Home Birth With Harvest Moon Women's Health
Our care represents a different, more personal approach to pregnancy & childbirth than contemporary obstetrics and even most midwifery. We create safe, comfortable space for you in the comfort of your own home & provide support. Using the best practices and information from obstetrics and midwifery communities around the world results in less intervention, a healthier outcome for you & your baby, and more options for your birth. In a normal, healthy pregnancy & birth every component of gestation, labor, and delivery is exquisitely tailored to produce the healthiest, best-adapted baby possible. This system sets in motion events that drive the health of your children and your children's children throughout their lives. We work with you and your family to create a safe environment so you can relax and your body can do what 200,000 years of evolution has prepared it to do.
We are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide clients through labor and birth, address complications, and care for normal, healthy newborns. This philosophy and approach is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. Our model of care includes:
- offering monitoring for the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- providing the mother with appropriate individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- minimizing interventions during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum
- identifying women who may require medical/obstetrical attention
We believe that pregnancy and birth are sacred, normal, physiological processes. We commit to respect and protect the birth space, allowing labor to take its normal course, in order to help each woman birth naturally, safely and confidently. A laboring woman needs to feel private, safe, and unobserved, and as such we work hard to provide subtle but effective observation, only as needed and desired. Essential components of care include attentive, skilled, and evidence-based support, establishing a caring atmosphere, limiting unnecessary interventions, educating clients thoroughly, and respecting the rights of the pregnant person to make decisions about their own care.
We'd love to talk more to see if we are the right fit.
Immersion in water during labor and delivery has become an increasingly popular option since the practice was promoted by French obstetrician Michael Odent in 1981. The benefits of warm water immersion include better toleration of labor with less use of pain medication, decrease in maternal anxiety, ease of movement, and the benefit of buoyancy to maintaining positions which help to open the pelvic outlet and assist in maternal expulsive efforts while pushing.
We provide everything you need including the birth pool, with several options to choose from. You need only purchase a new pool liner.
What Is Included
We believe all women should have the opportunity to give birth in the setting and with the provider of their choice. We always work with our clients individually to make fees and payment arrangements flexible enough to accommodate anyone who truly wishes to use our services.
- 24/7 availability for questions or concerns from start of care up to 6 weeks postpartum
- All prenatal appointments (typically once every 4 weeks from 12-28 weeks, every 2 weeks from 28-36 weeks, and weekly from 36 weeks, and bi-weekly after 41 weeks, but can be customized)
- Ultrasounds and in house lab work (hemoglobin, blood sugar, urinalysis, blood typing)
- Birth pool for water births. (A disposable pool liner is in the list of items for you to get)
- Attendance to your labor from the time you request us until you and your baby are stable, comfortable, and baby has latched well.
- Herbal pregnancy tea, postpartum tea, postpartum sitz baths and select other herbal remedies
- 3-4 postpartum checkups for you and baby in your home (24 hours, 2 days, 1 week, 6 weeks)
*****Our fee does not include any labs that require being sent out, Rhogham, or metabolic screening, and the items on a short list of things to get for your birth.
Please stop by and talk with us to see if we are a good fit for working together during your pregnancy and birth.
We believe that most birth attendants do their best work by holding space. Midwives used to call it "sitting on their hands", or "knitting in the corner". We find that a modern way of interpreting this idea is to take beautiful photographs or video of the mother in labor and her family if they wish for us to. It can be a way to stay present and attentive, while remaining unobtrusive. We are focused on the labor, the space, and the needs of the laboring woman while performing a service that families will cherish in the days and years ahead. Please let us know if you are interested in having us take photos during your labor and birth.