We are a full-scope midwifery practice providing licensed home birth, holistic well-woman care, doula services, and childbirth education. Please select a service below to find out more information!
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Why is midwifery important?
“It is the midwife, not the physician, who has attended birth for most of human existence… The six countries with the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world all make generous use of midwives, who attend 70% of all births. In the United States, where midwives assist only 5 percent of births due to political constraints, perinatal mortality is alarmingly high: we rank number 24 worldwide.” (Elizabeth Davis, Heart & Hands, 1997.)
Woman-Centered Prenatal Care
Quality prenatal care starting between weeks six to ten helps prevent pregnancy complications, and enables women to fully benefit from the care a midwife provides. It also helps women to stay healthy and low risk. Low risk women have more choices available to them in childbirth.
The midwife and the pregnant woman work together as a team during pregnancy to prepare her body and spirit for the work of childbirth. The midwife teaches proper pregnancy nutrition and exercises, emphasizing that these are the foundation of a healthy pregnancy and lead to a smoother labor and delivery. The woman takes responsibility for her pregnancy by following the diet, exercising daily, and practicing relaxation daily.
We offer the standard evidence-based lab tests throughout pregnancy, to ensure that women are low-risk. Ultrasounds are not routine, but may be ordered to rule out any potential conditions, or by patient request. We collaborate with doctors when necessary and we have good relationships with some great doctors around the Chicago area.
Some people think medical insurance won’t pay for home birth, but actually it usually does. Because we are licensed, we are allowed to bill to all insurance plans. If you have no insurance at all or you don’t have maternity coverage, then you can choose our self-pay rate which is considerably less costly.
The cost can vary a lot depending on your insurance situation. If you would like to learn more about how your insurance plan will cover your home birth, please contact us to schedule a free consult.
Natural Childbirth Education
We partner with Joyful Journey Doula Services and Childbirth Education to provide childbirth education. Healthy Pregnancy class, four-week series, and refreshers are available. Select the Childbirth Classes link above to read more information.
Family-Focused Home Birth
We provide natural childbirth delivery in your home. Recent studies have found that home birth is safe for low risk women.1-6 Women state many practical and personal reasons for choosing home birth.7-12 We support this decision and help them reach that goal by helping them stay healthy and low risk. We respect and honor the family’s preferences for their birth including water birth, sibling participation, delayed cord cutting, and more.
Labor support is included in the birth fee, and is provided by the midwife and her assistant. All midwives and assistants have extensive experience in doula support.
Childbirth the Way Nature Intended is not just for pregnant women! We also provide annual exams, routine gynecology, family planning, health screening, and infertility treatments with in-home IUI (intrauterine insemination).
Family planning services include non-hormonal birth control, instruction in Natural Family Planning, and diaphragm fitting.
We provide monitrice doula services for couples delivering at most hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area and southeast Wisconsin. Our doulas are all licensed nurses, licensed certified nurse-midwives (CNMs), certified professional midwives (CPMs), or experienced home birth assistants. We also work together to provide back-up for each other.
Because our company is run by a licensed CNM, we are able to bill to insurance. We use a professional billing service to submit claims and we have been successful at getting partial or even full reimbursement for our doula service.
Why choose a doula?
A doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to both mother and father, during pregnancy and childbirth. The doula provides continuity of care from home to hospital, and stays by the mother’s side throughout her labor. She serves as an advocate, offering support, encouragement, and suggestions to both the mother and her partner.
Studies have shown many positive benefits of doulas (the numbers refer to studies listed on the References page):
- Reduced rates of interventions: c-section,13-19 epidurals and narcotics,13-16,19,20 pitocin, 13,14,16,18,19 forceps,13,14,16,17 and vacuum extraction.16
- Reduced duration of labor13-18 and reduced anxiety.16
- Reduced incidence of complications: maternal fever and infection,14 maternal bleeding following birth,17 hospitalizations of baby.14,15
- Increased chances of successful breastfeeding16,21,22 and reduced incidence of post-partum depression.16,22
When you hire a doula for labor support, you receive all of the following:
1. Prenatal Visits and Support
Two prenatal visits for birth planning. We can help you stay comfortable, healthy, and low-risk, with pregnancy exercises and nutrition. We discuss the choices available in birth and what your desires are. We also discuss what kind of support you wish the doula to provide. We practice labor positions and relaxation.
The doula is available to you 24 hours a day for questions and concerns. Additional prenatal visits may be scheduled if you wish.
2. Labor Support
- Continuous support throughout your labor, beginning as soon as you feel you need assistance.
- Guidance in relaxation during contractions, helping you to allow nature to move your baby through the stages of labor.
- Massage, acupressure, positioning, and other non-medical pain relief techniques.
- Visual imagery, guided imagery, positive encouragement, and other verbal relaxation techniques.
- Monitrice services while at your home.
- Help making the transition to your birth place as smooth as possible.
- Non-medical advice and explanations of medical procedures.
- Up to two hours postpartum support, for help with recovery and breastfeeding.
3. Postpartum Visit and Continuing Support
One postpartum visit at your home to discuss the birth and provide breastfeeding help. At any time after the birth, the doula may be called for questions and resource referrals.
Birth Baby Naturally
Barb Lindgren of Birth Baby Naturally Childbirth Classes and Doula Services offers a comprehensive 8-week childbirth class for first time parents and for anyone who desires to have an unmedicated childbirth. Barb has an extensive background teaching natural childbirth classes for 22 years which included Bradley Method, HypnoBirthing and Brio Birth classes. Included are topics such as staying healthy and low risk through nutrition and pregnancy exercise, getting familiar with labor positions and learning comfort measures, how your body works in labor and birth and how your partner can help, postpartum and breastfeeding, discussing variations in labor, birth planning and much more. Please contact Barb at 847-566-6511, email: firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information please check her website at www.birthbabynaturally.com.
Joyful Journey Doula Services and Childbirth Education
Shannon McKenzie of Joyful Journey Doula Services and Childbirth Education offers classes in childbirth, healthy pregnancy, baby wearing, and cloth diapering. Her 4-week childbirth series is perfect for couples who are planning a home birth or a natural birth, after a previous medicated birth in the hospital. Please contact her at (847) 571-0973 or visit her website at www.joyfuljourneydoula.com.
Healthy Pregnancy Class
Learn proper nutrition and pregnancy exercises, which help you feel more comfortable during your pregnancy, and help you stay healthy and low-risk. Low-risk women have more choices in prenatal care and delivery. Good nutrition and exercise during pregnancy will also help you have an easier, shorter labor. Sign up early in your pregnancy to attain the full benefit of this class. Healthy Pregnancy classes are taught by Barb Lindgren and Shannon McKenzie.