Below are some of the things we believe constitute good prenatal care and overall maternity care. Make sure to ask your care provider about them!
- Prenatal visits are long enough to allow enough time to ask questions, understand care options, and share concerns. Midwives generally allot one hour per visit.
- Your provider takes the time to explain options in prenatal care, labor, and birth.
- Your provider includes your partner, other children, and other family members if you desire (see photo above!)
- The use of technology is reserved for only when the benefits outweigh the risks.
- Your provider values normal birth and understands that healthy women can give birth without interference, most of the time.
- Your care provider follows you from prenatal care to the actual birth to postpartum. Ask your doctor or midwife how likely it is they will attend your labor and birth.
Photo of pregnant woman & family by permission ` Cropped Header Photo by Ann Fortina