Prenatal visits occur once a month through 30 weeks gestation, every two weeks through 36 weeks gestation, and every week after that until the baby is born. At least one of the visits in the last month is a home visit. The majority of the prenatal visits are spent talking, answering questions, discussing the mom’s emotional state, making choices about care within the informed choice model, or making suggestions regarding nutrition and holistic health in pregnancy.
Prenatal visits are scheduled for one full hour. During the prenatal appointments, we also check the mother’s blood pressure and urine, listen to the baby’s heartbeat, and measure the size of the growing belly. If the mother chooses to have an ultrasound, they can be arranged at a private doctor’s office or radiology center, after which we would review the results together. At any point during the pregnancy, birth or postpartum period, consultations can be arranged with specialists that we work with in the community, for concerns outside the normal scope of midwifery care.
During the last months of the pregnancy, Christy also spends some time during each appointment doing Arvigo Technique Mayan Abdominal massage on the mom’s abdomen/uterus and lower back/sacrum. We believe that All of this hands-on, in-depth care is very important to help build a strong, trusting relationship between the client, her family and the midwife. This women-centered holistic approach is one of the cornerstones to midwifery care.