A prenatal visit with us lasts an hour or more, with a hospital based midwife lasts 20 to 40 minutes, and with an obstetrician lasts 6 minutes. During our visits the clinical part takes about 6 to 10 minutes and helps us ensure that things are progressing normally and there are no signs of complications. The rest of it takes time and a commitment to excellent care for growing families. We believe in building a deep, trusting relationship with our clients. We want to know how best to serve you. We want you to feel safe in our care when you are most vulnerable. Prenatal visits should help prepare you for one of the most intimate and powerful events of your life.
Parenthood takes us beyond what we already know. With each pregnancy we descend into the unknown and reemerge – reborn as new parents. This rite of passage deserves our time and attention. We provide ample opportunities for you to process your hopes, fears, dreams and plans as you approach parenthood – for the first time or the fifth time. We are good listeners. We believe that excellent prenatal care addresses the needs of partners, children and extended family members.
Nutritional and Lifestyle Guidance
Prenatal care is really what you do for yourself between visits, but we don’t expect you to figure it all out on your own. We give you the tools you need for optimal self-care during your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Many of the common discomforts, complaints and complications of pregnancy can be avoided or alleviated with proper nutrition, supplements, herbs, homeopathy, improved body mechanics, bodywork, or exercise. We also make appropriate referrals to other health care providers when indicated.