Offices in Montpelier and Burlington • (802) 234-1384
"Wow, you'd never know anything amazing happened here tonight, except for the 3 of them in the bedroom snuggling." -homebirth grandmother
Complete prenatal, homebirth and postpartum care.
- Prenatal Care
including all screening and tests currently available at your discretion (genetic screening, blood work, ultrasound, gestational diabetes screening, group beta strep screening...)
- Labor and Birth Care
I come to you when you want me, some women prefer to wait to have me arrive and some prefer early labor support.
- Postpartum Care
Homevisits on day 1, 3 and 7, complete care for you and babe. Office visits 3 and 6 weeks.
One primary care provider attending to all of your care. Appointments in my office - conveniently located in Berlin, just off I89 exit #7 and in Burlington, just off 189. Appointments generally lasting an hour. This gives us time to get to know each other, discuss testing, screening and care options in depth so that you are able to make well informed decisions about your care and monitor the health and wellbeing of your pregnancy. My assistant and I do a homevisit around 36 weeks after which prenatal care continues with office visits. My assistant and I come to you for your labor and birth. After your birth I leave you and yours as undisturbed as possible for the first hour after birth, to oh and ahh and enjoy one another. A complete newborn exam is done at your bedside. Your perineum is cared for as needed (including repair if necessary - yes, I carry numbing agents). And all birth related laundry and garbage is taken care of. You are given extensive postpartum instructions (which we have gone over prenatally), fed and tucked into bed with your new family member.
Postpartum Care - I come to you on day 1, day 3 and 1 week and then you come to the office for 3 and 6 week visits. All of these visits offer complete care for you and baby. This is the standard of care, but if there is any need I will come to you more often i.e., breastfeeding support, fussy baby care, maternal mood complications. As with all of your care I will help you access and coordinate further resources as needed.
For more details of care please call or schedule a free consultaion
Not everyone wants a homebirth, nor is it appropriate for every pregnancy.
I offer Doula services to those wishing or needing to deliver in hospital. I have established good working relationships with providers in area hospitals.
As your doula I will meet with you twice prenatally so we can get to know each other and your desires for your labor and birth. All things being equal what are your birth preferences. What is your history with labor and birth? Both personally and culturally. Are you hoping for an unmedicated birth or are you looking forward to medical pain relief? No matter the birth you envision or what enfolds as necessary, having a consistent presence offering support and clarification of your choices as you move through your labor and birth has proven benefits to outcome and how you feel about the experience.
I also offer a postpartum home visit - this can include labor/birth debrief, breastfeeding support, and care for you and your newborn.
The first weeks home with a new baby bring a lot of changes and adjustments. If you have had hospital-based care you are likely not to see a professional caregiver until you take your newborn to the pediatrician or see your caregiver at 6 weeks postpartum.
As a postpartum doula I come to you on a prearranged schedule or as needed to support you and your families adjustment.
We meet twice prenatally to get to know one another and discuss your expected needs and potential options for care. After you are home with baby you contact me to activate your care plan.
Care can look many different ways and can change based on your actual needs in the postpartum period. My potential services include: cooking and cleaning, caring for other children so that you can rest, breastfeeding support, listening to you, suggestions for fussy babies and reassuring you that all is well. I also have a wealth of supportive remedies and practitioner recommendations if desired.
Mapping your Childbearing Year - Past, Present or Future
I am a homebirth midwife. In becoming one, I have delved deeply into informed consent, shared decision making and evidence based pregnancy care. This knowledge I find useful regardless of one's choice of birth setting.
Childbearing Year Mapping is an individualized approach to enhancing your journey through pregnancy and early parenting. We can discuss birth location options, routine prenatal care and screenings so that you can make informed choices. We can discuss fears or concerns that sometimes arise in our culture or personal experience around birth. And I have a wealth of resources to share regarding all aspects of conception, pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
You are wanting to conceive. You are wanting to get pregnant again. You are pregnant. You have just had a baby - And you are unclear as to your options and what is available to you. You are not alone!
Pregnancy is an anomaly in our medical system. You are not sick and yet you are funneled through a system designed for dealing with sick people.
I want to help you understand the lay of the land. Your care provider choices. The options available to you in every care setting.
It may be that your care provider only has 15 minutes to spend with you leaving some questions unanswered. We have great providers in the area and their time is often short.
I can help you identify ideals and goals for your care that you can take to any practitioner and put into action. I am available to consult on specific issues as they arise. Helping you gain a deeper understanding to better work with your care provider.