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Holistic prenatal care is vital in pregnancy, not only for the physical health of the pregnant person and baby, but also for the mental and emotional health and support. To us, prenatal care is not simply a clinical process, it's a deeply relational one. All prenatal appointments will take at our office. They typically last for at about and hour in order to allow ample space for not only the medical checkups on the pregnancy, but also to talk, educate, answer any questions, and address any thoughts, feelings, concerns, or anxieties that you may be experiencing. During the course of prenatal care, you will be offered all of the same tests and lab work that you would be offered in a hospital setting; this will include education and discussions regarding these options, to ensure that you feel comfortable, informed, and confident choosing which screenings and tests are right for you.
Beautiful Births, LLC follows the standard schedule regarding the frequency of prenatal visits:
From 12-28 weeks we will meet once a month
From 28-36 weeks we will meet twice a month
From 36-birth we will meet weekly
Birth and Immediate Postpartum
A midwife will be on-call for whenever labor might begin. They will come to your house when needed and will begin by setting up everything necessary for the birth. Having been trained in land or water birth, as well as a variety of other birth options, we will happily cater to your preferences and desires. Throughout the labor, we will be regularly listening to baby’s heart tones and checking on the birth giver's vital signs, in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We are big believers in the power and importance of skin-to-skin contact between parent and baby, so immediately following the delivery, baby will go straight to parent's chest. As you are bonding with baby, the birth team will be cleaning up the birthing area, putting away supplies, preparing a clean bed with fresh linens, and making sure you can enjoy a clean house with your growing family! The midwife will then stay at your house until everyone's vitals are stable and it is safe for us to go.
Transferral of Care
There is always a possibility for a transfer-of-care at anytime throughout the pregnancy and birthing process. With your safety as our top priority, if at anytime we believe that the safest place for you is the hospital we will transfer to the wonderful providers at a local hospital. During labor, most of the transfers are non-emergent, if this is the case, we will travel together by personal car. While transfers are uncommon, they do occur, and we find it helpful for our clients to remember that a transfer is always a possibility. Should you have any questions concerning the transferral of care, we can discuss this in greater depth during an initial consult or prenatal visit.
Postpartum and Newborn Care
The level of postpartum care families receive from midwives is quite unique. You will receive at-home visits and care for the first 2 weeks and then office visits until 6 weeks; this is invaluable for a family adjusting to new life with a newborn. During that time, in the privacy and personal comfort of your own home, we will support the recovery process by answering any questions, offering support and coaching with breastfeeding, ensuring that everything is healing properly, and that baby is growing and developing at a healthy rate. During the 6 weeks of postpartum care, you will be seen for a minimum of 6 visits: at 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks. However, if circumstances necessitate, we will come more frequently.
Cost of Service
For all of the care just described, the cost in $5,200. We work with a billing service that can run your insurance, free of charge, before care is established. This way, you will know exactly what the cost will be to you. Payment plans are available, as well as a sliding scale.
I do accept the Oregon Health Plan. Please mention that you are on OHP at the consultation so I can inform you about some of the differences associated with this type of insurance.