YCentral Oregon is one of the country's hottest towns to move to. With all that the 541 has to offer, Bend is a pretty big deal. Last year we saw over two thousand births in Deschutes county.
With the large influx of families moving here, many find themselves looking at their options for having a baby.
Today I will talk about midwifery care and what having a baby with them looks like. I have the benefit of having experience as both a client and a professional when it comes to midwifery care.
Let me say this: Home birth with professional midwives is safe. You can read more about that here. Yes, it can be messy because birth is messy. But your house isn't going to be messy when they midwives leave. They firstly make sure you and baby are taken care of, then they get to work cleaning everything up. They will even cook you food afterwards (Which is a win). I personally loved birthing at home. Being in my own space I was at ease. I knew where everything was and I really didn't need to do much other than let my husband know I was in labor and then do my thing. I know its not for everyone, but I encourage you to look into it!
Midwifery care is the sole focus on pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Midwives can order tests and ultrasounds like a doctor would and have good relationships with the OBGYN's in the area in case they needed to consult about something or refer a client to them. They are trained to care for low risk pregnancies and births and ready for emergent situations, if it was needed. They carry pretty much all the supplies you would find in the hospital labor rooms from IV's to disposable pads. Emergency supplies are at the ready to help them control most situations. Hospital transfers are low but do happen and they are not too stubborn to suggest when more help is needed. Most transfers are due to a long labor and the mother needs a rest or epidural.
Midwifery care is a fraction of the cost of a hospital birth and most insurances cover it to some degree. All of the ladies below offer a free initial consult to see how they might serve your family best.
If you are interested in:
High involvement in your birth
Catching your own baby
I highly recommend you look into birthing with a midwife!
There is one stand alone birth center that is ran by two licensed and certified midwives at Bend Birth Center. It is a cute, renovated mid-century farm home that overlooks the canal. In the summer, the water is running and irises are in bloom everywhere. Here you have the choice between birthing at their facility or in your own home.
If you would like to birth at home, you have three more amazing options.
Legacy Midwifery consists of two seasoned professional midwives who create a great team to help you bring your baby into the world confidently and peacefully.
Mandala Midwifery is a solo practice of a professional midwife who will help you feel empowered and safe. Allegra is happy to work with your needs and has a calm and collected presence about her.
Beautiful Births is a solo professional midwife who's name says it. Kari helps you feel heard and prepared to have the birth you hope for.
St. Charles does have Nurse Midwives on staff. This is an option for women who are wanting less involvement from a doctor but still want to birth at the hospital. The midwives take a more natural based approach to labor and birth but still aim to abide by the hospital's policy. At this time, water birth is not available at the hospital.
If you are looking into your options or are maybe dissatisfied with your current provider, call any of these midwives and I know you will be in the best of hands!