Birth Services

Joyce Kimball, CPM

Home Birth Midwifery

About Homebirth Midwifery

Right after_birth_on_stool_with_baby_out_and_in_arms_7I am a midwife. I work with women and families during the childbearing year. I attend planned births at home. Women and families who choose homebirth see pregnancy, labor and birth as a normal healthy process. Some reasons women and families may choose homebirth include:

  • Quality one-on-one care
  • Non-interventive care
  • No separation of the baby and the mother
  • Increased relaxation in the comfort of your own home
  • Continuity of care

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  • Pregnancy is a normal, low risk, significant time in a woman's life.
  • Pregnancy is a part of a woman's cycle of life.
  • Pregnancy affects and is affected by all of a woman's life: social, economic, professional, and familial.
  • Women have the right to choose a care provider and with whom and where to give birth.
  • A woman knows her body and her needs and wants.
  • A woman can educate herself about care options and make appropriate choices for herself and her baby.

My homebirth midwifery care includes:

  • Complete prenatal care
  • Lab work and ultrasound if necessary
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Home care for labor and delivery
  • Extensive postpartum care
  • Newborn exams
  • Recommendations and assistance in using alternative therapies such as massage, nutrition, meditation, exercise, herbs and homeopathy to achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Continuity of Care

prenatal at_home_2I spend time with my clients – getting to know them, teaching them and helping them think through options to make reasoned decisions. A typical prenatal visit lasts 45 – 60 minutes. Studies indicate that homebirth midwives provide the safest and best maternity care for healthy pregnant women, while spending on the average of 5 to 15 times more hours with clients than do obstetricians, at about half the price. Our time spent together helps us develop a strong personal relationship.

I will accompany you in labor through the active part of labor and birth, and postpartum care includes several follow-up visits.

Homebirth Is Safe for Low-Risk Women

Griffin HiRes_14Home midwifery care makes sense for normal pregnancies because home birth midwives are skilled at keeping the pregnancy normal. If something does shift out of normal, I will consult with specialists and make referrals when needed.

A common concern regarding homebirth is “What if something happens?” I am trained in the detection of complications. My goal is to guard the health of mother and baby and remain alert for any possible complications. When a problem is detected early, we can often reverse it with simple measures such as nutrition and/or a change of laboring position.

Statistics indicate that for the low-risk woman and her child, the morbidity and mortality rates are the same or lower in a planned homebirth with a midwife than for matched populations of birthing women in the hospital.

I am honored to attend the miracle of a growing baby and a beautiful birth!

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