Homebirth

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Homebirth

For generations, homebirth was the standard in the United States.  During the last century birth moved from being a home-based, normal right of passage to a hospital-based, highly medicalized experience.  It is true that advances in maternity care have decreased many risks associated with childbirth and have reduced rates of maternal and infant mortality.  It is also true that medical interventions in an otherwise normal birth process carry risks of their own.  There is no universal right place to birth or right amount of intervention.  Each person and baby and family is unique, and it follows that there is a unique answer for each person.

Homebirth is not the desire of every person, nor is it the safest choice for all people.  Low-risk people who are supported by a trained attendant and choose to birth at home have births that are statistically as safe as those same low-risk people who choose to birth in the hospital.  What is different is the risk of intervention.  Though CPMs are trained to manage complications and certain emergencies at home and to transport for additional care when necessary, CPM training is focused on normal birth.  This unique training model combined with laboring at home means people who plan a homebirth are statistically less likely to experience a cesarean section, instrument assisted birth, episiotomy, or an induction of labor.

Welcoming a baby is one of the most intimate things a person and family will ever do.  Many people are led to homebirth through a desire to create a familiar, comfortable, and relaxed environment to labor and birth.  Homebirth allows people the freedom to labor based on instinct and not protocol.  It allows them to choose their support people based on personal connection and not on-call schedules.  It allows them to be the drivers of their experience, and ultimately to feel more control and more ownership of their birth.

 

Waterbirth

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Waterbirth

Many people find water to be a helpful tool in laboring and/or birthing. I own and maintain three portable birth tubs.  They are five feet in diameter and about thirty inches deep and hold roughly 100 gallons of water.  These firm-sided tubs have in-wall heaters that maintain the appropriate temperature of the water. Clients are welcome to rent tubs for use during their labors.

 

 Well-Body Care

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Well-Body Care

You don’t need to be pregnant to have a midwife! Well-body care is preventative and proactive healthcare that addresses reproducing health issues and concerns, breast health, family planning, health history and nutrition. Lab testing or pap screening are tools used to optimize health, but are only a piece of well-body care and are not the focus. The focus is on the client and their wellness.

 

 Breastfeeding Support

 
 

Breastfeeding Support

Support is the single most significant factor in determining breastfeeding success. With over 8 years of personal breastfeeding experience and 15 years of supporting breastfeeding dyads professionally, I bring to my midwifery practice both the theoretical and practical knowledge to help families get off to a successful start. I have completed additional training in lactation and am scheduled to take a board exam in October 2019 to become an IBCLC. This additional training has broaden my breastfeeding knowledge to better support not only term-healthy newborns, but those with challenges, special needs or feeding complications.

Breastfeeding support is built into my midwifery care, and is also available to those that birth in different situation or under the care of another provider and need additional support.

 

Parenting & Family Support

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Gatherings

Birch Moon Midwifery cares for clients through the childbearing year and beyond. Compassionate, competent support in the postpartum period has an important impact on postpartum mental health, breastfeeding success, and the experience of parenting. For this reason Birch Moon Midwifery hosts a Tea & Scones group every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30, November-April. When the weather shifts I host a Wednesday Hikers group from May-October. These informal gatherings are a chance to meet other parents and their amazing wee ones, to glean advice from other wise parents, and to find a social outlet that supports both adults and children alike. Please see the FaceBook page or contact me for more information. You needn’t be a client of Birch Moon Midwifery. All are welcome!

 

Supportive Care

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Supportive Care

Sometime people choose to birth in the hospital, and may also want the more elaborate prenatal, postpartum, and labor support care that Birch Moon Midwifery provides. For some clients that is co-care—care with both a Birch Moon Midwifery and a hospital-based provider. For others this may be doula care for a hospital birth, or supplemental postpartum visits. I work with clients to create a unique care plan that will provide the level of care and support a person desires in the place that feels most appropriate.

 

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture

With 2000 years of recorded history, acupuncture is among the oldest written record of any medical modality in the world and has been used continuously for thousands of years to assist women during preconception, pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period.  As two of the oldest forms of healthcare on the planet, acupuncture and midwifery have a long history of working together to promote health and well-being and to reduce complications during the childbearing year.

Sarah Tewhey, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with particular training, skill, and passion for working with people through the childbearing cycle.  Sarah’s work includes traditional Japanese acupuncture techniques as well as western and Chinese herbs.  In addition to being a skilled acupuncturist, Sarah is also the mother of two home-born sons.

Holly and Sarah work together to provide collaborative and coordinated care to clients. On the first Monday of the month Holly and Sarah see clients together for prenatal and postpartum care. At these visits clients are offered complementary care including tacks, ear seeds, consultation and advice.

Those that would like acupuncture as part of their birth can choose special packages exclusively for Birch Moon Midwifery clients.  Please note that birth packages are only available for births within 90 minutes of Mount Desert Island.