Merrilyn R Reeves, LM, CPM
Prenatal, birth, and
Nutritional and herbal counseling
We at New Beginnings Midwifery believe
that childbirth is an important event in the life of a
family. We believe that a woman’s body is especially
designed to accomplish pregnancy and birth, and that women
birth best where they feel safe and protected. A safe
natural birth allows the best possible bonding experience between
parents and baby in the hours immediately following the
birth. Happy empowered moms mean happy babies!
We believe that midwives and parents
share the responsibility for a healthy birth. Parents are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet and
lifestyle, to become knowledgeable about pregnancy and
birth, and to accept the responsibility for their choices in
health care and birth outcome. The midwife’s role is
to assist the birthing couple by monitoring the pregnancy
and birth process and by providing supportive care
to the birthing woman and her infant throughout the process.
Naturally, safety for mother and baby are
a concern. In 2005, the British Medical Journal
published the results of a large study addressing the safety of
home birth. The conclusion was that, for low risk
women, a planned home birth with Certified Professional
Midwives (CPM) is as safe as a hospital birth. The
study also noted a lower rate of intervention with CPM
managed births and found that over 97% of birthing women were
"extremely or very satisfied" with midwifery care. You
may read the whole
BMJ article here.
of Birthing at Home
Safety for mother and baby are
addressed in previous paragraph.
Comfort for the laboring mother is
provided as she is supported by her loved ones, eating,
drinking, and moving about as she desires, following her
own instincts and choosing positions as she pleases.
Midwifery care is personalized care,
and takes into account
the desires of the parents for their birth.
Emotional and spiritual elements also
play an important part. Because midwives see birth as a beautiful, natural
process (rather than a clinical event), one which brings
special joy to the woman’s life and family, they work with
the family to provide the optimum birthing experience.
Cost of a home birth is a fraction of
a similar hospital delivery.
Often the midwife's fees are less than the
cost of insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
Some insurance companies cover the cost of midwifery
care and some will not.
Environmental impact is far less than a hospital
birth, usually resulting in a small sack of trash and a load of laundry.