Practicing Traditional Midwifery with Nutritional and Herbal Guidance

Childbirth Classes

The following classes are offered to all Blessings of the Womb clients as well as to any woman who wants to be as informed as possible about her pregnancy, regardless of where she chooses to give birth.

Nutrition & Exercise
The Foundation of a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth

The developing baby
Changes in the mother
Prenatal technology

Labor & Birth
Understanding what you already know
Fathers are welcome

Complications & Variations of Normal
Blessings of the Womb Current Statistics

What the complication or variation was,
what we did about it & the outcome

The Amazing Newborn
Common concerns while caring for your baby
The other side of the debate: vaccines & circumcision

Postpartum & Breastfeeding
How to achieve Balance & Restoration during the fourth trimester
Self care & your body after birth

It takes two.. the keys to successful breastfeeding
Nourishing yourself to nourish your baby

Services I Offer

Prenatal Care

I will assess your vitals, urinalysis, measurement of baby’s growth and listen to the baby’s heart tones. Just as importantly, I hope to build a trusting relationship during this time and time I give you! I spend an hour or more with each client and discuss nutrition, give herbal recommendations when appropriate and encourage you to be easy on yourself so you can be the best that you can be while enjoying this journey. Also, I am able to facilitate any testing that is requested or suggested such labs, ultrasound, etc.

A planned home birth increases your privacy, comfort and convenience. It reduces the rate of medical interventions; changes the provider-power dynamics, facilitates family involvement and provides a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Giving birth at home can be a cherished experience if the necessary preparations are made in advance. They include supplies, an appropriate space in the home, a visible address, but most importantly the knowledge and trust that home is a safe place to birth your baby.

I will be in contact with you once labor begins and come to your home to care for you when it becomes active. Another midwife will also attend to assist us during your labor and birth.  You will meet the assistant during your prenatal care, most likely at your home visit.
Underwater Birth
Some of the benefits are… Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and/or pushing, reduces blood pressure, provides significant pain relief, promotes relaxation, conserves energy, and reduces perineal tearing. It is highly rated by mothers and midwives!

More than 25% of my clients use the birth pools, some for the end of labor and/ or some for their birth.

Postpartum Care
It is essential for every mother to receive qualified, compassionate care immediately after birth and for weeks to come. It doesn’t matter if you gave birth to baby #1 or baby #12! Women deserve it and need it more than they realize. During the first week after the birth, I remain in daily contact with you by phone or by personal visit. I come to your home to do a complete and through exam on both you and your baby twice after the birth. The first one is within 48 to 72 hours after the birth and then again on day 5 to 7. I also offer two additional postpartum visits in the office at 2 -3 weeks and again at 6 weeks.

During our postpartum visits I do a complete newborn exam. Also, I will do the Newborn Blood Spot Screening (NBS) and the Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening (CCHD), as discussed during prenatal care and upon request.

Postpartum depression is excessive in the United States so our assessment doesn’t just cover the physical aspects of care at this time but also the emotional aspects as well. With that in mind, we would continue to focus on individual and personalized care.

Breastfeeding Assistance
Proper latch is the most important aspect of successfully nursing your baby. Also, plenty of water and an extra 1000 calories a day is a must for the nursing mom. As a nursing mother myself, I have compassion concerning the work and patience it takes to avoid problems that arise during breastfeeding. I am willing to provide the assistance necessary so you can achieve a beautiful nursing relationship.
I have done extensive research to find supplement companies that we can trust. Companies that manufacture their products in their own facilities and welcome 3rd party random testing. I am happy to provide, for you, most of the recommended supplements necessary for a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period. Since I enjoy a professional discount you will find that my prices are comparable to amazon and much lower than any health food store.
Lending Library
I have found, over the years of doing birth work, that women who seek out a midwife to have her baby, her way, at home, surrounded by the people of her choice, has the desire to be an educated consumer.

In order to assist her I have established an extensive lending library that contains books, DVDs (and yes, I still have some great VHS tapes) on a variety of subjects from conception to child training and most things in-between.