The Journey | Midwifery & Doula Care | Embrace Birth Center | Richmond
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The Journey

Can Your Imagine Care with Us?

Your Journey

Midwifery, at its core, is being fully present, listening deeply, laughing joyously, and holding sacred a space for women in their journey to motherhood. Our baby birth center provides support by offering the assistance of a certified midwife and doula to help expectant mothers prepare and navigate their pregnancy.

Enjoyable, personal appointments with a midwife who listens deeply to your questions, concerns, and joys?

Laboring and birthing in a deep birth pool filled with warm, soothing water?

Being informed of all your options, and having your choices honored?

Having your midwife visit you and your new baby in your own home at 24-48 hours after the birth?

Eating and drinking as you desire in lab?

Welcoming your baby skin to skin, and breastfeeding as soon as you and your new baby are ready?

A full 6 weeks of postpartum care and support?

Having emotional and physical support during labor by midwives and doulas you know and trust?

Snuggling into a queen-sized bed with your newborn and partner after the birth?

Preconception Counseling

Research shows that the health and wellbeing of a mother prior to conception has a direct effect on the health of a child after the birth. Preconception care allows us the necessary time to address and change any issues, reducing the risk to both mothers and their babies. Taking the time to meet certified licensed midwives prior to conception is a great way to start to the journey

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A preconception counseling session allows us time to:

 

  • Perform a physical assessment and to discuss any recommended lab testing, such as progesterone, folic acid, Vit D, test for anemia.
  • Obtain a Pap smear, if indicated
  • Assess your personal health by reviewing your pregnancy history, medical history, use of medications, genetic and family history and nutritional assessment with a personal diet review
  • Discuss ways to become healthier – review of healthy weight, healthy diet, stress relief, environmental factors, exercise & fitness, fertility awareness
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Book a Tour

Every Tuesday at 1 pm and Saturday at 10 am we offer the opportunity to tour the birth center, meet one of our midwives, and find out if we are the right fit for your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care (can there be a contact button there to RSVP?)

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Midwifery Model of Care

At Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, we are passionate about educating, encouraging and empowering parents. Our global care fee includes prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum care and newborn assessment and care (up to 6 weeks of life for newborns).

INCLUDED IN SERVICE FEES

The services included in your fees are:​

 

  • Certified Midwife, RN birth assistant and doula intern, if desired
  • Regular reviews of your food choices and supplements, with simple advice to adjust your diet and maximize your nutrition
  • Full prenatal care, including once monthly visits until 28 weeks, then twice weekly until 36 weeks and then weekly until birth. Visits will be done at our Birth Center, in one of our comfortable and friendly exam rooms.
  • ​Labor and birth in one of our beautiful new birth suites
  • Newborn exam on the bed next to you a few hours after the natural birth, and well newborn care for the first 6 weeks of life, as well as breastfeeding support.
  • Suturing, if needed, for 1st and 2nd degree tears
  • 24 hour availability of a certified midwife for labor, birth or emergency situations
  • After the birth, care is still important. First postpartum visit at 24-72 hours will be done in your home, and includes your baby’s Newborn Metabolic Screening.  Additional office visits at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks and a final postpartum check up at 6-8 weeks after birth.
  • E-mail and phone communication, as needed
  • We’ll complete FMLA or other employment forms necessary for maternity leave
  • Heel stick for the Newborn Metabolic Screening, as required per state guidelines
  • Newborn Vitamin K injection and eye medication prophylaxis, if you chose
  • Ordering of the standard prenatal lab tests, and any needed or desired ultrasounds (We never require an ultrasound unless there is a medical concern)
  • In the case of an Rh-negative mother, cord blood lab work to determine the baby’s blood type is included.
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Doula Meet and Mingle

Between 28 weeks and birth, we will make sure you have the opportunity to come to at least one, and preferably 2, Meet and Mingles. With refreshments and laughter, you get to Speed Date until you find a Doula you love.

 

Our doulas and postpartum doulas are trained professionals who provide continuous physical & emotional support before, during and after childbirth. Whether you want lots of massage, or words of affirmation and relaxation, or quiet support, we have a doula that will be the right choice for you.

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Labor and Birth

Our licensed, certified midwives are on call every hour of every day, every day of the year. When you call, we’re ready. Your doula will come offer support you as soon as you need and we will all stay in contact until active labor starts. It’s your Baby’s Birthday, and we are all excited for you! You will soon either be on your way to the birth center, or we will be on our way to you!

After the Baby

Normally, you’ll be heading home, or we’ll be heading out of your home, 2-6 hours after the birth. But don’t worry! We are still just a phone call away, and your licensed, certified midwife will be coming to visit you and your new baby at 24-48 hrs. As a primary provider for you and your baby, we’ll be seeing you at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, and 6-8 weeks. We’ll make sure you and your baby are thriving! We also have postpartum doulas, IBCLS’s and new family circles in case you need a little extra help

Well Woman Care

Whether or not you birth with us, we want to be your well woman care home! Our Certified Nurse Midwife offers holistic well woman exams, birth control options and hormonal counseling and more.

 

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