Sacopee Valley Birthing Services

A Unique blend of Midwives providing the option of safe, natural home birth to  families in Southern  Maine and Eastern New Hampshire for 19 years

 
 

Our Philosophy

We deeply believe in a woman’s ability to birth naturally.  The body is designed with reproduction in mind and there is little flaw in its design.  Birth is an experience like none other and it has an ability to be one of the most powerful and transformational. 

We believe that when families chose home birth it is a very conscious choice and that they ought to be honored with the possibility of that choice. We wish to provide that service to families. We provide the women in southern Maine and eastern New Hampshire with the choice of home birth, and water birth whether they live in a tipi or yurt, apartment or house, rural or city-dweller. 

We believe that gentle birth is a normal process that rarely needs the interference of modern technology. With education, good prenatal care and a healthy positive outlook, home birth is a safe alternative to hospital birth.  We encourage women to assume responsibility for their own health and make informed decisions. Not only does this empower a woman in birth but thru life itself. 



Care we provide

Midwives provide hands on care, allowing birth to take its course and help you birth naturally, safely and confidently.  Home birth is a wonderful choice for healthy low risk women who want to experience birthing their baby in a place where they feel free, safe and private. Choosing midwifery care leads to less medical interventions such as inductions, c-sections, episiotomies, vacuum suction, and forceps. Our main goal is a safe birth for both you and your baby. We consult with or refer to other health care providers when appropriate. We look forward to a rich and rewarding experience sharing this time with you.

You will be able to meet all of us during the course of your pregnancy. Our visits last about an hour so you will be able to get to know us well.  We will answer questions you may have between visits promptly by email or phone and are available for emergencies. We visit with you during the prenatal period every month until 28 weeks then every two weeks till 37 weeks then every week till you birth your baby.  At least two midwives attend you at your birth.  

We come to see your family one and/or three days after your birth and at 7 to 10 days postpartum. The Newborn Metabolic Screening is offered on day two or three postpartum.  A birth certificate will be filed with the state.

We schedule a visit between two and four weeks and again at six to eight weeks after your birth. We check in on your babe's growth, breastfeeding,and your healing.  We also discuss nutrition and birth control and offer well-women care.  We like to see clients as early as possible in their pregnancy so that we can get to know each other well and have plenty of time to discuss all the choices you and your partner make. We consult with or refer to other health care providers when appropriate. Jodie is able to offer full scope women’s health care including birth control management.  Continuity of care is as important to us as it is to your family and one of us are available to answer your calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Resources and Statistics

Links relative to home birth in the US and Canada are available here at this link.

When choosing a midwife to attend your birth, you should read their Informed Choice carefully. Please interview all the available midwives and consider all the birth choices in your area to find the provider that will meet your needs and expectations. References are available upon request. You can also visit our Facebook page to chat with the hundreds of  families that have used our services.

Fees

In order for folks to see if home birth is the right choice for them, we offer a free consult. We have a low income discounted fee schedule which includes all prenatal care, labor and birth and postpartum visits.  Some insurance companies will reimburse you for our fees.   Outside lab work, birth control management, ultrasounds, herbal and homeopathic remedies, vitamins, physician consults and birth supplies (which can be ordered thru www.everythingbirth.com for approx 50.00) are not included.   We believe every family should be able to have a home birth if that is in their hearts. We will be creative with payment arrangements if discussed early in your pregnancy. For folks in need of more help we accept Maine Time dollars  http://www.hourexchangeportland.org/ as payment. Please check out their website for more info.

 

         Sacopee Valley Birthing Services

          sacopeemidwives@gmail.com

(207)329-2111                 Fax (207) 591-4767