We believe the separation of mother and baby after delivery is unnecessary and disruptive. At no time will your baby be separated from you while at the birthing center. All necessary care, newborn exams, and tests are done while your little one is in your arms or safe beside you in the bed.
We will support you to begin breastfeeding immediately. Your privacy and bonding time alone together is respected and supported. We cannot say enough about the importance of the first two hours after birth for both the mother and baby. Baby’s immunity and mom’s recovery are intertwined in the mother-baby dance of skin-to-skin contact and the first breastfeeding. Please consider what is necessary for you (with regard to privacy) to protect this essential, sacred time.
The length of your stay in the birth center after birth varies from family to family. The average time families stay at he center after the birth is 4-6 hours. Before leaving the birth center we will teach you what to expect in the coming days and weeks and how to monitor your baby’s health. Unlike typical postpartum heath care schedules, our Midwives will continue to see you, and your baby, for the first 6 weeks postpartum. We use this time to ensure successful breastfeeding, and a healthy start together as mother and child. As with all your care, this schedule is flexible and may be adjusted according to your individual family’s needs.
We know that some of the greatest challenges come in the “4th Trimester”- the postpartum weeks and months when you are home with baby. The 6-week postpartum visit is scheduled to make sure the process of transition is normal and that you have the support you need.