"A gentle birth begins by focusing on the mother's experience and by bringing together a women's emotional dimensions and her physical and spiritual needs."

- Barbara Harper, RN, Gentle Birth Choices

     Your midwife can provide complete prenatal care throughout your low-risk pregnancy. When you choose Open Arms Midwifery, you also enjoy the added benefit of prenatal care within the comfort and privacy of your own home. Prenatal visits are available every four weeks from the beginning of pregnancy up to 28 weeks (7 months), every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks (the 7th and 8th month), and once a week until your baby's birth. A midwife is available 24 hours a day to clients, however non-emergent calls will be answered on weekdays during working hours.

     Throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care, decisions about your care regarding medical procedures and tests will be up to you. We will help ensure you are informed and educated every step of the way.

     Your first visit generally lasts one to two hours. During this important visit, your medical history will be discussed and a complete physical examination will be offered if you have not already had an exam. We will also discuss your food, supplement and herbal choices, overall physical and emotional well-being, and collect urine or blood for any prenatal lab tests that you choose. The follow-up visits usually last about one hour. Topics during these visits vary depending on your needs and concerns and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

     Monitoring routinely offered at follow-up visits include: urine testing for protein and glucose, weight check (not mandatory), blood pressure reading, measuring your baby's growth, position and activity, and listening to the baby's heart beat, which is done either by fetoscope (stethoscope for hearing heart tones) or doppler.

All laboratory work can be completed by the midwife, including but not limited to:
  ▶ Complete blood count (CBC)
  ▶ Blood type and Rh factor
  ▶ RPR screening (blood test for syphilis)
  ▶ Rubella antibody titer
  ▶ Urinalysis
  ▶ HIV screening
  ▶ Glucose screening (26-28 weeks)
  ▶ Group B streptococcus culture (near term)

     Throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care, decisions about your care regarding medical procedures and tests will be up to you. Your midwife will help ensure you are informed and educated every step of the way.

     You are also invited to attend the prenatal home birth group conversations that take place the first Sunday of every month from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at Happy Bambino, 4116 Monona Drive (in the Lake Edge Shopping Center). Other clients from both Open Arms Midwifery, LLC and other independent home birth practices in the Madison area will be in attendance, giving you the opportunity to get connected with others in your community as well as get acquainted with Happy Bambino and all it has to offer.

You will also have the opportunity to connect with these families and those who have planned a home birth in the past with an invitation to our Madison-area home birth email listserve.
 
 
 
     
   
 
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