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Have I ever told you how much I love my job?
 

How I See Birth

Birth is one of the most important events in your, your baby's and your partner's lives. It is a defining moment. To me, the ideal labor starts when the baby decides that it is ready to be born. Mom labors however she wants to and is most comfortable. The people around her are people that she knows and loves, people that she invited to be there. She eats and drinks what she wants, when she can. She lets her body push in whatever position is most comfortable and most productive. No one is poking her, prodding her to birth the baby faster. If anything, I remind her to slow down, to lessen the chances of her tearing. Her baby enters the world however it chooses, either boisterously or quietly.  The new mom lifts her baby to her and they rest.

If anything needs to be done by me, I do it at mom's side or on her belly.  Most things can and will wait until they have had their precious first minutes together. 

 

What I Believe About Birth

I believe that home is the best and safest place to give birth unless there is a true medical reason why it should occur at a hospital. For example, a breech birth can usually proceed at home without medical intervention; however a cord prolapse or heavy bleeding would be reasons to consider transferring to the hospital. I believe that those true reasons very rarely occur.

I believe that every labor should start without provocation. We do not know when the baby will be ready to be born. We do not know if this baby needs a little more time to gestate. Too often we see women and medical providers rushing to use artificial methods to start or speed up a birth. These can have long lasting effects on the baby and possibly the mother. These can also lead to complications, which can necessitate a transfer to the hospital.

If there are danger signs that the labor should continue at the hospital, then it should be moved there. If a labor or birth gets to a point where the mother or baby require oxygen or another drug, then that birth should be transferred to a hospital. Oxygen and other pharmaceuticals have no place at home births. 

 

Welcome to the Mother's Embrace Association!

This is a private education and health care membership association under the First, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. I created this Association to protect the legal rights of its members. Your healthcare is your choice. 

My mission for our members is "Care, education and support for the family during the childbearing year." How can I help you?

Member benefits:

  • Personalized and private childbirth education about a wide range of topics, including some topics that aren't usually included in childbirth education. Some of these classes could include other family members as well.
  • Support for women in their choices during pregnancy, birth and postpartum; including their choice of a birth attendant or the choice to not have one. Supplies for members' holistic prenatal care.
  • A trained birth attendant to support and guide the woman and her family in a home birth.
  • In home Newborn Screening or help with Ohio's home birth certificate paperwork.
  • Lending library of books, DVDs and other information and supplies for an amount of time agreed upon.
  • Postpartum doula support.
  • Emotional release with essential oils.
  • Private group events, classes, or seminars that will also support physiologic pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Please see the Services page, for more thorough descriptions and any fees that apply.