Legacy Midwives Care
Our midwives provide individual and personalized care for each family that chooses Legacy Midwives for their pregnancy and delivery. We believe that pregnancy is a natural function of a woman’s body and is not an illness. Each woman’s progress is carefully monitored through pregnancy to prevent a complication. We strive to explore the underlying cause for our bodies dysfunction and approach healing from a natural approach. Our staff are not doctors and we cannot diagnose or treat illness. We only offer support for the bodies natural mechanisms for healing itself. When a dysfunction does not respond to support, we will refer to a physician for medical treatment.
In labor, we provide support, monitoring and a sacred space in which to meet your miracle. There is freedom to experience the power and beauty that is birth. After your baby has arrived, we support you to bond and get to know this new little one, in a peaceful and uninterrupted time. We encourage skin to skin contact and early breastfeeding. The family unit is encouraged to participate in the bonding experience fully.
We offer an in-depth interview to learn what your needs are and consider any complications to conception. This includes diet history, lifestyle history, medical history and family history for women. We will do further evaluation of your partner if needed, for an additional consultation fee. Lab work and genetic testing may be offered, but with limited counseling in this area. After review of your specific needs, we can help with changes and additions to your current routine to optimize a healthy start to your pregnancy.
We are not physicians and therefore we can not treat infertility. However, we do offer plans to naturally optimize your ability to conceive. These include lifestyle and dietary changes. We recommend the use of herbal and whole food supplements and education to facilitate your own body’s ability to conceive.
We offer complete care for your pregnancy, from conception to postpartum, for women who are low risk. An initial assessment and then ongoing assessment throughout the pregnancy is conducted to determine if a woman is low risk. If a woman is deemed high risk for an out of hospital delivery, then a referral will be made to an appropriate care provider.
We provide a comprehensive and individualized care plan based on your specific needs. This includes regular visits for assessment of mother and fetus during your pregnancy. As part of your care we will perform regular lab work, provide referral for sonographic imaging, diet assessment, and education on pregnancy related issues as they relate to you personally. We invite you to bring family members for your visits if you desire.
Labor and Delivery
When it is time for your baby to arrive, one of our midwives will attend you and provide support during your labor. Prior to delivery, a second midwife will also be in attendance to assist you and your new baby as you both make the transition from pregnancy to birth. We provide intermittent monitoring of fetal well being, vital signs during labor and a minimum of two hours post birth for mother and baby. Any complications during labor, birth or immediate postpartum that are out of our scope of care will be transferred to a hospital.
We provide a 3 or 4 day follow up visit in your home to assess both mother and baby. This includes a newborn assessment of weight, vital signs, nursing, jaundice and blood oxygen level. We also provide an assessment of the mother’s vital signs, breastfeeding, and emotional status. At this visit we will complete the state required Newborn Screen collection. We will repeat the above assessment at a second visit at our office at 2-3 weeks postpartum. A final well woman visit is included for 8 weeks post delivery for pap screen if needed. We do not provide prescriptive birth control options.