HOMEBIRTH MIDWIFERY CARE

If you have a low risk pregnancy here’s a fact that may come as a surprise to you…you have options for care.

Yep it’s true!

At Roots Midwifery we serve ALL families and our heart-centered work attracts a diverse home birthing community.

With high-level midwifery and medical training, we integrate both holistic and evidence-based medical care into our practice. We are committed to making you feel comfortable, welcomed, and listened to so you are prepared and confident at the threshold of motherhood.

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Prenatal Care:

You will be continually monitored throughout your pregnancy for any signs or symptoms that may lead to pregnancy complications which could make a home birth unadvisable. We’ll work together to establish healthy practices in nutrition, physical activity, mental well-being and access to community resources from the beginning and throughout the duration of your pregnancy.

All visits happen in the convenience of your home

Prenatal visits are scheduled:

  • Once a month until 28 weeks
  • Bi-weekly 28 weeks - 36 weeks
  • Weekly 36 weeks until birth
  • Additional visits are scheduled as needed
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Labor and Birth:

Homebirth with a midwife in attendance is dramatically different from a hospital birth in many ways.

You will have continuity of care throughout your labor, birth and postpartum period by a birth team you have built a relationship with. You have complete control over your labor and birth with shared decision making. Upon birth, your baby will stay close allowing immediate and uninterrupted bonding.

Postpartum Care:

Transitioning to parenting with a newborn can be both joyous and sometimes overwhelming for new and seasoned parents alike. My visits in the postpartum period are frequent initially during the time most demanding for new parents. During the visits, we work on caring for your newborn, breastfeeding, your physical and emotional well-being and suggestions to help adjust to your new normal.

I hold space for the mother-father/partner-baby connection as it makes the transition from the womb to the woman's arms, to the breast, and beyond. After the birth of your baby, my care extends a full 6 weeks with multiple visits to help your transition into parenthood but also identify and manage any complications or difficulties that may arise.

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Improving racial disparities:

According to the CDC and Massachusetts Health Department:

• Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths have persisted over time.
• Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.
• Black babies are more than twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday.
• One in five Black babies are born premature or too small.
• These statistics don’t improve with higher social economic or education status

These statistics place the United States the worse among all developed nations in terms of maternal mortality. A combination of institutional racism in society, weathering of the body as a result of consistent stress from racism, provider bias, and judgment, as well as black women's increased susceptibility to certain health conditions contribute to the high statistics. Most of these maternal deaths and complications are almost entirely preventable.

This is unacceptable. It is our mission to combat and reduce racial disparities in Black maternal-infant health. Our practice empathizes evidence-based and culturally centered care that has been proven to reduce these disparities. We are committed to providing you the education, support and compassionate care you deserve that is a right to all pregnant women, not only those who have access to premium care. We strive for you to have the best pregnancy, birth, postpartum outcome possible.

Understanding the need for more birth workers that reflect our community, we also mentor and educate Black birth workers to increase the numbers of providers who share the same cultural experiences as the families they serve.