What to Expect
Susan is skilled in safe, gentle & natural childbirth
Her care addresses both the physical and emotional needs of women as they progress through pregnancy and birth. Susan offers the same comprehensive prenatal care as obstetricians and will consult and/or refer you to a back-up doctor or specialist should you present any symptoms outside of the normal range. If you wish to deliver at The Birthing Inn with Susan, you must remain low risk throughout your pregnancy.
Being Born Is Important
Being Born Is Important!
Scientific research indicates that what a mother experiences during her pregnancy directly affects how her unborn baby perceives the world. This research shows how important it is to nurture and grow the unborn in a peaceful, minimally stressed womb. Educating both mothers and her family about this science is a key element in Susan’s care. Visit the Philosophy of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology web site to learn more.
Midwives offer standard prenatal care, comparable to that traditionally provided by an OB/Gyn, except that midwives generally take more time with their clients, offering emotional support, and forming a deeper relationships. Susan practices under the Midwives Model of Care* which emphasizes the fact that pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are natural, normal functions of a woman’s mind, body and spirit. As a midwife, Susan, strives to form a nurturing, collaborative relationship with each of her clients, listening carefully and allowing decisions to be made together about each individual pregnancy, labor and birth. Based on who you are and how your body works, she will work with you to create a plan for a low-risk pregnancy through proper nutrition, supplementation and techniques to reduce daily stress.
Trusting Your Instincts
Susan seeks to nurture each woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence throughout her childbearing year. She strives to provide a supportive and safe environment for each of her client’s to make decisions about her pregnancy and birth; allowing the freedom of giving birth in the way her body knows how. Susan believes a woman’s body has an innate ability to give birth safely and naturally and her goal is to provide the support, guidance and expertise for you to have the natural birth experience you want.
Prenatal visits are scheduled for up to 45 minutes providing time for questions and discussions focusing on prevention, nutrition, psychology, medical tests, birth plans, personal/family beliefs and newborn care. It also includes an optional, non-invasive, non-diagnostic ultrasound for heartbeat detection and positioning. The longer visits allow time to develop a strong, trusting relationship with Susan and confidence in your body and natural childbirth. Please come to your visit with any questions you may have.
- Weight check
- Blood pressure
- Fetal heart tones & Fetal position
- Uterine measurement (to monitor fetal growth)
Prenatal visits schedule:
- Initial visit – getting to know each other
- Every four weeks until 32 weeks
- Every two weeks until 36 weeks
- Weekly until delivery (more often if >1 week overdue)
- Prenatal panel (initial blood work-up)
- Diagnostic ultra sound (referred out as necessary)
- Genetic screening (referred out as necessary)
- Gestational diabetes screen
- Group B Strep screening and treatment if necessary
Labor and Birth
With Susan, labor and delivery takes place at The Birthing Inn. Susan and her assistants will act as guides; supporting and assisting with the implementation of the mother’s birth plan and decisions. You are welcome to include family members to attend your birth. Feel free to move about, eat and drink, and labor in whatever ways you are most comfortable.
Susan also provides the following during labor and birth:
- Assistance in coping with labor – encouragement, reassurance, position recommendations, relaxation techniques, etc.
- Experience in recognizing early warning signs of medical conditions that occasionally arise
- Allowing women to labor on their own – no routine procedures or timetables
- Continuous caring, individualized support during the birthing process
- Water Birth
Postpartum care of mother and baby begins right after the birth of your baby. Susan is licensed to work with your baby up to 14 days after birth, but highly recommends your have and know whom your pediatrician will be before your baby is born, as she stresses the importance of having a second set of eyes on your child from the beginning.
Postpartum care includes:
- Newborn exam and advice regarding newborn care
- Breastfeeding support
- Caring attention to mother
- Optional in office visits for lactation support and/or mother support
- Six week postpartum check and optional pap smear
*The “Midwives Model of Care” is women-centered and has been proven to reduce birth injuries and medical intervention. You can read more about the Midwives Model of Care on the Citizens For Midwifery website.
Susan is a preferred provider for most insurance plans in the state of Washington including DSHS. Please contact your insurance provider for detailed information.