Hope is here for you and your birth story. The childbirth team at the birth of your baby is the same team that you got to know in your prenatal care. Our job is to support you in your individualized plan. You, your baby, and your family deserve respectful care. We bring loving hearts and hands along with our equipment.
We start care with a free consult to learn if we are the correct fit for your birth story. Click on the schedule button and choose Free Consult- Homebirth.
We start off prenatal care with a one-hour visit to review your health history and get to know you and your health goals and how you desire to create a birth plan.
We utilize group care for prenatal visits because research shows that group care gives better outcomes, that’s a win for everyone! At each appointment you will have a private time for listening to your baby’s heart tones, measuring, and addressing any private concerns. The group part of care is for education and counsel regarding common discomforts, nutrition, and other important pregnancy and baby related topics. You will be placed in a cohort with moms due in your same birth month. Because we are limiting the number of births we attend to four per month, this is a small group setting that also acts a friendly support community for you.
For your 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 + week prenatal visits, we offer the option to meet you in your home to make it easier for you, learn to know the route to your home, and assess the birth setting so that when we come to your birth we are prepared, quick, and ready for the blessed event.
Labor and Birth
Learning about proven coping mechanisms for pain management without medication is something we cover in prenatal care so that you are mentally and physically prepared. Exploring techniques and creating a personal strategy so that they are familiar and most effective for you is one of the benefits of personalized prenatal care.
Laboring in the birth tub is highly effective in pain management and something we encourage moms to utilize. We also provide a birthing pool if you don’t have access to a deep tub.
Listening to relaxing music, aromatherapy, and movement are also helpful strategies that we encourage and help facilitate. While pain medications are something we don’t use during labor we will have a local anesthetic to use in the case we need to do a vaginal repair.
We encourage women to imagine, dream, research, and learn how others have birthed throughout the centuries. Create your ideal birth plan in the setting of your choice and we will meet you where you are to give you support, respect, and care to allow it all to occur within the range of normal.
Our standards of care during labor and birth include: close communication with you as your time for birth nears, availability in early labor, coming to you when you are ready for us, assessing labor with respect for the setting and atmosphere you have created, informed consent for any procedures, minimal interventions, minimal vaginal exams, spontaneous delivery of the placenta, waiting to cut the cord after delivery of the placenta or after it is done pulsating, and being ready and willing to adapt to whatever the birth presents while meeting your needs and desires.
Immediate postpartum care is 4-6 hours. After a first quick assessment of baby and mom we retreat to allow baby, mom, and dad to bond. The first hour after birth is referred to as the Golden Hour for baby and parents. Our goal is to protect that precious time be keeping baby skin to skin the entire time, allowing the quiet and alert state of baby to guide early breastfeeding and eye contact with mom and dad. Then we can do the business of a more thorough neurological and physical exam, any newborn procedures you request (such as Vitamin K), a hot meal, cleaning and tidying of the birth setting, and education and instructions for care of the newborn and mother for her support people.
We will only depart when mom and baby’s vital signs have been stable for an extended time and the parents are comfortable with us leaving. We will return the for the first postpartum visit the following day.
We provide newborn care to 28 days. This involves the immediate newborn exam after birth and at every postpartum visit to the 4-week visit. We provide the CCHD screening which checks for heart defects and the newborn metabolic screening which is required by the state. Newborn care is discussed more in depth on this page.
We follow the research evidence for optimal care for the postpartum time as well. We will check on you and your baby in your home 24 hours after birth, 3-5 days after birth, 7 days after birth, 2 weeks after birth, 4 weeks after birth, 6 weeks after birth. These visits will also include lactation support. Of course, if you prefer to come for any of those appointments at Deep Roots you are welcome to!
We also offer 3, 6, and 9 month postpartum visits because, again, the evidence shows that postpartum care and lactation support throughout the year after birth improves outcomes for baby and mom.
Visit our Payment page for more info. If this is a financial burden for you, please look at how we aim to help homebirth remain and option for your birth.