Pregnancy & Birth Services
The months preceding conception are important and allow a woman to prepare herself physically and emotionally for a healthy pregnancy. This is a great time to get to know the midwives at Beach Cities Midwifery and Women’s Health Care. We can assist you by making sure you are at your best prior to becoming pregnant. Evidence shows that taking a folic acid supplement in the months preceding pregnancy prevents certain birth defects such as Spina Bifida. Achieving your ideal healthy weight and establishing an exercise program will also get you off to a great start. The midwives at Beach Cities Midwifery encourage you to come meet with them in order to get personalized and supportive pre-conception counseling.
It is no secret that a woman’s childbearing years are some of the most important times in her life! Your initial prenatal visit with us will last approximately one hour. During that visit, we will discuss how to achieve a healthy pregnancy, highlighting issues of lifestyle, diet, exercise, and education. We will thoroughly review your health history and go over what you should expect from us in regards to your prenatal care. Laboratory tests will be recommended based on your individual needs. The midwives will recommend and offer all of the same laboratory and diagnostic tests, like ultrasounds, as any other type of provider that cares for pregnant women. One difference you will notice is that our midwives will take the time to discuss with you what we recommend and why, instead of just sending you to the lab uninformed. It is also important for us to point out that we can draw the majority of the necessary lab tests in our office, preventing you from having to go out and wait at a lab. We work with a board certified obstetrician should there be any concerns that develop during your pregnancy or during your birth. In addition we collaborate with the Magella Medical Group where we coordinate any specialized ultrasounds that may be needed.
Your visits will be every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until you are 36 weeks, then every week until you have your baby. You will have the opportunity to meet with each of the midwives during your prenatal care.
These visits allow us to get to know one another and develop a close working relationship. These visits last approximately 30 minutes and allow ample opportunity to discuss important topics related to your growing pregnancy and developing parenthood. The focus of these visits is to continue to optimize your health, gain knowledge about the fetus growing within you, and formulate a birth plan that reflects your personal choices, desires, and needs. We encourage active participation as we help you to prepare for your baby’s birth.
Beach Cities Midwifery and Women’s Health Care in connection with the Beach Side Birth Center offers a facility, a warm and caring atmosphere, a highly skilled staff and a peaceful family centered environment. Everything is designed with you and your family’s comfort in mind so you can complete your labor, birth and initial transition process according to your birth plan. You and your family can be confident the best possible care is available at your side for your entire labor and birth. Welcome to motherhood!
A nurse-midwife and birth assistant will be with you during active labor and birth. We will assist you and your birth partner working with your birth plan, encouraging you through comfort, massage, positioning, and variety of other techniques. The ‘equipment’ that is routine at the birth center includes birth balls, deep immersion tub for labor and birth, squat stools, a rocking chair, and audio support for the music of your choice. We will remain with you during the early postpartum period to ensure that breastfeeding is established and that your recovery is progressing normally.
The early days at home with a newborn baby can be the most challenging in a young family’s life. The midwives will maintain close contact with you during this time. We remain available to you for any questions you have, to assist you with breastfeeding, and support you during this joyful, yet demanding life transition time. Lactation support is available at the office and by phone as you may need. Postpartum visits will be scheduled for 2 weeks and 6 weeks following your birth.
We welcome women of all ages to our practice for their well woman gynecological care. Annual examinations are recommended to assist women in maintaining optimum health. Once again, adequate time is provided to discuss health concerns and answer individual questions. During these visits, we will also thoroughly review your health history and perform a physical examination. Pap smears and other laboratory tests are performed as indicated. We can assist you in obtaining other related health care services such as mammograms, bone density testing, and specific laboratory tests such as cholesterol analysis.
Personalized and confidential family planning services are available. We will assist you in selecting a birth control method that is safe, effective, and best tailored to your specific lifestyle. For adolescent or uninsured women, we offer special, confidential family planning services at no cost to the woman.
Many women today experience anxiety during the years that immediately precede menopause. Confused, afraid, and uncertain of how menopause will affect your life, it is important for a woman to establish a trusted relationship with a health care provider who can assist her in making decisions during this important life transition. We will assist you in evaluating your symptoms, health risks, and address the benefits of certain treatment options. An emphasis will be placed on lifestyle issues that can make this time in your life easier to manage. As a woman continues to age, the midwives are available to provide continued well woman health care and support..