I provide exclusive home birth in Southwest Montana. I believe in a woman's right to birth in the environment she feels is best for her and her baby. I believe in a woman's right to birth with the Midwife she knows will protect her choices and be an unwavering advocate for her, her baby and her family. I believe in women's ability to birth her baby at home, undisturbed, protected, supported and loved. I believe in families. I believe there's no place like home.
I am a Certified Lactation Counselor. I support women and families in the very important decision of breastfeeding their child.
"CLC certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support, including assessing the latching and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding and applying knowledge of milk production including in special circumstances and other commonly encountered situations."
from Healthy Children Project, Inc.
Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Prenatal appointments occur at my office. Each appointment is scheduled for one hour to allow plenty of time for questions, discussion of nutrition and any concerns of the parent(s) or midwife. Each visit includes checking blood pressure, weight gain, measuring fetal growth, listening to the baby, and any needed lab work is ordered. Prenatal visits are every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every two weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until the birth. One of the prenatal visits will occur in your home when we do your homevisit around 36 weeks. We want to be familiar with your home before the birth.
Once the baby is born, we stay approximately 3 hours after the birth, longer if necessary. During this time we ensure the mama eats and hydrates, ensure the baby latches on and nurses and assist as needed with breastfeeding, perform a thorough newborn exam, examine the woman’s tissue and suture if needed, continually monitor and evaluate postpartum bleeding, ensure the mother urinates and discuss postpartum instructions and answer questions.
There will be one day and three day postpartum homevisits to check on mother’s healing, vitals, emotional state, evaluate breastfeeding and monitor baby's color and vitals, answer questions and discuss any concerns of the parent(s) or midwife. At the one day homevisit is when the Newborn Metabolic Screen (aka PKU) is completed along with checking the baby’s oxygen saturation levels with a pulse oximeter.
There will then be one week and four week postpartum visits at my office. The last appointment will be at eight weeks to complete a Well Woman exam. This includes a Pap smear, breast exam, time for questions and discussing family planning.
I provide Holistic and Individualized Prenatal Care, Home Birth, Postpartum Care and Breastfeeding Support. I offer Well Woman Care to women of all ages and in all seasons of life. I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor and Health Kinesiology Practitioner. I am motivated in the protection of women and babies, families, undisturbed birth and the importance and protection of individualized healthcare.
Contact me today to schedule a complimentary meeting to come in and get acquainted, ask all your questions and bravely start down the path of your empowering pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.