WE PROVIDE MIDWIFERY CARE DURING THE CHILDBEARING CYCLE.

  • Professional midwifery services
  • Pre-conception consultations
  • Homebirth, including water birth
  • Comprehensive prenatal care in our office and your home, including lab work
  • Nutritional counseling & childbirth education
  • Postpartum care for parent & baby for first six weeks
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Prenatal Bodywork
  • Referrals to complementary health providers and community resources
  • Lending library of books, videos, DVDs and other materials
  • Limited ultrasound in office

OUR SCHEDULE OF SERVICES DURING YOUR PREGNANCY

  • Consultation visit/interview (free)
  • Initial visit around 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • 24 hour availability by email and/or phone for midwifery emergencies/concerns
  • Prenatal visits every four weeks until 30 weeks of pregnancy, every two weeks from 30 to 38 weeks, and then weekly until birth.
  • Continuous labor support at home when labor is established
  • Care during labor, birth & immediate postpartum until everyone is settled
  • Postpartum and well baby visits during the first two weeks at your home, and 4 to 6 weeks postpartum at the office

We Also Train Future Midwives

We are committed to securing the future of out-of-hospital midwifery services by training rising midwives. The best way for a student to learn the skills internal to quality midwifery care is to practice hands-on under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned and qualified midwife.  While an experienced staff midwife is your primary prenatal, postpartum and birth care provider, they will be accompanied by students during appointments and at your birth. Students assist the midwives both at the birth center and at home. You will have an opportunity to meet our students during your prenatal visits and to choose whom from among them you would like to have attend your birth as an assistant to your midwife. Many of our students are seasoned doulas and they bring this skill set to your birth at no additional cost. You are welcome to decline any aspect of your care from any particular student at any time.

Who are the Primary Student Midwives?

Our students have undergone three years of rigorous experience based midwifery education under the guidance of Dr. Sarita Bennett, DO and CPM. Students serving as your primary midwife or assistant to the primary midwife do so under the supervision of an experienced and credentialed staff midwife. The student midwives entrusted with guiding your care qualify as a ‘primary midwife under supervision’ and ‘assistant to the primary midwife under supervision’ according to the standards and certification requirements established for certified professional midwives (CPM) as set by the North American Register of Midwives (NARM). Our staff midwives are qualified NARM preceptors.

Two Options For Midwifery Care

Midwife Care

You are directly under the care of an experienced, licensed midwife.

Cost: $4,000

Student Midwife Care

The student-led midwifery program includes all of the same services as Midwife-led care with the following exceptions. You are under the direct care of a student midwife under supervision. The student-led midwifery program is only offered at the birth center and does not include home birth.

Cost: $2000 (or sliding scale)

*We assist you in procuring insurance reimbursement for either program when possible

What is the difference?

Under student care, all aspects of your care will be provided by a student midwife who is supervised by a licensed and experienced midwife. All hands-on procedures and prenatal education required for your care, for example, explaining gestational diabetes and conducting the screen, vaginal exams, delivering the baby, suturing when necessary and postpartum care, to name a few, are always performed by the student midwife under the close, in-person supervision and guidance of Dr. Sarita Bennett, or another licensed midwife on staff. Winding River Birth Center does not practice routine vaginal exams. However, if there were a need, all vaginal exams are done twice, once by the student and once by the midwife, to ensure that each assessment is correct.

Two students will be on-call at all times to attend the births for the student-led midwifery care. One student will be acting as the primary midwife and the second student will be acting as the assistant. When you call with a question, complication, or to inform us that you are in labor, your call will be routed to your assigned student midwife on-call for your birth. The student midwife will then conference with Dr. Bennett or the staff midwife on-call so that the three of you can discuss next steps together.

The supervising midwife will often be teaching and explaining to the student how to perform a skill using you as a model. She will describe what to look for, what to feel for and how to recognize and correct problems. At all times during the birth primary student midwives will be supervised by a licensed midwife who will be there to teach skills and to make sure that the student’s hands are doing what they need to be doing in critical moments.