The birth you desire.
"Be fruitful and multiply..."
- Genesis 1:28
Beyond Birth Midwifery
Beyond Birth Midwifery is not just about maternity care, it encompasses motherhood and the many years to come. We will walk with you on your birth journey and beyond into motherhood. The relationships established during your prenatal period should last a life time.
“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.”
- Ina May Gaskin
"God bestowed goodness upon the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very strong."
Midwifery is an intertwined practice of art and science. The art of midwifery is in the knowledge and devotion to keeping birth normal. The science is knowing when and how to intervene if it becomes necessary.
Midwives are health care providers who specialize in pregnancy and childbirth with an emphasis on building partnerships with women and their families, and providing emotional support during labor, birth, and motherhood. A Midwife knows pregnancy and childbirth is a normal process and does not see pregnancy as an illness that must be treated. A midwife’s role is to act as a guide and encourage the birthing mother to "let go" and allow herself to be part of the intricate process of labor, birth and motherhood. Trust in the natural process of labor and in a woman’s body to birth normally and safely is the hallmark of midwifery care.
Choosing a midwife-attended birth has many advantages to the expectant mother. A midwife offers personalized attention throughout the pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum period. Prenatal appointments are long enough to provide education and encourage discussion. Midwives expect parents to be informed in their care and give special attention to each woman’s personal birth preferences. Pregnancy and birth are individual, so your care should be as well.
“The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there's trouble.” - Sheila Stubbs
We believe pregnancy and childbirth are a natural and important part of a woman’s life. A woman’s body is perfectly designed for childbirth and has an innate wisdom and power to birth a baby. Our mission is to create an "all-inclusive" experience in which baby is birthed in a warm and safe environment that is free from unnecessary interventions. Whenever the normal birthing process is interfered with, there are increased risks for both mother and baby.
We strive to make your journey into motherhood as relaxed as possible. Your pregnancy journey should be supported with love, kindness and a sense of empowerment. The strength you receive today will guide you into motherhood.
We believe that the majority of low-risk pregnant women are able to birth naturally with minimal to no intervention. For women that become high-risk, we will coordinate physician consultations and referral services.
“Birth is not only about making babies, birth is about making mothers. Strong, competent capable mothers, who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
- Barbara Katz Rothman
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future.”
- Proverbs 31:25
“I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me" - Philippians 4:13"
We recognize every pregnancy is different and prenatal care is a key component of a healthy pregnancy. That is why our regular prenatal appointments will last about an hour. We want to get to know you and your family, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions. Husbands, partners and little ones are welcome and encouraged to join you at your appointments.
Every appointment will include time for education on important pregnancy and birth topics, explore options and discuss upcoming decisions. We will talk about what is happening with you and the baby and review any lab results or diagnostic tests. We will check your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, weight), listen to the baby's heartbeat, measure the baby's growth, and perhaps check the baby's position. We will discuss any concerns or wishes you have and work together to honor the desires you have for your pregnancy and birth. Any and all questions are welcome, and we encourage you to let us know of any concerns you have.
We will visit once a month until 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every two weeks until about 36 weeks, and then weekly until your baby is born. One of the midwife’s most important roles is to support the mother and her family.