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Is Homebirth Safer than Hospital During Global Pandemic?

Homebirths are in the spotlight as the safe alternative to hospital birth during the global pandemic. Pregnant women who are due to give birth in the next couple months are reconsidering their plans to deliver in the hospital. To avoid crowds and exposure to the Novel Corona Virus, more women are choosing homebirth. We midwives

Cord Blood Collection and Homebirth

Cord blood collection is possible at your home birth.  Mother to Mother Midwives will help interested families collect cord blood at their Homebirth. The stem cells in your baby’s umbilical cord blood are a valuable resource.  They are undifferentiated cells that can be used to treat many diseases such as stroke, heart disease, Parkinsons Disease

Why a Doula? But we have a midwife…

One of the big questions that we get asked at Mother to Mother Midwifery during our interview process is ” Do I need a doula at our homebirth?” The short answer?  Yes We as midwives have very refined doula skills.  We know what words to use, what touch works, positions for you to get into,

Evidence Based Birth Practices

One of the goals of midwifery care is “Evidenced Based Birth Practices” which means that our care is guided by more than just our personal experiences and instincts.  We strive to provide what we think  is a blend of available science and technology as well as good old fashioned nurturing… A webisie that families can

NIPT: Early Genetic Testing

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Introduction NIPT analyzes cell-free fetal DNA circulating in maternal blood. It is obtained from a simple blood draw. It is a relatively new technology in prenatal screening and testing for trisomy 21 and other fetal chromosomal aneuploidies. It differs from the California State-sponsored Prenatal Screening program in the following ways: NIPT

Birth in the Caul

It is rare and special for a baby to be born in the caul.  It’s also known as ‘born in the veil’ because the membrane covers the baby’s face like a veil at birth. Benefits of strong water bag To be born in the caul is the result of a strong amniotic membrane that doesn’t

A Strong Water Bag-How to Avoid Premature Rupture of Membranes

There are many benefits for a strong water bag.  The risk of infection for mother and baby remains low, the amniotic fluid insulates the umbilical cord, and the baby is better able to navigate the pelvis.  Here is an evidence based prescription for you to follow to grow a strong water bag! The chorioamniotic membrane,

Giving Thanks for an Intact Water Bag

We all know there are two membranes that surround the baby in the womb: the inner amniotic membrane and the outer chorionic membrane. These two membranes don’t always release at the same time.  Sometimes a mother may leak amniotic fluid, believing her water bag to be broken, only later to learn the water bag is