Birth Keeper Descriptions

What is a Midwife?

Midwives are licensed primary care providers who offer family planning, prenatal, labor & birth, and postpartum care for healthy low-risk women and newborns. Midwives believe that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes and value providing women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs. We believe that women should be trusted partners in the care they receive.

The woman-centered midwifery model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. Homebirth midwifery care includes: individualized and comprehensive prenatal monitoring of mother and baby; lab work and referrals for further diagnostic testing; continuous hands-on assistance and monitoring in labor, birth and the immediate postpartum, including suturing, medication and oxygen administration, newborn exam and testing; and in-home postpartum care for mother and newborn during the first 6 weeks.

Midwifery well-woman care for women of any life stage includes medical history intake, emotional and social well-being assessment, nutritional counseling, physical exam, pap smear and lab work, pelvic and breast exam, family planning, and referrals. California licensed midwives bill many types of insurance for fee reimbursement.

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a knowledgeable and experienced companion who stays with women through labor, birth and beyond.  Birth doulas offer emotional, physical, and informational support, encouragement, and wisdom for labor and birth.  Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.

What is Childbirth Education?

There are many different Childbirth Education(CE) styles and philosophies.  One thing that they all have in common is an intention to prepare families for a profound rite of passage, the birth of their baby.  CE classes can include empowering parents to make informed consent decisions in pregnancy, birth, and parenting by providing information, skills practice, and tools for self-exploration and discovery.

What is a Lactation Consultant?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.  An IBCLC can often help moms resolve common breastfeeding problems.

What is a Monitrice?

A monitrice is a doula with medical or midwifery training and legal scope of practice to provide clinical assessments such as monitoring baby’s heart rate and mother’s vitals and assessing cervical dilation for women who want to labor at home for as long as possible before going to the hospital, through which the monitrice remains with the laboring family providing labor support as a doula would.

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