In 1985 I began to train in earnest as an apprentice midwife, working through the process of becoming a licensed direct entry midwife in New Mexico. I passed the board exams, became licensed in 1987. and have attended home births as primary midwife ever since.
The initial prenatal visit will be the longest visit, including a complete physical exam and lab work, unless you are transferring care from another provider and have already had this done.
My role at your birth is to act as the guardian of normal birth. I believe that your birth will proceed safely if I interfere as little as possible, so I will attempt to remain in the background.
I will call you 12-24 hours after the birth. I will do a postpartum home visit between 24-36 hours of birth, and on the third day. I will do additional home visits within the first 2 weeks, if you or your baby have any problems.
Water is often used by women to ease the discomforts of labor.
Whether standing in a shower, sitting in your own bathtub at home, or fully reclining in a large tub built just for laboring.