Midwifery is…

…Early, Often and Easy to Access appointments.
On time, every time, all the time you need.
Your midwife is your midwife, you’ll see her at each visit…

  • Preconception Counseling
    • Timing your pregnancy
    • Understanding your cycle
    • Your health, your baby’s health
    • Stress and Recovery Plan
    • Choosing a provider
  • Prenatal Care
    • Early, Often and Easy to Access appointments
    • On time, every time, all the time you need
    • Your midwife is your midwife, you’ll see her at each visit
    • All screens and tests offered (blood work, testing, ultrasounds)
    • Shared, education-based decision making
    • Appointments in the clinic, your home, or place of work
    • Appointments on evenings or weekends
    • Evidence-based, individualized care for all
    • Visits once per month (or more as needed) until week 32, then visits at week 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
    • Monthly phone check-ins between appointments
  • Birth
    • At your home or in the birth center, or a planned hospital birth with a physician
    • Attended by your midwife and her team that you will have spent time with prenatally
    • Midwife brings all equipment, supplies, and medication to your birth.  This includes fetal monitor, IV fluids, oxygen, sterile instruments, and suturing equipment
    • Midwife stays at your home until mother and baby are stable and fed and demonstrate comfort with her leaving (usually 4-6 hours)
    • Family stays in birth center until mother and baby are stable and fed and demonstrate comfort with her leaving (usually 4-6 hours)
  • Postpartum
    • Newborn screens, birth certificates
    • Home visits on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 (more often if needed)
    • Clinic visits on weeks 2, 4, and 6 for mom and baby
    • Referrals for pediatric care and well woman care

 

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Author: Midwifery

Jodilyn is a licensed midwife (WA, TN) and certified professional midwife. Recently relocated to Memphis, TN, and passionate about the intersection of social justice and perinatal healthcare. She owned Essential Birth & Family Center in South Seattle's Seward Park neighborhood. She is co-founder of South Seattle Women's Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing midwifery-led maternity care in a collaborative community-based setting and to increasing capacity within the community to support healthy birth and breastfeeding practices.

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