Your care with Portland Natural Birth…
Our midwifery care is designed for you. We look at who you are and who your family is and what will specifically work for you. You play an active role in the care of your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Your midwifery team consists of two experience midwives and one midwifery apprentice, all whom you get to know and feel comfortable with through your whole pregnancy.
Portland Natural Birth midwives encourage women to start their care as soon as they feel ready, usually around 8-12 weeks, but some women are eager to see us sooner while others find midwifery later in pregnancy. Regardless of when you come to us, we dedicate a full hour to all prenatal appointments, so we can provide true holistic care during your pregnancy. Prenatal appointments are held in our office in South-East Portland with the exception of your 36 week visit, which is in the comfort of your own home.
A normal prenatal appointment includes: routine obstetric care (taking your vitals, urinalysis, measuring fetal growth, assessing fetal position, and listening to your baby), nutrition guidance, education and informed choice, emotional support, and answering any questions. During prenatal care, Portland Natural Birth midwives assess your supplements, recommend herbs or alternative care options, draw labs as appropriate, and refer you for any ultrasounds or additional tests as needed. We also rely on other healthcare workers to provide you any necessary care to help keep you and your baby healthy, which we have gathered on our resource list. The prenatal schedule is monthly until 32 weeks, at which point we see you bi-monthly, and then weekly from 36 weeks until your birth.
Since every labor begins differently, we assess your labor through phone calls and home visits as needed during early labor. We provide as much physical and emotional support as desired. Once active labor begins, both midwives are present at your house and continue providing support while assessing the well-being of mother and baby.
We follow your lead and intervene only when necessary, holding space for you and your family to welcome your new little one.
Postpartum & Newborn Care
Portland Natural Birth midwives remain at your house for 3-4 hours post-birth to monitor maternal well-being, perform a thorough newborn exam, assist with breastfeeding, tidy up the birth room, and make sure everyone is happy and healthy before we tuck you and baby into bed.
We continue providing full support and care for you and your newborn through 6-8 weeks postpartum, including three home visits during the first week.