Would I need to see a doctor, or only you?
As Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) we are qualified to provide care to our healthy, low-risk clients throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum without the need for a doctor. Sometimes the need arises for a client to see another healthcare provider such as an obstetrician, chiropractor, or pediatrician for assessment, treatment or monitoring. We work collaboratively with other healthcare providers to ensure that our clients remain healthy, low-risk homebirth candidates.
What if we need to go to the hospital during labor or birth?
Over the course of your prenatal care we monitor for the well-being of mother and baby. If we see concerning signs arise during labor or birth we work to determine what might be happening, respond appropriately, and transport to the hospital if birth at home is no longer a safe option. We transport to the hospital by car or by ambulance (in the very rare case of emergency), and at least one Nest midwife will remain with the client throughout birth and for a short time afterwards. In the case of a hospital transport, we will share your chart with the hospital staff taking over your medical care, continue to help you advocate for your needs, provide labor support and information as the birth unfolds. We will provide continuity of care after the birth, and will come visit you for your postpartum visits!
Who will be there for my birth?
At least one experienced, licensed Nest Midwife will attend your birth, along with an assistant midwife and/or a student midwife. Our priority is to ensure we have enough hands to assist you and baby during the birth and in the first hours afterward.
What about the mess of a homebirth? Who cleans that up?
We clean up your home after the birth while you’re feeding and bonding with your baby. Of course our first priority is monitoring the wellbeing of mom and baby for the first hours after birth. But feeding you a meal, changing your sheets, starting your laundry, removing the birth tub (if you used one) and cleaning up any birth remnants are a natural part of our care. We understand that it’s hard enough to sleep when you just want to stare at this wonder you just met!