We believe that birth is normal. God created birth and God created the woman’s body to be able to give birth without needing intervention in most cases. In our prenatal care we are NOT trying to find something wrong, rather we are following moms through the normal course of pregnancy, building our relationship, educating, and paying attention to her body, mind, and spirit to identify when special care is needed and provide that to her. We trust the pregnancy and birth process and are simply present as a safety net if anything requires our skills and equipment.
How our Midwifery Care Looks…
Our clinic office is in a home, creating a safe and comfortable family environment for our pregnancy and postpartum care appointments.
Once a client hires us, we begin prenatal care around 10-12 weeks of pregnancy.
We see mom for regularly scheduled 45-minute prenatal visits every 4 weeks until 30-32 weeks of pregnancy.
At 32 weeks, we see the mom every 2 weeks.
At 37 weeks, we meet with the mom and dad at their home to deliver the birth tub (if desired), ensure all is prepared for birth and discuss logistics and preferences, along with a regular prenatal check.
After the home visit, we see mom at the office for prenatal visits weekly until baby is born!
The NBKC midwives are on call 24/7 for all clients from pregnancy through 6 weeks postpartum for any urgent medical needs, including and especially LABOR!
After we are contacted by our client in active labor who is ready for us to be present, we arrive to their home, check that all is well with mom and baby and set up supplies and equipment.
We support the mom to move freely and birth wherever she desires whether in water, on bed, or elsewhere. We support the dad to support mom!
After baby is born, we give mom and baby and dad space to bond while we monitor and wait for the placenta to birth.
After the placenta is born (and cord has stopped pulsing), we help dad (or whoever wants to) to cut the cord.
We get mom and baby and dad settled in bed, and baby breastfeeding. Our midwife team cleans up everything.
Approximately one hour after the birth, we do a complete newborn exam including weighing and measuring baby doing footprints.
Approximately two hours after the birth, when everyone is well and all is in order, the midwife team will bless the family and depart the home!
The NBKC midwives remain on call 24/7 for all clients immediately after the birth for any urgent medical concerns for mom or baby through 6 weeks postpartum.
24-48 hours after the birth, one of the midwives will visit the mom and baby at their home.
The midwife will check on the health and well-being of both including doing a heart screening and hearing screening for baby, and the routine state metabolic screening by taking 5 drops of blood from the baby’s heel.
2 weeks after the birth, mom and baby will come into the clinic office for their second postpartum visit. We will ensure normal newborn weight gain at this time and check on the well-being of both mom and baby.
6 weeks after the birth, mom and baby will come in for their last visit at the clinic. We will check on both mom and baby, give any referrals as needed for continued care with a pediatrician or otherwise, and say our good-byes (or rather see-you-laters)!