Whether you come to Mama Bear Midwifery for prenatal care or a well woman exam, we offer thorough, unhurried care. With longer visits that typically last an hour, Mama Bear Midwifery prioritizes client-led care where time is made for informed decision making and developing a caring relationship based on trust and respect. We provide the same standard of OB/GYN care a healthy and normal client would receive if going to a hospital based or clinic practice- and much more!
A hospital/clinic based provider generally has anywhere between 10-20 minutes for a routine office visit and can see up to 24+ clients in a day. While the most basic and necessary medical care can be done in this time, it does not provide space for all needs to be addressed or the very important social, emotional, and/or spiritual aspects of a client's health experience. I want every part of you to feel welcome in your care and I will ensure that time is made for all needs and concerns.
Free Home Birth Consultation:
It is really important that you like and feel comfortable with your health care provider. The consultation is either a 60 minute individual visit or a 90 minute group session that gives time for you to learn about midwifery, home birth, me, the Mama Bear midwives, home birth services, and fees- and of course any questions you bring. This time also gives me an opportunity to begin to assess your wellness and determine if home birth is the best option for you.
The first prenatal visit includes a full physical exam, complete medical history, and lab work. During this visit we will get to know each other and plan your personalized care. Visits are every month until 28 weeks, twice monthly until 36 weeks, weekly until 41 weeks and twice weekly until the baby is born. More visits are always an option if needed. Each visit includes a wellness assessment where I check urine, blood pressure, the baby's heart beat, and growth of the baby. Visits also include discussions about pregnancy and childbirth as well as thoughts, concerns or questions you may have. All prenatal visits take place in my office except a home visit at 36 weeks. I am on call 24/7 for prenatal and postpartum clients.
Each birth is attended by Julie and Kristen and an experienced midwife assistant in the privacy and comfort of your home. Once active labor begins we provide continuous care where we regularly and unobtrusively monitor the well being of you and your baby. We support the natural labor and birth processes and encourage eating, drinking and being in whatever position feels best for you. After the baby is born we support breast feeding, perform a thorough newborn exam and assess your wellbeing. I stay until breastfeeding has been established and you and your baby are stable.
Postpartum and Newborn care
You will have help and support for the first 6 weeks after birth. There are 2 home visits in the first postpartum week where mother and baby are examined, a newborn screen is performed, and breast feeding support is provided. Ample time is given to review the birth, address specific needs, and fill out paperwork including the birth certificate. A 6 week postpartum visit will be at the office where we talk about your postpartum recovery and family planning if needed.
Breast Feeding Support
Breast feeding is dicussed throughout prenatal care and we offer continuous breast feeding counseling in the postpartum period either in person or by phone.
Well Woman Care
Well woman care includes a complete medical history, physical exam, and a Pap if needed. We also teach every woman how to do a self breast exam and maintain breast health. We review pathways to wellness with an emphasis on healthful food and lifestyle choices, exercise and stress reduction. We can also discuss and start contraception, natural family planning, and preconception care if needed. Unless otherwise planned, this visit takes place in the office.