PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM CARE

Debra & Wendi

Heart of Texas Midwives offers a fantastic schedule of prenatal and postpartum care. We meet at our comfortable office where we discuss many aspects of pregnancy, labor, and birth. Children are always welcome. We listen to you and tailor each visit to your unique needs. These visit are truly enjoyable.

We meet every 4 weeks until your 28th week, then every 2 weeks until your 36th week, and finally we meet every week until your baby is born. All visits are 1 hour in length.

Below you will see how comprehensive our prenatal experience is. Just imagine how well we will know each other as your childbirth draws near.

You are given a birth notebook, that has been authored by our midwives, to educate you and to reference during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period.

We conduct a comprehensive health history review so that we are confident that your health is excellent and that you are a good candidate for a home birth.

You will receive a complete physical exam that includes a pap screening.

Prenatal blood tests are discussed and drawn at our office. We then send them off to the lab for evaluation. These tests are used to determine your health status.

Vital signs of both mother and baby are assessed for normalcy at each visit.

Your baby’s heart rate, growth patten, activity, and position are assessed at each visit.

Guidance on nutrition and exercise is an important and ongoing topic in our prenatal care. We offer tips and tricks to  help you be well fed and active.

Each appointment is like a mini childbirth education class as well as a health check up.

We assist you in creating a plan for your  labor so you feel satisfied with the birth experience that you have created. We explore your birth desires and the emotions surrounding your family’s transition into parenthood.

At 36 weeks, 1 of your regular prenatal visits take place in your home. One of the midwives comes for a visit where the topic is typically how to prepare your home for the birth. Gathering the supplies needed for the birth and supplies needed to care for your newborn is carefully outlined and explained. This visit is usually when parents decide where, in their home, to put their birth pool!

After the birth we provide an atmosphere where a smooth and joyful transition into parenthood can unfold. We assess the  health of both mother and baby while educating  you about how to keep yourself and your baby in tip-top shape.We are experts in breastfeeding and guide you in providing the best food for your little one. We think mothers milk is the ultimate homemade meal!

We also take the time to help you review and process the birth experience. Having a baby is a powerful transition and many women want to talk about it in the days and weeks following the birth. We are there when you need us.

Here are some other highlights of a Heart of Texas home birth.

We never separate mother and baby. Your baby NEVER leaves you.

You baby is encouraged to begin breastfeeding as soon as they are ready  without interruption. The golden nursing hour after a normal birth is so important. We consider this time a crucial part of the birth process.

We delay cutting the umbilical cord. After a few minutes your baby’s cord will empty assuring that you baby has received all of their blood into their circulatory system. This has been shown to enhance the health of newborns.

The vital signs for mother and baby are assessed regularly to let us know that the couplet is transitioning well.

We perform a comprehensive newborn examination including the baby’s weight and length.

Our Mothers and baby are offered an herbal bath after their natural birth. This is very soothing for both, and most babies really love their first bath with Mommy.

Routine treatments for the newborn, that are mandated by state law, are discussed and performed if you give consent.

We do the  laundry! We leave your home all tidy after your birth.

Before we leave for home our postpartum care instructions for mother and baby are reviewed so our guidelines are fresh in your mind and you feel secure.

On day 1 and day 3, after your birth, a Heart of Texas Midwife will come to you for a postpartum visit. At  1 week and at 6 weeks postpartum we will meet at our office for our last visits.

We do an assessment of both the physical and emotional recovery of the mother.

We also perform a physical assessment and evaluation of the baby.

Counseling and support for continued breastfeeding success is a very important part of these visits.

We continue to educate about self care and newborn care as you realize your family’s “new normal”.

We have filed your birth certificate with the appropriate vital statistics office and answer any questions that you have about how to get a copy for your files.

Comforting baby during the exam.
Comforting baby during the exam.