RETIRED, not catching babies anymore, but still some home birth inspiration on this site. Hello to former clients, email me if you wish: nancygreenwoodbirth@gmail.com.

birth your family, your way

 Could home birth be for you?

You are healthy

Your pregnancy is low-risk (eg: one baby, head down)

You want to experience a natural birth

You want to avoid routine interventions such as admission IVs, electronic fetal monitoring, and food and drink restrictions

You want to avoid unnecessary induction, epidural, episiotomy, assisted delivery and cesarean section

You want to reduce your and your baby’s risk of infection

You want to have freedom to move around, change positions, drink and eat freely in labor

You want to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of your home

You want to labor and/or give birth in water

You want delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin bonding and breastfeeding

You want to share your experience with family and friends

You want home visits in the first week to help with adjusting to a new baby and breastfeeding assistance and follow up maternal and newborn care until 6 weeks after the birth

Home birth is generally nothing like the dramatic, unplanned excitement you see on TV shows! For those who choose it, home birth provides the comfort of being in familiar surroundings. This allows you to feel more confident and relaxed, able to access your own food, bed and bathroom and choose who will be present. Home birth also means you don’t have to travel to hospital while you’re in labor or leave your own bed with your new baby until you want to.

SAFETY

For healthy women cared for by trained midwives, the best current scientific research states clearly that home birth is as safe as hospital birth, with less intervention. Home birth for healthy women with recognized midwives is considered a safe option around the world, including the USA, Canada, the UK, and most European countries.

Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy, birth and newborn care, trained to screen for and manage common complications and emergencies. We have extensive knowledge of and faith in women and their ability to labor and give birth. Birth is a normal, physiological process that unfolds most smoothly in a familiar, undisturbed environment. Home is a very special place to give birth!

Can I still have lab tests, diagnostic screenings and ultrasounds?

Yes! Licensed Midwives (LMs) can order all routine tests, screens including the NIPT early genetic screening and ultrasounds.

What happens at home birth?

We see you for all regular and standard prenatal visits in our office from the beginning of your pregnancy. At around 36 weeks we visit you at home to discuss logistics, explain the equipment we bring to the birth and review what to expect during labor and birth. During your labor, we monitor both you and your baby. A second Licensed Midwife or a certified Midwife Assistant will arrive close to the end of your labor. After your baby is born and the health of you and your baby is thoroughly assessed and confirmed, we will leave you alone to rest, generally 2-3 hours after the birth. We will return to your home within 24-36 hours for your first postpartum visit and again once or twice in the first week. (You come to our office for the follow-up postpartum appointments.)

What if there is an emergency?

Prenatally we work together to minimize the likelihood of complications. Since we know that healthy women with normal pregnancies are at a lower risk for serious complications during birth, we limit our care to those women and their newborns. During labor and birth we monitor closely for signs of fetal distress and maternal exhaustion and take common sense measures to prevent further problems and minimize risks.

The vast majority of home birth transports are for non-emergent reasons and happen in our cars. Should the need for transport arise, we will go with you to liaise with the staff so the transition is as smooth as possible and offer continuous support in the hospital. See my Safety, Equipment and Research page for more information.

 

Contact me for your free one hour consultation now.

 

 

”I would recommend Nancy’s services without reservation, and wish you all the best on your birthing journey. I knew that Nancy was right for our birth as soon as I met her. I felt an instant connection with her; she was the combination of positive energy, years of experience, wit, and honesty that I was looking for.  She provided excellent care during my pregnancy, and she was more than willing to work with us to plan for the birth experience that we wanted.

During labour and delivery, she was out of sight when I needed my space, but she would miraculously appear the moment I needed support, reassurance, or if she could see that I needed a gentle nudge towards a different position. Our beautiful son was born, and it was an experience that was as awesome and peaceful as we dreamed it would be.  My husband maintains it was the best day of his life!”

Trish & Brad Bezair, Ottawa, Canada

Awesome & peaceful…

“You’re the best thing to happen to the USA in a loooong time! Thank you for absolutely everything- I couldn’t have asked for a single thing to be different and so much of that came from your innate trust in me and the process.

Love love love you,”

Amanda, Jed, Ari, Cypress and Bernie, Santa Cruz

 

Love, love, love you…