I offer a free consultation if you are interested in finding out more about Homebirth. Please contact me to set up a time to get together.
I offer individualized, comprehensive and holistic prenatal care out of my office in Fort Mill, South Carolina. A typical visit includes nutritional counseling, vitals, measurements, listening to fetal heart tones, urinalysis, any necessary lab work, and preparations for your birth. Visits last on average 45 minutes to 1 hour. This allows us to get to know one another on a much deeper level which I believe is so important in good Midwifery care. Children and family members are welcome. Prenatal visits are held every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and every week thereafter until birth. Your 36 week visit is done in your home.
I offer birth support from the time I arrive at your home when you are in active labor, until 2-3 hours after delivery, following immediate postpartum care, breastfeeding support and a full newborn exam. Beyond your birth kit, I have my own equipment and supplies that I bring to your home. These include things such as oxygen, herbs, resuscitation equipment and instruments for cutting the umbilical cord. Once born, your baby will go directly into your arms, skin to skin, and the cord will not be cut until it has stopped pulsing. Any necessary assessments will be done with your baby in your arms. If dad would like to catch the baby he is welcome to and I will be right there should he need any help. I also bring an assistant to every birth who is trained in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
Many moms love laboring and/or delivering in water. Because of this, I have a La Bassine inflatable tub that I lend out if water birth is something you would like, as well as a pump to inflate the tub, and a pump to drain the tub after the birth. If you are interested in having a water birth, you will just need to order a few extra items in your birth kit to make it possible; the rest I provide as part of my service.
After your baby is born I will perform an initial newborn exam after 1-2 hours of mother/baby bonding. At your 24-36 hour visit I also perform a CCHD screening, and a PKU screening or newborn screen. I continue newborn care at each postpartum visit. I recommend taking your child to a pediatrician or family practice sometime in the first month of life.
Beyond immediate care, you will receive a 24-36 hour visit, a 3-5 day visit, 1 week visit, and a 2 week follow-up all in the comfort of your home. I provide care for you as well as your baby during these visits. I also offer breastfeeding support and resources to help you. I will see you for one final 6 week visit either at your house or at my office. I am also available via text, email, or phone call throughout your postpartum.
Labs & Ultrasound
All routine prenatal labs can be done in office or referred out. Ultrasounds are available for referral out. I offer information including risks and benefits of each test so that you can make informed decisions regarding your personal care.