What You Can Expect
at Sage Creek Midwifery
How It All Begins…
Care usually begins with a complimentary consultation, where we meet and discuss your ideas about birth and how I might serve you. Often I will have already mailed you my disclosure and statement of responsibility, informed consent for out of hospital birth, financial agreement and a questionnaire for self-reflection entitled ‘Mapping Your Course of Care’. If you feel that you would like to continue care with me, you can call me and we will set up your first prenatal appointment.
Benefits of Midwifery Care
One of the hallmarks of midwifery care is that it is a partnership between the midwife, the woman and her family. The role of the midwife is to provide information and resources to her client so that the client can make informed decisions regarding her care based on evidence based practices and/or the standards of care in her community. While this requires a greater level of responsibility from the woman it also affords her a greater level of autonomy.
You will be seen prenatally once a month until 28 weeks of pregnancy then biweekly until 36 weeks and weekly until the birth of the baby. When labor is established, I will arrive within a reasonable amount of time from when you call and, in most circumstances, stay with you until two to four hours postpartum. A postpartum visit will occur within 24 hours then at 72 hours, one week, three weeks and six weeks (this schedule is slightly less for births occurring more than fifty miles distance from Casper). Newborn exams and care will also occur, though this does not replace the care of a pediatrician.
Transfer of Care
If for any reason, the decision is made to transfer care to a hospital in labor, I will accompany you and stay with you until after your baby is born. My role shifts to that of a support person while in that setting. The schedule of postpartum care remains the same.
I am also available to provide pre-conception counseling, annual well-woman care, breastfeeding support and childbirth education.
Follow Your Heart
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”
Virginia Di Orio
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