Homebirth Midwifery

Home birth babies!

“Both our daughters were born at home with Tiffany & Josie! We truly appreciate their kindness, professionalism, and knowledge. Congratulations on the opening of Tree of Life.”

–Stephanie & Byron Malcom

Birth is one of the most important and powerful family experiences and we believe that birthing at home is a safe option for families who want to preserve the intimacy of welcoming a new baby, participate in a shared decision making process with their providers and experience natural childbirth that only incorporates interventions as needed.  Water birth is a safe, relaxing option–it is often referred to as “nature’s epidural”!

At Tree of Life, we provide holistic home birth midwifery care for mothers and their families during the childbearing year.  To learn more about our Certified Professional Midwives, please click on a name below:

Susi Delaney, MA, CPM

Tiffany Carter Skillings, CPM, CLC

Josie Skavdahl, ND, CPM

Personalized & professional midwifery services include:

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  • Free consultation to learn more about home birth midwifery care
  • Home birth, including Water birth
  • Comprehensive prenatal care
  • Nutrition, Lifestyle & Natural Health Counseling
  • Complete postpartum care for mother & baby for the first six weeks
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Family Planning Counseling
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Referrals to holistic health providers and community resources
  • Lending Library of books, videos, and other materialsbirth1

Our schedule of services during your pregnancy: 

Ninety minute initial visit

Hour-long prenatal visits

  • every 4 weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy
  • every 2 weeks from 30 weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy
  • every week from 36 weeks to birth

Home visit at 36 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your vision for your birth, logistics, an emergency plan and preparing your home for birth.

homebirthsetupContinuous labor support in your home once active labor is established until the birth of your baby.

Immediate postpartum care in your home until mom and baby are stable and settled, breastfeeding is initiated, a thorough newborn exam has been done, the family has had a good meal and is tucked in bed and your questions and concerns have been thoroughly answered.

Home postpartum visits for mother and baby at day 1 and day 3 postpartum.  Then there are additional postpartum visits at 1 week, 2 weeks and 6 weeks postpartum at the office. The birth certificate is filed, newborn metabolic testing, pulse oximetry screen, hearing screening are offered.

Additional phone consultations, email communication and/or visits as needed.

24 hour a day on-call availability of a midwife for urgent concerns.

What do midwives do exactly?

Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.  Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.

Midwives value communication and developing a trusting, working relationship with the women and families they serve. In the course of developing that relationship, midwives provide personalized and thorough care at many levels: preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond. Many midwives provide primary health care, gynecological care, and care of the normal newborn. Some midwives prescribe medications including family planning and contraceptive methods. In addition to being trained to conduct comprehensive physical exams and order laboratory, screening and other diagnostic tests, midwives provide extensive health care education and counseling, as well as engage in shared decision-making with their clients and patients.

Borrowed from Midwives Alliance of North America.