Depending on what type of birth setting you selected when beginning your care, your birth will take place at your home or our center. When we arrive at your home or you arrive at the Birth Center we will assess your labor and your baby’s well being and then set up for birth. We will then help as needed or desired with your labor. We will monitor your baby’s heart rate frequently through labor with intermittent fetal monitoring done with a doppler. We will also check your vital signs every few hours. On an average, time spent with clients during labor is 6-20 hours. We have arrived at some births less than an hour before the baby was born, and at others we have spent as much as 40+ hours assisting through the labor and birth process. Birth is unique to each woman and is impossible to predict.
We do not have arbitrary rules, such as only allowing you to be in labor for a total of 24 hours or push for a total of 2 hours. Every situation has different factors and we assess each situation individually. Our biggest concern is that mom and baby are both doing well, especially if labor or pushing are taking longer than normal.
You may give birth in any position that is comfortable and safe for you and your baby. You may have anyone you desire by your side during labor, at birth, and after. Children are welcome, but must have a person designated to care for them as needed, or in the case of a need for a transfer.