"All around the world the postpartum period is considered a sacred time. In many cultures, women are not expected to carry on with their usual lives. Instead, they are revered and recognized for this new journey they have embarked upon."
- Peggy O'Mara – Having A Baby, Naturally
Now available to serve Western MA families from Winter 2017 & beyond
Providing care for families living within 1 hour from Greenfield MA
Babies and parents thrive best when receiving in-home midwifery care, in the style of many European countries. Jennifer Hydefrost, CPM is a homebirth midwife and is offering in-home clinical midwifery care as needed to support an optimal postpartum recovery for birth parents, an optimal start in life for babies, and if appropriate, breastfeeding help for an optimal establishment of the nursing relationship. Jennifer utilizes homeopathic & herbal remedies, in addition to her knowledge & empathy for the postpartum time.
Who can benefit from Holistic Postpartum Midwifery Care?
These services are available to all new families, especially those planning a hospital birth. A recommended appointment schedule would be the first or second day after you come home from the hospital, another 3-4 days later, another week later, and finally another 2-3 weeks later, depending on when you have appointments scheduled with other healthcare providers, or according to your personal needs.
Homebirth Midwives may also find these services appealing during a particularly busy time in one’s practice. In these cases, appointments can be planned around your busy schedule. Jennifer can fill in for you when you need to be in two places at once!
What is Holistic Postpartum Midwifery Care? Exactly what happens at an appointment?
Each appointment includes the following examinations:
For the Newborn
For the Birth Parent
For the Family
General well-being & appearance
General well-being: physical & emotional health (including postpartum depression & anxiety screening)
If breastfeeding, then evaluation, education & support
Vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, lungs)
Vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, blood pressure)
Bonding and family response to the baby's needs
Feeding, hydration status, and elimination
Nutrition, elimination & sleep
Addressing the concerns of the family
Skin color & evaluation of rashes
Review of herbs or medications
Referral to appropriate local resources per family’s needs
Sleep/wake patterns & behavior
Perineum and/or incision healing. Suture check if needed
Evaluation of level of support needed & assistance finding that support
Status of the umbilical cord and clamp
For families who plan to birth in the hospital, Jennifer offers a free one-hour consultation. This meeting is mainly to have questions answered & see if you would like to work together. From there, each visit is $125. This covers a two-hour in-home postpartum appointment. Payment is due at the end of each appointment. Families can make payments in the form of cash, check, or credit cards through paypal. Families will also receive daytime email and phone support between appointments as necessary.
For Midwives, please contact Jennifer directly for rates.
Jennifer A Hydefrost, CPM * firstname.lastname@example.org * (413) 570-3267