Home birth has been proven to be a safe option for women who are healthy, receiving quality prenatal care, and don’t have any medical conditions that would put them or their baby at risk. Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time.
Napa Valley Midwives bring a gentle approach that will nurture and empower you as well as the medical expertise needed to identify risk factors and manage complications, should they arise during your labor or birth. Your health and safety are always our number one concern. We closely monitor both mother and baby throughout labor to ensure that everyone is in optimal health. Bee Lauher & Heather Hilton are highly skilled midwives that have countless hours of medical training. Everything needed for the safe delivery of your baby will be brought to your home. Oxygen, Hemorrhage Medication (Pitocin, Methergine & Misoprostil, the same medications used in hospital settings), IV fluids and Neonatal Resuscitation equipment. All of our midwives are trained in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and Birth Emergency Skills.
"The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal has found that home birth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals."
Continuity of Care
Working with a home birth practice is drastically different then working with a large OB practice or hospital. Here, you will see the same one or two midwives through out you pregnancy. You will have an established relationship with the women that will help you through the challenges of labor and birth. You will always have someone to answer your questions or address your concerns. Your midwives will know your desires and wishes regarding your birth!
Safe & Comfortable Environment
Studies have show that being relaxed and at ease greatly reduce pain and anxiety. Being in the comfort of your own home allows you to feel safe, stress free, and uninhibited throughout your labor and birth. You can create the type of space and environment you need to feel free. This might include creating an altar, your own music, candles, low lighting and having who you need or want to be present at your birth.
Reduction in Routine Interventions
Many hospital interventions are unnecessary and increase your risk for more intervention! Epidurals, pitocin, episiotomies, immediate cord clamping, IV fluids, and cesarean sections all have their place when necessary. But for 90% of low risk women they are not needed and only increase your risk for further complications.