Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers.
We help make strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner-strenth. As experts in normal pregnancy and birth, midwives monitor the physical well being of you and your baby. We also address important psychological and emotional facets of this life-changing journey. The care you receive during your pregnancy and in the weeks following your birth is tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of you and your family.
Each one of our appointments is an hour-long, personalized session with our midwives. You can expect to see us:
• Once per month through your 28th week of pregnancy.
• Every 2 weeks from 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
• Weekly visits from 36 weeks until the birth of your baby.
• At your home between 24-48 hours after your birth.
• Back in our office for visits at 7 days, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks postpartum.
During each visit, we provide any necessary lab work, including blood draws, cultures and pap smears. Our postpartum visits include screenings for postpartum depression, newborn exams, weight checks, and extensive lactation support.
Statistically the safest place for a low-risk woman to give birth in an out of hospital setting with a trained and licensed midwife. Midwives are licensed healthcare providers by the state of Arizona and during a natural birth, midwives perform clinical and medical tasks such as monitoring the baby’s heart rate, doing vaginal examinations, and assessing mother’s vital signs.
In the comfort of your home you’ll experience labor, delivery and compassionate postpartum care. Home birth is a great option that brings families together, while also bringing your newborn into the world where they will first call home. There is nothing more special than beginning to create memories with your child in your home.
Water birth is referred to by most midwives as the “gentlest of gentle births.” Embraced by warm, gravity-defying water, often in a tub customized for the safe and comfortable delivery of your baby, mothers who choose water birth report a reduction in pain, lessening of anxiety, and a marked increase in relaxation.
Home birth parents may choose to rent or buy a temporary “birthing pool.” We will assist you in selecting the right tub for your natural birth needs.
BREASTFEEDING + LACTATION
Breastfeeding has significant nutritional, physical and emotional benefits for mom and baby.
Breastfeeding is proven to reduce the number of ear infections, improve immune function, reduce the risk of obesity, asthma, and cancer. The emotional bonds and benefits cannot be understated. Moms who nurse report fewer incidences of postpartum depression, better bonding with their baby, and the confidence and convenience that comes with knowing that you possess everything your baby needs to thrive.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and other well-respected health organizations all agree that breast milk is the best food for babies during the important first year of life. However, it is very common for mothers to have many questions concerning lactation and breastfeeding. That’s why it’s so important to find lactation consultants they can trust.
Lactation support for your home birth or experience with Making Mommies will include:
•Monthly breastfeeding class
•Breastfeeding assistance from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant immediately after birth to ensure that mom and baby are off to the right start.
•Breastfeeding consultations and weight checks at each post-partum visit to be certain that you and your baby continue to nurse successfully.
•Phone support regarding breastfeeding and nutrition throughout your baby’s first year of life.
A lactation consultant or other support might be covered by your insurance.We work with The Lactation Network (TLN) to help you get the support you need.
WELL WOMEN CARE
Caring for women is our passion.
Making Mommies' comfortable environment is a welcome alternative to a doctor’s office for annual exams, pap smears, clinical breast exams and more. With an emphasis on nutrition, preventative medicine, fitness and early detection, our well-woman visits are personalized to your needs. Preconception counseling, birth control options and testing for sexually transmitted infections are included.
Here are a few ways our licensed midwives are here for you:
•Annual pap smears
•Non-hormonal birth control options
•Confidential HIV & STD testing