Full-scope Homebirth Care
Mama Lion is qualified and happy to manage your pregnancy from conception to your final postpartum visit and even onto well-woman care. This can include all your lab work, including blood draws, GBS screening, and gestational diabetes screening. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can help guide you in the beginning stages of pregnancy. Mama Lion Midwifery does not, however, own an imaging ultrasound machine so if you’re hoping for a peek at the pregnancy we suggest making an appointment with your back-up hospital.
Prenatal visits (PNV) are conducted at Nile’s shared office > The Root> at increasing interval times. In the first trimester, PNV occur about every three to four weeks. Beginning in the second trimester, around 28 weeks of pregnancy, PNV happen every other week and once you reach 36 weeks we see each other at least every week until you deliver. We will have an in-home birth team meeting around 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Mama Lion is on call for your labor and birth from 37 weeks of pregnancy through 42 weeks, your term window. Your estimated due date (EDD) is the hinge date for those five weeks when it’s safe to birth your baby at home. Set up an interview with me to chat more about what birth in your home might look like.
Postpartum (PP) care can often be the best part of full-scope homebirth care! Once you and your family are snuggled safely in bed after the birth and you’ve been fed, the house is tidied up, full assessments of mother and baby have been made, and all are happy and stable, we return to your home on the following approximate PP schedule… - Between 24 and 36 hours of baby’s life (called the “DAY ONE VISIT”) - DAY 3 postpartum - At ONE WEEK (between 5-7 days depending on need) - Around TWO WEEKS postpartum - And our final visit between 6-8 WEEKS conducted at The Root
These are the baseline visits if everything is peachy but if there is any matter that demands closer or more frequent check-ups we are with your family along the way. At each PP visit Nile and/or her assist midwife will be sure to assess both clinical benchmarks, like baby’s gaining appropriate weight, and critical emotional changes that are deeply linked with physical wellness.
In-home Postparum Care
If homebirth isn’t your path with this pregnancy and are choosing to receive care through a hospital system but would like more comprehensive follow-up postpartum (PP) care then Mama Lion Midwifery is for you! Instead of the traditional medical management of watching you and your little one closely for 24-48 hours, sending you home, having you bring your little one back a few days later for a weight check and then finishing care with the final PP visit at 6 weeks, we can come to the hospital while you’re recovering to process your birth and help you navigate getting home safely, then follow up with you in your home four more times on day 3, day 5-7, and around 4 or five weeks.
At each visit Nile will offer you the following midwifery expertise… - breastfeeding support and counseling - assessments of your baby’s overall wellness, including weight and jaundice checks - consultation about your little one’s gastrointestinal patterns and needs - recommendations for you about good self-care, including nourishing diet, rest, and bottom healing