Natural Childbirth

Dr. Lara Martin is a licensed midwife as well as a naturopathic physician. She delivers babies to low risk women in an out of hospital setting, either a birth center or at the client’s home. Birth is a natural process and if women are just given the space, they can have a wonderful experience with fewer interventions or complications. The care that is included in our birth package is outlined below.

 

Prenatal Care

  • 60-minute prenatal appointments, once a month through 32 weeks, twice per month through 36 weeks, and weekly until birth
  • Regular monitoring and support of your physical health and emotional well-being
  • Lab work as appropriate; referral for ultrasound and specialized care as needed
  • Herbal and nutritional counseling
  • Ongoing education and support throughout pregnancy tailored to your individual needs

Labor and Birth Care

  • Your birth team will be on call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 36 weeks through birth
  • Option of homebirth or birth center birth
  • Individualized and compassionate care from a team of two licensed midwives from the onset of active labor through birth
  • Gentle monitoring of maternal and fetal well-being with evidence-based care recommendations throughout labor
  • Option of waterbirth
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Timely referral for advanced care as indicated
  • Immediate postpartum monitoring and support
  • Breastfeeding assistance

Postpartum Care

  • Complete in-home postpartum care for both mother and baby at 24 hours and 3 days
  • Extended postpartum care appointments for mother and baby at 1 week, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks
  • Newborn metabolic screening at 24 hours and 2 weeks
  • Assessment of your physical and emotional recovery, nutrition, activity level, rest and overall well being
  • Assessment of infant growth, breastfeeding, elimination, weight gain, and early developmental milestones
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Assistance with decision making and options for family planning