Midwifery

Homebirth Services & More

Midwifery – The Vision of our practice:

Midwifery is way of standing with families in pregnancy, childbirth , postpartum, and beyond.  We are there as a guide helping navigate information, choices, feelings, experiences, release, joy, grief, love, and much more. We get closer when needed and step back when not.  

Birth is sacred.  Birth is ceremony.  Birth is a rite of passage full of transformation.

You are an expert in your own body.  We just have experience that informs us to how to listen to you, your body, and the baby.   Babies have inside information. 

We share education and information. Different families may make different decisions made off of the same information. 

Prenatal care is part of celebrating pregnancy. 

Postpartum care is part of celebrating transformation and integration.

We believe in palpation and touch and value our hands to provide feedback to understanding more about relationship and positioning.  

Pain in pregnancy is a sign of imbalance and we assist in restoring function and improving quality of life with bodywork and discussing avenues of reducing stress.  

Midwifery is about relationship.  Relationship literally makes birth safer.

Getting to know each other facilitates communication and allows us to be more connected. Prenatal care is about fostering that connection.  It also allows us to bring more intuitive practices to the birth space.    

We strive for the language and fostering practices of autonomy while paying attention to the importance of continually moving towards the pregnant body as expert.  

The body is always communicating and working towards physiology and supporting itself.  We strive to listen. 

Health is not just physical but mental, emotional, and for many spiritual.  We believe in the power of intention or prayer in birth and strive to support families of all religions and beliefs.  

There is an art to midwifery in knowing normal but also in paying attention to how we are informed by our senses and our intuition. There are times we may not look like we are doing much, but this is part of holding the space for normal. 

There is a range of how people birth on the scale of ease and desire for support. We use anatomy, physiology, and patience (along with food and drink) during this time period.  We also help by using positioning for when there are challenges or for relaxation.  

The cervix should be respected and shouldn’t get shamed or blamed in the process of birth.  Let’s look to the whole picture.

Talking about fears actually brings them to the open to be named.  This allows us to address them appropriately and help sort out the source like the grocery store clerk’s story of birth, your intuition, stories from childhood, or previous trauma. 

We believe midwifery is not just a clinical profession but a calling and a craft that incorporates parts that have been divided unnaturally or have even been lost.  Thus we are continually revisioning midwifery.  We value bodywork, listening skills with reflection,  shared responsibility, and physiological support.  

Trauma-informed care is actually just …midwifery care.  Consent matters and is beyond verbal and written but lends towards caring for your nervous system and growing trust not just with us but with yourself.  

We care about food, water, and movement as part of health.   

When things don’t go as planned, how do we bring the sacred into the unexpected?  How can we maintain midwifery care even when we aren’t providing higher levels of medicalized care that might be needed?  This is our continual learning curve.  There is an art to supporting a mother or baby or parent in these hard spaces.  We look to the present moment and ways to foster connection and allow for restoration when ready.

Humility is necessary with this work. 

Midwifery can look like being in the other room, but it can also look like drawing labs.  We value labs for basic information as well as monitoring the nuances of normal and use holistic support to help in individualized family care. 

Midwifery is a spectrum of care and each family finds midwives who resonate with them for being in this sacred space.  

Not all families and midwives are a good fit. 

Co-care for Twin Births

We also do co-care for twin pregnancy whether you are planning to deliver at home or in the hospital.  Even if a family is seeing an obstetrician for care, midwifery models of care can be important for information on nutrition and supplementation for two babies, comfort in the body with movement and bodywork, as well as general midwifery discussions on labs, family growth, and counseling. If able, we also can provide labor support for the birth, doula services, or assist with an OB who does homebirth.  For more information about home birth for twins see Dr. Stuart Fischbein in Los Angeles!