Home Birth Midwifery

"The Midwives Model of Care™ is

a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary obstetrics. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth."

MANA - Midwives Alliance

of North America

I have known that midwifery and birth was where my heart was since my very early 20's.  My love of learning, herbalism, natural health care, community, the body, business, families, social change, and more all came into one place called midwifery.  When I found it I felt like a large part of my life had been wasted not learning some very vital information and skills.  I really did not have a chance to question midwifery as I moved towards many years of formal and informal training.   It chose me and has proven to be a wonderful way for me to be of service, use my hands,  use my heart, use my brain, and grow in an inner manner as a human being in a way no other calling could provide.  

My own pregnancy, births, breastfeeding, and parenting gave insight and knowledge into a process that really never stops teaching. Looking back on my life choices, experiences, challenges, education, interests and more I realize it was all just a preparation.  No time was lost.  I have been becoming me the midwife I am in a nice gradual process for many years.  My this journey last for many more lessons and love.    

I am a Washington State Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife.  I graduated with my Bachelors in Midwifery and Women's studies in 1995. At that time I knew midwifery school was my next step.  But, I wanted a family and held off formal midwifery training as I watched 2 incredible babies turn into young adults taller than myself.   Over the last 20 years I moved from Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Lactation Specialist, Birth Assistant, Child birth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, Sibling Preparation Educator, Midwifery office worker, and Mother. Many years, much clinical  experience, many certifications, many families,  many years, many tears, many smiles,  were spent in  training and preparing.

 

A few years ago it was time to complete the formal training into a  Home Birth Midwife.  It was a 20 years in the making dream and it was wonderful to reach my goal of Midwifery Licensure.  I have a solo practice with a reliable back up midwife in case of a rare instance where I need her extra hand.  Visits are held in my home office in West Olympia and are typically an hour long so that we can have the time we need to get to know each other and share important information. 

I am contracted and credentialed with most insurance companies. I am also covered by Provider One, Apple Health, DSHS, TRICARE, and Kaiser Permanente. I offer a sliding scale and payment plan for cash and credit card paying clients. I have an experience biller who  is happy to speak with you concerning your coverage.  I recommend calling your insurance companies to identify your exact plan coverage around prenatal, birth, postpartum, and newborn care for a Licensed Midwife in the homebirth setting. 

Prenatal Care

  • Free Consultation

  • Free Pregnancy Test

  • Preconception Counsel

  • 24 hrs pager/phone contact with midwife

  • Labs, Ultrasounds, specialist referral as needed

  • Genetic Testing and referral to specialists

  • Nutrition Counsel

  • Monthly prenatals until week 28

  • Every other week prenatals from weeks 28 to 36 

  • Home visit at Week 36 

  • Weekly prenatal visits from 37 weeks until delivery

  • Additional visits as needed

  • Childbirth Education

  • Warm caring emotional support for the family

  • Breastfeeding Prep

Labor and Birth

  • Phone support in early labor

  • Birth support in home during active labor until a few hours postpartum

  • Medical assessment and management of care for mother and baby   

  • Comfort measures and non medical forms of pain relief 

  • Focus on creating a calm environment that increases relaxation and privacy

  • Antibiotic treatment for GBS if needed

  • Newborn routine medications such as Vitamin K, Eye Antibiotics, NB exam

  • Transfer of care to a hospital setting if needed. Midwife will manage transfer, share health history, and stay for the birth if the family requests.

  • All emergency supplies and medications brought to the home

  • Trained birth assistants to support your family as well as the midwife

  • Birth Tub Rental Service

Postpartum Care

  • Home Visit at Day One after birth

  • Home Visit at Day 3 to focus on Breastfeeding

  • Office Visit at around week 1 or 2  depending on need

  • Office Visit at Week 4

  • Office Visit at Week 6

  • Primary care for Newborn for first 2 weeks of life

  • Contraception counseling and referral

  • Pap at 6 weeks

  • PP labs if needed

  • Newborn  Metabolic Screen Test at 24 hours and 7 - 10 days

  • Congenital Cardiac Heart Defect Screening at 24 hours 

  • Records shared with Pediatric provider

  • Birth Certificate, Social Security, Paternity Affidavit services provided

  • Additional visits provided as required

  • Referral to specialist if needed