Free meet and greet
We offer a free 60 minute consultation visit where you will get to meet the midwives and see if midwifery care is right for you. Please contact us to set up a consultation visit.
Not pregnant yet? You can still have a consultation with the midwives to get to know our practice. Together, we will discuss your lifestyle and diet to help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Complete prenatal care
Prenatal visits are conducted in our office in Madison Valley. We offer the usual screening tests for pregnancy, such as screening for genetic anomalies, anemia, gestational diabetes, Group B Strep, etc. We refer to an outside provider for ultrasounds. Initial visits are scheduled for 90 minutes to allow ample time for your questions to be answered and for us to get to know each other. You can schedule follow-up visits for 30-60 minutes. We follow a standard prenatal schedule, seeing you every 4 weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and every week from 36 weeks until birth. For clients planning a home birth, we will conducting your 36 week prenatal visit in your home.
Electronic medical records make it easy for you to access your chart online. You will have secure access to fill out intake forms and view your lab results. Electronic charts reduce paper waste and make our practice a little greener. For clients with limited internet access, paper copies will be available.
We have a number of books and DVD’s that we are happy to lend out. Some of our favorite titles include Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn; Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth; The Mochal Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy; and The Doula Book.
Home, birth center, and water birth
We will attend your birth in your home or at a freestanding birth center. Water birth is an option in any location.
Studies have shown that for those having a low-risk pregnancy who are attended by trained birth professionals, birth at home (or in a freestanding birth center) is at least as safe as birth in the hospital. Check out our Articles and Studies page for links to articles on home birth.
Complete postpartum care
We see you and your baby in your home 24 – 48 hours after the birth and 3 days after the birth. Then we will see you both at our clinic at 1 week, 3 – 4 weeks, and 6 – 8 weeks after the birth. During these visits, we are checking in on how breast/chest-feeding is going, weighing your baby, checking your baby for jaundice, performing newborn tests, getting both of your vital signs, and screening people for postpartum mood disorders/depression.
We ask you about your plans to feed your baby prenatally and answer any questions you may have. We help you start feeding your baby as soon as you're both ready. We provide guidance and reassurance at each appointment after the birth. We are always available to you by phone or with extra visits if you and your baby need additional help.
Newborn hearing screens
The Center for Disease Control and Washington State Department of Health recommend that every baby be screened for congenital hearing loss within the first month after birth. Babies with hearing loss who are identified early and receive appropriate care can do as well as typically hearing children.
See our Newborn Hearing Screen page for more information.