Prenatal Care & Birth

We offer personalized care in a relaxing space where you can rest assured that you have access to the best professionals in the region– including for women seeking a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Our practice style is to be honest, compassionate, and grounded in the best evidence for safe pregnancy care. We know that appointments need to be much more than a blood pressure and weight check. We will take the time to ensure that your questions are fully answered.

We want you listen to your baby’s heartbeat, discuss any areas of concern, consult about nutrition, discuss care decisions and talk about how we can best incorporate your personal birth-plan desires. We want you to be comfortable with our team of doctor and nurses so that when it comes time to deliver your baby, you feel the support of your team who you already know. We will see you monthly until you are 30 weeks. From 31-36 weeks, you will have bi-weekly appointments. At 36 weeks, we will see you weekly. We are here for additional appointments and care as needed.

We take the time to develop a healthy and professional relationship with you. Throughout these appointments, we carefully monitor your baby’s development, and your changing body. A healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition and a positive outlook are cornerstones of a healthy pregnancy.

Labor Support

Our goal throughout labor and delivery is to support you and keep you and your baby safe and comfortable.  Natural pain management tools will be integrated during your labor to manage contractions and intense sensations. Being in a nurturing environment, movement, heat, massage, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and partner education will all contribute to your unmedicated birth.  All of these tools will help you have an amazing birth experience.

Epidural anesthia is also available. This is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. It is a regional anesthesia that blocks pain in a particular area of the body. The goal of an epidural is to provide analgesia, or pain relief, rather than anesthesia, which leads to total lack of feeling. Epidurals block the nerve impulses from the lower spinal segments. This results in decreased sensation in the lower half of the body. An epidural can help you relax if your labor is prolonged and can lead to a positive birthing experience by allowing you to stay alert throughout the process.

Postpartum Care

After labor, we want you to take your time to rest, recover, and establish breastfeeding if desired before returning home. Our team will be there to support you, your baby and your family. The length of your stay in the birth center after birth varies from family to family.

Before leaving the birth center we will teach you what to expect in the coming days and weeks and how to monitor your baby’s health. After delivery, you will have access to lactation support. Once you return home a nurse is available by phone for any questions or concerns. We offer post-labor care as you adapt to life with your new little one.

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