Prenatal Care

Routine prenatal care is important for detecting and reducing problems, but excellent prenatal care goes further and also emphasizes nutrition, exercise, emotional, social and psychological health. Homebirth prenatal care is superior to routine prenatal care because it is individualized and the luxury of longer appointments allows for trust and personal connection between midwife and mother-to-be.

Homebirth prenatal visits are monthly until 28 weeks, twice monthly from 28-36 weeks, and weekly after 36 weeks until birth. Homebirth prenatal visits last 45 minutes to one hour, as compared to 15 minutes or less in routine medical care. At least one prenatal visit will be in your home and the remainder in the office.

We offer all routine prenatal screening.

We also offer the California Prenatal Screen.  This is an optional blood test from the mother to screen her unborn baby for spinal cord defects, abdominal wall defects, trisomy 18 and 21 and Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome.

Additionally we offer prenatal genetic testing called non-invasive prenatal testing.

Prenatal Care

  • Hour or longer appointments
  • In depth nutritional counseling
  • In depth conversations and counseling about procedures and tests
  • An open ear to questions, concerns and fears
  • Family appointments (bring you other children, partner etc…)
  • Alternative healing modalities for traditional pregnancy related complaints
  • Childbirth preparation
  • Relaxed and friendly environment
  • 24/7 phone availability

The most significant prenatal care a woman receives is the care a woman gives herself. Ultimately, it is this care that all other forms of prenatal care should nurture.

~ Aviva Jill Romm

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