I believe that Birth is the intimate provenance of the mother, baby and family. This means that your birth is directed by YOU. Ultimately, the decisions made concerning your pregnancy and birth, are yours to make. Families that choose homebirth benefit from highly individualized care, a more intimate relationship with and more time spent with their care provider as well as taking on a greater level of responsibility and accountability for their pregnancy and birth outcomes. As a midwife, I work closely with you using an informed choice and low-intervention, collaborative model of care. I support a mother's right to choose her place of birth and the people that attend it, including the rights of mothers to choose to birth without an attendant ("unassisted birth" or, "family birth"). You may seek out a variety of of resources to educate yourself. You choose the location, that you feel safe and capable in. It's your birth, your baby, your family.
I believe that birth is a natural state. Birth is normal. Your body is designed for and intuitively knows how to birth. Many interventions, however well intended, interfere with this and can change the normal course of labor and birth. That fact does NOT make birth dangerous... Instead, it begs us to ask the questions, "Is this intervention necessary? For whom? What are the benefits and risks, both of agreeing to the intervention or of choosing not to? Are there other options? What happens if we do nothing? Birth is NOT inherently a medical event, though you may have medical conditions or complications that warrant medical treatment, consultation, or transfer of care. As a midwife, I will support your right to make conscious choices, provide ongoing education about normal and how best to support normal physiology, provide referral as necessary, and work with you to plan your individual preferences in a non-judgmental and loving way.
I believe that when I do my job well, a family feels MORE connected. I am present at your birth to monitor you and your baby's health and wellness during your labor, to provide guidance, knowledge, risk-assessment, suggestions (and sometimes interventions) that support safe, joyful and spontaneous birth and to facilitate the connection between you and your partner and/or other chosen attendants. I can act to help ground you as labor intensifies; to provide emotional support, comfort and mobility suggestions based on your unique labor; to assist your spouse or partner to understand and feel confident in both supporting you and in the labor process; to address concerns or questions as they arise; and to help set an environment which supports your birth plan.
I believe in Birth as a Conscious Becoming. Your Baby is a conscious part of the birth process! He or she is an active participant during your labor and labor works best when mother and baby are able to work responsively together. You are birthing a human being and your labor is literally the bridge your child crosses from you into the world. It is also your bridge to becoming a mother and your partner's to becoming a parent. The work is hard, humbling, breathtaking. The informed decisions you make and the actions you take in preparing for birth are not guarantees of perfection, but an opening up to the transformative journey you are embarking on as parents.