Homebirth Midwifery

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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
Josie Skavdahl, ND, CPM
Tiffany Carter Skillings, CPM, IBCLC

Personalized & professional midwifery services include:

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Call us at 207-846-4900 to schedule a no-cost consultation to learn more about home birth midwifery care

  • Home birth, including water birth
  • Comprehensive prenatal care
  • Nutrition, lifestyle & holistic health support
  • Complete postpartum care for mother & baby for the first six weeks
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Family planning and fertility awareness education
  • Preconception/Interconception counseling
  • Referrals to other holistic health providers and community resources
  • Lending library of books, videos, and other materialsbirth1

Our schedule of services during your pregnancy: 

90 minute initial prenatal visit

60 minute routine 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

At 36 weeks of pregnancy, we schedule your prenatal visit in your home to discuss your vision for your birth, planning logistics, and to develop an emergency care plan.

homebirthsetupOur midwives provide continuous labor support in your home once active labor is established until the birth of your baby.  After your baby is born, our midwives continue to monitor during the immediate postpartum period 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.

The midwives return to your home to evaluate mother and baby at day 1 and day 3 postpartum.  Additional postpartum visits are scheduled 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.

For urgent concerns that cannot wait until the next business day, a midwife is available by pager 24 hours per day.

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.