for both you and your newborn which includes; wellness assessments, breastfeeding support, support for the transition to parenting, lab tests as necessary, birth control counseling as requested, and referrals to your pediatrician if needed.  I continue to be available to you by phone or email for questions or concerns that should arise during this time.

 

If you’re considering home birth, or would like to schedule an interview, please contact me directly by email or phone: gracefulbellybirth@gmail.com // 360 350 8589

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