How do I get a birth certificate? We file the birth certificate within five days of birth with the Utah State Bureau of Vital Records. In about ten days you can mail in an order form to receive your certified copy of the birth certificate or fill it out online. You can also have a social security number assigned and a social security card mailed to you automatically.
Who attends the births? Two attendants are at every birth. The primary midwife will generally be with you most of active labor and will call the second attendant nearer the end of labor. The second attendant generally stays until both mom and baby are stable and most of the cleanup is finished. Meet our staff.
What is your transfer rate? Our most current transfer rate is 7.9% once labor has started, most for long, hard labors that need a little pain relief and pitocin. Our cesarean section rate is 2.3% which we are very proud of! It is still 0% for VBACs! Our newborn transfer rate is 0.9%. Most of these babies do very well and are home in a couple of days.
Do you stay with me if I must give birth in the hospital? If you transfer to the hospital during labor, we absolutely stay with you! While we cannot continue to manage care, we provide valuable advocacy for you during your labor. Because of this, many women who do transfer tell us that it was their best birth ever--even though it didn't quite go as planned. As long as everyone is well, you can often go home as soon as 4-6 hours after birth and we will continue with the postpartum and baby care.
Is birth outside the hospital safe? Many studies, in the United States, Europe and Canada, show that home births and birth center births can be just as safe as a hospital birth. Good prenatal care to make sure we don't expect problems and a qualified midwife at the birth are the most important factors.
What is the best part about a home birth? Most people choose a home birth because they like the comfort and control that comes from being in their space. They like not having to go anywhere during labor and love being able to relax in their own bed after birth.
What is the best part about the Birth Center? This may depend on your circumstances. For some, we are much closer to hospital services if they are needed. For others it is a more comfortable in-between where they don't want the hospital, but are not comfortable with a home birth. Some women like being able to get away to a nice place to birth without having to worry about preparing their space.
Your prenatal visits are designed to help you feel comfortable and in control of every aspect of your care. Prenatal visits are purposely scheduled for 60 minutes so that you feel you have ample time to ask questions and get answers to your questions. We want you to have the time to let us know what you want from your birth. We want you to feel comfortable with the medical and testing decisions that you make so we purposefully bring up things you will need to know about so that you have time to look into them and research before you have to make a decision. In addition to the physical components of a prenatal exam, we spend lots of time discussing nutrition, growth of your baby, pregnancy changes and the labor and birth process. Desires for alternative types of treatments or support are not only welcomed and supported but often suggested.
Whether you choose to birth at home or in our Birth Center, our focus is on supporting you in whatever way you need in order to have an empowering birth. If this means lots of hands-on support, we’re happy to provide it. If you prefer to labor mostly in private, this is easily done and monitoring can be kept to the safest possible minimum. We are quite comfortable with moms and dads catching their own babies if they desire it—obviously not a requirement.
The only perfect way to give birth is the one that works for you. Because the use of deep water immersion is frequently so very helpful to laboring women, a labor/birth pool is always available. Water is only a tool and there for you to use if you choose.
The midwife is with you during active labor to provide monitoring and assessment and whatever other support is needed. In late active labor a second attendant is called who will stay until mother and baby are both stable after the birth. We are equipped to treat or stabilize unforeseeable complications such as hemorrhage and newborn resuscitation. If you are planning a home birth, all of the disposable birth supplies will be provided for you as well as the use of our towels and pool.
Postpartum Care is attentive to your emotional and spiritual needs as well as the physical. We are careful not to rush your first magical hour after birth and try to be unobtrusive while both mom and baby transition after birth. Later visits focus on your concerns and questions while checking for signs of infection, breastfeeding difficulties and overall return to your non-pregnant state. We are readily available to answer questions during this time.
Care for your newborn is done with gentleness and consideration for baby’s feelings and sensitivities. Immediately after birth we provide close monitoring and support as baby transitions to life outside the womb. We fully support early bonding and breastfeeding by minimizing non-essential tasks and delaying the newborn exam until after the baby is quite finished nursing.
When you are ready, a full newborn exam is performed and legally required and standard medications such as Vitamin K are administered if you desire. The midwife will stay at least 2-4 hours until she is confident both mom and baby are quite stable. We are experienced in breastfeeding and will do whatever we can to help breastfeeding go smoothly.
Early Newborn care is provided in your home to minimize the hassle that comes with having to go out to the doctor’s office in the early days after birth. Because babies are transitioning rapidly and have many adjustments to make in the days after birth, we visit at 24-36 hours after birth and 4-5 days so that any difficulties can be caught early and addressed. Many times attentive and supportive care can avoid problems such as excessive weight loss, jaundice and thrush.
State law requires that the Newborn Screening test (commonly known as the PKU), a screening test for critical congenital heart defects and a hearing screening be performed in the first days of life. These are included in the Complete Maternity Care Package.
Although some clients prefer to see a physician for well-baby care, most like the combined postpartum and well-baby care that we provide though the first two months of life. Often simple techniques and natural remedies are very effective for easing the transition of a baby’s early weeks. We are fully supportive of breastfeeding and are committed to helping you have a successful and happy experience. In additions to the home visits during the first week postpartum, two and six-week well-baby visits are standard. If you are having difficulty with jaundice, breastfeeding or weight gain, we may see you more often. We do not perform circumcisions and are not able to administer vaccinations.
Regardless of the age of the baby, if you are having difficulty with breastfeeding, we can help. We can help with maintaining an adequate milk supply, teething difficulties, frequent plugged ducts or breast infections, maintaining breastfeeding during medical procedures or surgeries, nursing strikes, introducing foods and going back to work.
Well-woman care, including complete physicals, pap smears, pelvic exams and breast exams, is provided in a comfortable and relaxed environment with a focus on helping you understand your body and its functions. Because we do not have full-prescriptive authority we cannot provide prescription contraceptives, however we offer thorough counseling of all options and teach several types of Natural Family Planning. Preconception counseling and fertility support are provided with a focus on healthy lifestyle and hormone balancing with natural remedies.
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