7 Birds Midwifery

Midwifery and Lactation support in Southeastern Wisconsin

Pre Pregnancy
Peace on Earth begins WAY before birth!  We don't always have the ability to address health and emotional issues prior to becoming pregnant.  However, studies have shown that the environment, emotional state, and the physical wellbeing of the mother and father can dictate which genes will be "turned on" or "turned off" in their baby!  Make healthful changes to your diet, take your prenatal vitamins and vitamin D and include organic as much as possible; begin healthy stress reducing habits like meditation, prayer, or yoga; and consider taking a critical look at your emotional baggage, especially as it relates to parenting.  
Pregnancy
My practice adheres to the Midwifery Model of Care.  

The Midwives Model of Care™ is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary obstetrics. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. While there are different types of midwives practicing in various settings, all midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide labor and birth, address complications, and care for newborns. The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • minimizing technological interventions and
  • identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.

The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. 

(Midwives Model of Care definition is Copyrighted © by the Midwifery Task Force, all rights reserved)

Labor
Women labor more efficiently and need less interventions when they feel safe, cared for and respected.  It's important that you be in the environment that adheres to this.  In the state of Wisconsin, Certified Professional Midwives are licensed health care providers that can care for low-risk pregnancies and labors in an out-of-hospital setting.  During labor you are encouraged to move, eat, drink and sleep as needed or wanted.  We encourage labor to unfold naturally, in the way your unique body and baby need to proceed.  We show reverance to this life changing event in your family, all the while protecting your experiece as we know that you will forever remember your child's birth.  Your experience can forever shape the way you view yourself, your child, your family, body, even your view on the world.  This is meant to be a metamorphosis, you are becoming a Mother.  That is not an experience to be handled with a "we'll see what happens attitude".  Plan, educate yourself, set the team in place that will honor this transformation and than have faith that your body knows how to birth this baby.  
Post Pregnancy
This a tender time for both you and baby.  You and baby are hormonally primed to "imprint" and fall in love.  This means that the most important place for your baby to be is skin to skin with you on your chest and hearing your voice and heartbeat.  I feel it's very important to allow the baby to find her way to the breast and latch naturally, following her instincts and only encourage mom to provide gentle, minimal assitance if absolutely needed.  This is a pivotal time in the bonding process and also, in the experience of becoming a Mother.  There are many monumental shifts happening mentally and physically.  It's important that mothers are cared for and encouraged to just focus on her rest and healing, and to care for her newborn.  As a midwife, we provide care to the mother and newborn for the first 6 weeks, but also encourage the baby to be seen as well by a pediatrician during this time.