Home birth has been proven to be a safe option for women who are healthy, receiving quality prenatal care, and don’t have any medical conditions that would put them or their baby at risk. Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time.

The Licensed Midwives at Napa Valley Midwife are trained to identify risk factors during your pregnancy and consult or refer to other specialty care providers as needed. If a complication should arise during your labor or birth and transfer to the hospital is necessary, we will go with you to the hospital to serve as advocates and act as labor support for the duration of your labor and birth.

We have taken every reasonable precaution to ensure your safety, comfort and satisfaction. The midwife brings emergency equipment to the home such as oxygen, IV fluids, medications to control bleeding and resuscitation equipment.

All births, regardless of the setting (hospital, birthing center or home), carry a certain degree of risk. Even with low risk pregnancies and births, complications can arise. Generally, when complications do arise there is ample time to transport to the hospital. Occasionally, complications must be dealt with at home.

“The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal has found that home birth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals.”

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Beauty of HomeBirth

Continuity of care

Working with a Homebirth practice is drastically different then working with a large OB practice or hospital. Here, you will see the same one or two midwives through out you pregnancy. You will have an established relationship with the women that will help you through the challenges of labor and birth. You will always have someone to answer your question or address your concerns. Your Midwife will know your desires and wishes regarding your birth!

Safe & Comfortable Environment

Studies have show that being relaxed and at ease greatly reduce pain and anxiety. Being in the comfort of your own home allows you to feel safe, stress free, and uninhibited through our your labor and birth. You can create the type of space and environment you need to feel free. This might include creating an altar, your own music, candles, low lighting and having who you need or want to be present at your birth.

Reduction in Routine Interventions

Many hospital interventions are unnecessary and increase your risk for more intervention! Epidurals, pitocin, episiotomies, immediate cord clamping, IV fluids, and cesarean sections all have their place when necessary. But for 90% of low risk women they are not needed and only increase your risk for further complications.

Dancing Your Baby Out!

You don’t really have to dance your baby out, but you can feel free to move in any way your body tells you to. Position change and choice are key to a smooth, natural birth. In most hospitals, birthing mothers are asked to lay on their backs. This is very convenient for the doctor, but not a great choice for mom and baby.

Immediate Bonding with Your Baby

Your baby will never be taken away from you at home. Your newborn is placed immediately on your warm belly after birth. You will have at least one hour to connect and communicate with your baby and partner before any examination happens. Breast feeding will be encouraged right away!

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