POST PARTUM CARE
The birth of a parent follows the birth of a child. This tender time of immense growth and healing is a time of deep integration, transformation, and rest.
Upon birth, the baby transitions from the womb to using their lungs and breathing the air for the first time.
If needed, we assist the newborn's transition. Otherwise, it is honored that the first hour is an opportunity for skin to skin bonding and falling in love with the newborn in ways that are beyond words. This incredibly valuable time together is known as the Golden Hour, and is held as sacred territory.
In the immediate postpartum, both the birthing parent and baby are assessed and monitored with respect for the priority of bonding, comfort, and privacy. The midwives will tidy up and prepare a cozy nest for the family to sink into and rest.
Nourishment is prepared, and the space is transformed from the birthing space to a quiet and cozy den of repose. We encourage an environment that feels warm, safe and nurturing to further promote bonding.
Typically we stay for 3 to 4 hours after the birth to tidy up and ensure parents and baby have transitioned well.
We are skilled at managing blood loss, and are able to provide the common newborn procedures. A full newborn head to toe exam is done, the baby is weighed and we ensure all is within normal limits. We leave a detailed list of immediate reasons to call the Midwife, and are available 24/7 by phone or text after we depart.
“In giving birth to our babies we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves."
Myla and Jon Kabat Zinn
BY YOUR SIDE
We are happy to provide extensive support through the postpartum period in the comfort of your home.
Midwifery care recognizes that a new parent needs open access and compassionate support form their care providers. Visits after birth include Day 1, 3, 7, 14 and at 6 weeks. It is recommended that a pediatrician visit is scheduled around 3 weeks.
Postpartum is a time for many changes physically, hormonally and emotionally. All of these aspects are considered in the care that continues for the family postpartum, and into the fourth trimester.
Madrona is qualified to provide normal newborn care at home, to monitor the health of the newborn. If there is a need for further assessments that are out of the scope of home care, she will refer to the pediatrician.
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FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
Choosing a midwife is a personal and meaningful process. I welcome you to take time to discuss your questions and learn more about what makes midwifery care so unique. In a complimentary one hour interview we can dive into your particular needs, and explore whether Rose & Oak is a good fit for you.