What does a midwife do? Why are home visits so awesome? If you have wondered what homecare midwifery looks like, now you have the answers.
Every single prenatal visit with Beautiful Birthings is scheduled for one hour. Considering most pregnant women see their care provider for 12 to 14 visits, that is 12 to 14 hours of one-on-one time with your healthcare provider through your pregnancy!
The visits typically start with a little chat about how you and your family are doing. We catch up on what's been going on in your life since the last visit. Often times discussing sources of stress including work, family, house projects, schooling, and so on. For me, it's important to talk about these things as a mother's state of mind and stress level is so important when it comes to a healthy pregnancy and peaceful birth. We also review common complaints related to the pregnancy and possible solutions or natural remedies.
During prenatal visits we also talk a lot about pregnancy related issues, birth, post partum and parenting. My goal is to educate my clients as much as possible about their bodies and babies. Typical topics of conversation include:
Upcoming lab tests, why they are important and what the results mean
Common discomforts such as back pain, round ligament pain, nausea, swelling, and heartburn
Fetal movement and kick counts
Choosing a pediatrician
Optimal fetal positioning for birth and various exercises to help position baby
Nutrition and exercise during pregnancy
Breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, cosleeping
Pumping and returning to work
The last part of the visit is the actual exam. You will check your urine with urinalysis strips and weigh yourself. We will then measure your baby, feel the baby's position and listen to the heartbeat.
Dads and children are always welcome to participate in prenatal visits along with anyone else you would like to be there!
We end the visit ensuring that all your questions have been answered and you're feeling comfortable and happy. The best part is the hugs before I leave for my next visit!
What is YOUR favorite part of home visits?