Each prenatal appointment will last about an hour.
We view pregnancy and childbirth as normal, healthy processes. Our goal is to empower you by helping you master the challenges of pregnancy and birth. In our
model of care, the childbearing woman has the central
role, and we provide the supervision and care. The vast majority of the prenatal visit time will be spent talking in a family room setting. We conduct prenatal appointments
in the birthing suites to allow you to become familiar and comfortable in the room where you will labor and birth.
The prenatal visit is a time for learning, exploring issues, preparing for parenting, and dealing with the social
stresses of life as they relate to the pregnancy. Our
goal is to promote family bonding while maintaining safety for the mother and baby, making this a growing
experience for the birthing woman and family.
You will be encouraged to bring your partner or other
family members to ask any and all questions and to use
this time to get to know your midwives and for them to
learn about you. Partner and family involvement is
valued highly in midwifery care. We provide clinic hours
up to 7pm to accommodate working partners and we not only have a seat for them, but furniture that is actually
large enough and comfortable to boot!
|During your visits we will monitor the physical
development and health of both you and your baby. We will spend time educating you about how to maintain a healthy pregnancy and lifestyle. We will answer your questions about prenatal nutrition and exercise, your baby's development,
and your changing body, and we will begin the process of
preparing you for the transition to parenthood and the
new addition to your family.
We work hard to provide a safe, sensitive environment
where you are truly heard. We spend time learning about
your desires, challenges, concerns, and joys. We will
answer your questions about safety, choices for prenatal
testing, and the process of labor and birth with the latest information available.