Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
To rediscover midwifery is the same as giving back childbirth to women."
Birchwood Midwifery is not currently accepting new clients while Gillian is on maternity leave. If you are interested in a homebirth, please check the listings at the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance to find other available midwives to work with.
As long as women have been giving birth, they have been assisted by other women in their community. These women - healers, mothers, wise women, midwives - understood that childbirth was a natural part of womanhood, and their role was to protect the sacredness of the birthing space and to use their expertise when needed to keep the mother and child safe.
My midwifery practice is based in that belief - that women are perfectly designed to give birth, and that my role is to support that process. I see myself as a guide and guardian. Midwifery care is a partnership between the woman and the midwife - I will share information, resources and my opinion, but care decisions are always in the hands of the mother.
Midwives are experts in normal birth and preventative health care and are able to recognize the early signs of imbalance that may lead to complications if not treated. We will meet throughout your pregnancy to monitor the health of you and your baby, discuss your desires for your birth, talk about parenting, breastfeeding and any other concerns you may have.
Through nutrition, exercise, herbal and homeopathic remedies, flower essences and other natural healing modalities, I will help your body maintain health. In a case where that is not enough, referrals are made to other health practitioners.
Midwives are also trained to prevent, recognize and manage complications that may arise during birth, and to transfer to the hospital when appropriate.
A study was published in 2005 stating that the outcomes of planned homebirths with a skilled attendant were the same as for low-risk hospital births, but with 50% fewer interventions.
I have the utmost trust in your bodys ability to give birth in its own way and in its own time. My role is to support you in whatever way you need, be that privacy, massage, herbal remedies, or words of encouragement. All care decisions are based on your needs and that of your baby, rather than what the average woman needs.
After your baby is born, you will continue to receive postpartum and well-baby care. This includes breastfeeding support, newborn care information, and herbal remedies to nurture your body.
If you are wondering if homebirth is right for you, please call for a free consultation.
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