Labor & Birth
we typically arrive to your home once you have a labor pattern established.This is the 5.1.1. However we are available for your needs 24/7 so we are ready when you are. During your labor we will monitor your your physical, emotional and clinical well being, as well as monitor the health and well being of your baby. We will do this by intermittently monitoring your babies heart rate using a fetal doppler.
We will continue to to offer you compassionate, respectful support throughout your labor. This may include massages, nutrition, hydration, movement, rest, privacy, and physical and emotional support as needed. We may also bring a birth tub, birth ball or birth stool for added comfort measures.
In our experience, labor unfolds best when interventions are kept to a minimum. Trusting in women’s bodies and abilities to give birth, we facilitate this process with guidance, assurance and support while responding to the individual needs of the birthing mom.
As midwives we believe that mothers deliver their babies, and our role as midwives is assisting them in this powerful process. When it is time for your baby to be born, we may catch your baby or assist you and/or your partner in catching. We really love the look on a papa’s face when he is the first to touch his newborn child.
Ohana Midwives are trained in emergency procedures and bring all necessary equipment to births. This includes oxygen, resuscitation equipment, IV equipment, infant suctioning devices, anti-hemorrhagic medications and suturing equipment. We will also bring our standard equipment for monitoring and for comfort, such as dopplers, fetascopes, herbs, homeopathic remedies, birth stool, birth ball and birth tub.
The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety. ~Dr. Sarah Buckley