Prenatal visits are 45-90 minutes in length and scheduled:
- every 3-4 weeks until 28 weeks,
- every 2 weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, and
- once a week from 36 weeks until birth.
These visits are in my home office.
Prenatal exams consist of:
- a physical assessment,
- blood pressure,
- fundal measurement,
- palpation, and
- listening to fetal heart tones.
In addition, there are many routine questions and a nutritional analysis. I will also order appropriate lab work.
You may bring anyone to prenatal visits that you would welcome at your birth. Children may come to prenatal visits. Bring a favorite toy or person to help occupy the littler ones. I do not have child care available.
Prenatal visits are a time for us to get to know each other and your baby. We will talk about how your pregnancy is proceeding, what you want to do during your labor, who you may want present and where you might want to birth. I am open to anything that does not endanger anyone.
I refer if you desire an ultrasound or I have a medical reason. If you'd like, I will accompany you.
I highly recommend childbirth education for first time parents and those birthing at home for the first time. I believe there is much to be gained by education before pregnancy and as soon as pregnancy is known. There are several well-trained independent (not affiliated with a hospital) childbirth teachers in the Colorado Springs area. Classes associated with hospitals do not offer the type of education that a homebirth requires. I have a large video and book lending library. Some women do fine with self-education.
I teach classes and the cost is NOT included in your midwifery fee. Classes are 2-3 hours long and a series is arranged by need.