Comprehensive Homebirth Midwifery Care

As midwives, we are committed to using our training and life experiences to promote health in the birthing family through comprehensive and individualized care during the prenatal period, labor, birth, and postpartum. Our midwifery model of care reflects a holistic approach to childbirth and family wellness, ensuring homebirth services in Grass Valley and midwife assisted childbirth in the Sierra foothills.

As part of your comprehensive care package, Sierra Homebirth offers:

Prenatal Care

Our care includes an in-depth initial visit and phone and email contact throughout care. Prenatal appointments are scheduled once a month until 28 weeks, every other week until 36 weeks, and once a week until the birth, providing thorough prenatal and postpartum care by our midwives. At 36 weeks we make a home visit to familiarize ourselves with the birth environment and the route to your house, crucial for home birth families. This visit ensures all needed supplies are present, and for you to have us in your space and a special opportunity for us to connect prior to birth.

Prenatal care is thorough and will include:

  • Risk assessment
  • Health history and physical exam intake
  • Regular physical assessment, including
    • assessment of blood pressure
    • pulse
    • weight
    • fundal height
    • fetal position
    • fetal heart tones
    • urinalysis
    • physical conditions and complaints
    • vaginal exams when desired or indicated
  • Nutritional discussion and analysis
  • Some diagnostic testing, including
    • Blood work
    • Urine cultre
    • Gestational diabetes screening
    • STI screening
    • GBS screening
  • Birth education and preparation
  • Newborn care education
  • Resources and referrals
  • Spinning babies demonstration and teaching for optimal pelvic and fetal alignment in the last trimester
  • Plenty of time to answer all your questions and check in on your experience of pregnancy, whether that be physical, emotional, social, or spiritual.

We will explain procedures and answer any questions you may have about your home birth or water birth, so you understand the childbearing process and the midwifery care you are receiving. We will monitor for signs of impending complications and offer evidence based guided suggestions when needed.  As part of your comprehensive midwifery care, your lab work including blood draws, pap smears, and STI screening will be gathered on site and sent out to a laboratory. Our Grass Valley midwives include attentive one hour long appointments with the exception of the initial consultation appointment and your at home assessment visit, which may last longer.

Care During Labor and Birth

 

We will support you in creating the personalized birth experience you desire. Our attentive team of midwives and birth assistant will attend the birth once active labor begins or earlier, if needed. Prior to active labor we will be in touch with you via mobile.  Once we arrive at your home for your birth, we will monitor the health of you and baby by checking vital signs, fetal heart tones, confirming fetal position, monitoring nourishment, hydration, and output, and cervical dilation checks when necessary or desired.  To the extent that it is deemed safe, you may give birth in the position and place of your choice, and you may determine the level of our involvement in the birth.

Although most home births can occur spontaneously and proceed best without intervention, as midwives know we will be there to offer guidance, assistance, and midwifery support as needed, such as preventing perineal tears or managing a shoulder dystocia. As with any health care process or procedure in any setting complications can arise even in low-risk situations, we carry emergency equipment including oxygen and resuscitation equipment, hemorrhage medications, and IV supplies.  If needed, we can start an IV, suture a tear, and perform resuscitation.  If a complication develops that would be most safely managed within a hospital setting, we will recommend transport and accompany you throughout the birth as planned.

After the baby is born, we will be responsible for checking the newborn’s condition, monitoring you and the birth of the placenta, amount of blood loss, and checking the placenta.  Delayed cord camping is our standard of care, aligning with our holistic approach to childbirth and family wellness. In the early postpartum, we will perform a newborn exam and procedures if desired, and continue monitoring the health of you and baby, ensuring the highest standards of postpartum care.  We will stay at least 2 to 3 hours following the birth, until both you and baby have eaten and breastfed and are settled and stable, and the house is in order, whether it’s a home birth in Meadow Vista, Auburn or surrounding area. Our care reflects the dedicated attention of a holistic and attentive midwifery team, ensuring you and your baby receive the best care in the comfort of your home.

Postpartum Care

To continue with our high standards of personalized and attentive midwifery care, we also provide three at home postpartum visits: the first visit will be 1 day postpartum we will come to your home, ensuring a seamless transition in your postpartum care. The second visit will be on day 3 or 4, and the third at home visit will be between days 7 and 10 postpartum. Two in-office postpartum visits will also be scheduled at three and six weeks. Additional visits will be provided if there are any problems that need additional monitoring or assessment. embodying our role as holistic and attentive midwives dedicated to your family’s health and wellness.

Basic postpartum care consists of

  • Assessing the newborn:
    • vitals
    • body systems
    • umbilical healing
    • output
    • and nursing
  • Assessing the postpartum client:
    • vitals
    • uterine size
    • bleeding
    • perineal condition and healing
    • pain
    • breastfeeding
    • bonding
    • emotional well-being
  • Special attention and support will be offered to help establish successful breastfeeding.
  • A newborn screen and critical congenital heart disease screen will be performed if desired.
  • Pap Smears and contraception counseling will be offered at the final postpartum visit for the price of lab work with no additional charge.

Our care does not include fees for lab work, birth kit, birth tub rental, physician consultation, hospital care, or ultrasounds, ensuring transparency in our midwifery services, serving families in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, Meadow Vista and surrounding area. You have the right to be accompanied by the persons of your choice to any visit, whether it’s for prenatal care or postpartum care. You have the right to a copy of any of your records and to additional medical opinions, reflecting our commitment to open communication and informed choice, especially for those considering home birth, water birth. Most importantly, you have the right to ask questions and to express your needs, as we strive to provide a holistic and attentive midwife experience throughout your journey with us.