What is a midwife's Assistant:
A midwife's assistant provides practical hands-on help to families birthing at home. The midwife’s assistant is trained in birth support and clinical skills that allow her to assist the midwife in providing physical, emotional and informational support to mothers and their partners during pregnancy, labor and birth and postpartum period. Her assistance to the midwife requires her to: help set up the birth space, monitor the mother’s vital signs, monitor fetal heart tones, palpate fetal position, assist with charting, assist with emergency/medicinal management (if indicated), help with immediate postpartum care of the mother and newborn, assist with both initial and postpartum newborn assessment, and help with post-birth clean-up.
Midwife's Assistant Services Include:
5 clinical prenatal visits, including a home visit around 37 weeks, to go over your preferences, discuss my role at your birth, preferred communications, labor positions, comfort measures and preferences on newborn procedures. These visits will likely be along with your midwife.
On-call email and telephone support from the time you hire me until 4 weeks after delivery.
Full access to the researched handouts and articles on breastfeeding, labor induction, newborn procedures, postpartum suggestions, etc.
Electronic prenatal nutrition handouts and in person consultation as requested.
Help creating your birth preferences for your home birth and incase of transfer plan.
2 - 5 clinical prenatal visits, including a home visit around 37 weeks, to go over your preferences, discuss my role at your birth, preferred communications, labor positions, comfort measures and preferences on newborn procedures. These visits will likely be along with your midwife.
Dedicated 24/7 on-call labor support and back-up Assistant provided just in case.
Telephone support in early labor; help with assessing the status of your labor, tips for comfort and progress.
Emotional and physical support during active labor and delivery including comfort measures, positioning techniques, massage, and more.
Within 2 hours of the time of birth, you'll receive assistance with your initial breastfeeding efforts and bonding.
Within the first 7 days after the birth of your baby I will visit you for a postpartum visit. I will answer any questions or give you a referral to the appropriate professional that can meet your needs.
Access to a large lending library of books and videos!