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If Your Pregnant Or Planning To Be, The Time To Start Preparing Is Now

Prenatal care is good for your baby. But preconception care, or caring for your health before you become pregnant, is good for both your baby and you. The ideal plan is to identify any potential risk to your health or your baby’s during your pregnancy. This allows you to address any medical issues you may have before the pregnancy. Preconception care is designed to help you become the healthiest you, both physically and emotionally, before stepping into pregnancy.

The first step is to make an appointment with your healthcare provider to gain preconception counseling. This is also the ideal time to make a list of the many questions you may have so you can ask your midwife. These may consist of questions concerning prenatal vitamins, your diet, or specific health issues that may run in your family.

For good health and well-being, a nutritious diet is always the way to go. But taking a good prenatal vitamin during pregnancy will help fill any nutritional gaps in the expectant mother’s diet. There are many vitamins and minerals found in good prenatal vitamins. Of extreme importance are calcium, folic acid, iodine, and iron.

Do I Need Prenatal Vitamins?

Why Folic Acid During Pregnancy?

Folic acid is a vitamin that contributes to the prevention of neural tube birth defects, which can affect the baby’s brain and spinal cord. There are many foods that contain folic acid. Eating foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans, citrus fruits, nuts, and the many other foods fortified with folic acid are great for your health, not to mention your taste buds. Nevertheless, taking supplements with a specified amount of folic acid is an excellent idea.

Calcium Has A Special Role

Calcium is important for all women, but particularly for a woman who is pregnant. Calcium is a mineral known to prevent loss of bone density. This is especially important during pregnancy because the baby uses the mother’s calcium for its own bone growth, therefore leaving less for the mother’s own body.

Thyroid Health Is Critical

It is critical that a woman’s thyroid function is healthy during pregnancy. Iodine contributes to a healthy functioning thyroid. This healthy thyroid helps the baby with proper bone and brain development. A deficiency in this mineral, however, can cause major health issues for the baby including, deafness, severe mental disability, and stunted physical growth. An extreme deficiency in iodine could lead to a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Why Iron Is Important For Your Baby

Iron is a mineral that preserves many vinyl functions in the body. Not only does it provide energy for you to function, but it also contributes to a healthy immune system. Possibly most important, iron is needed for your body to make hemoglobin, which is used to carry oxygen throughout the body of both mother and baby.

Doula, Midwife, or Monitrice?

Whether you are pregnant or considering pregnancy, you have probably heard of a doula and midwife. But have you ever heard of a monitrice? There are specific distinctions between the three, and the guide below will help you understand them.

What Is A Labor Doula?
A labor doula has been trained to provide birth assistance to the laboring woman and her partner. She provides emotional, physical, and psychological support.
What Are Midwives?
Midwives frequently take on the role of primary health care provider for pregnant and laboring women. There are limitations on who they are able to care for, however. If the woman is considered to have a low-risk pregnancy, midwives will often see her for prenatal care, delivery of the baby, and continue through postpartum and well-woman gynecological care.
What Is A Monitrice?
A monitrice cares for a pregnant woman during labor and delivery in the same ways as a doula. In addition, she has medical, midwifery, or nursing training in the field of maternal-child health. Her training spans pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She specializes in fetal monitoring, performing internal exams during labor, and neonatal resuscitation as well as breast-feeding and postpartum care. Generally, a monitrice stays with clients in their home, acting as a doula and providing medical assistance during the labor and delivery. She also communicates with the primary healthcare provider, whether a physician or a midwife. Following the birth of the baby, the monitrice provides postpartum care, assesses newborn concerns and breastfeeding issues, and refers the mother to lactation consultants and pediatricians whenever appropriate.
What is the difference between a nurse and a midwife?

Nurses and midwives may both specialize in working with pregnancy or birth, but midwives are trained to manage and make the care decisions while nurses are trained to assist the primary care provider. 

What does a midwife do when labor occurs?

We come to your house and support you throughout active labor including monitoring you and your baby for any risk factors. We believe in you and your ability to give birth and it is our privilege to keep your space safe.

Postpartum 🙂

With all your body has been through in the past nine months, you cannot help but be amazed. The pregnancy phase is over, and you have been blessed with a precious gift and the title of Mother. Well coming to grips with this new role, you must also learn how to care for your baby. This can be an overwhelming process for any woman. And like most other processes in a woman’s life, your body will face massive changes in the weeks and months ahead.

The postpartum phase begins immediately following the delivery of your child. Your body begins to heal from the birth process, rebuilding and reshaping your body into its pre-pregnancy condition. And you will be better prepared to deal with the physical and emotional changes that come during this post pregnancy time if you know what to expect.

Placenta Encapsulation

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What Is Placenta?

The placenta is an organ in the woman’s womb that surrounds the fetus. It allows for the exchange of blood, nutrients, and waste between mother and baby. Following the birth of the child, the placenta is expelled from the uterus.

Where Is It From?

Placental encapsulation is the centuries old practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. This is most often practiced in traditional Chinese medicine.

How It Works

The pill, is taken by the mother at specified times. Generally it is given either shortly after giving birth, during a woman’s menstrual cycle, or during menopause with the belief that it impedes some of the symptoms of menopause.

Initial Consult

We offer a free consult if you are interested in midwifery care, or if you are still undecided on which care experience you desire and want to explore all your options. The consult is a time for us to introduce ourselves and our pregnancy/birth philosophy to you so that you can decide if we are the right care providers for you and your baby.

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Preconception Counseling

This is an hour long appointment in your home where we talk about getting ready for conception and pregnancy. The goal is to achieve a healthy body to carry a healthy pregnancy.
Some of the topics will include:
~ 1 to 1.5 Hours
~ Fertility Awareness
~ Appropriate Supplements
~ Diet & Achieving a Healthy Weight
~ Exercise for Your Lifestyle
~ Reviewing Medications
~ Foods & Chemicals to Avoid
~ Review of Medical Conditions/History
~ Mental Health Awareness
~ Counsel on Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum

$150

Birth at Home

Prenatal care includes:
~ Prenatal visits on standard schedule
~ Nutritional counseling
~ Standard lab work
~ Education topics
~ Risk assessment & screening
~Text or call availability for questions

Care during labor & birth includes:
~ Support during labor
~ Monitoring you and baby during labor
~ Encouraging you to be instinctual
~ Helping you or your partner catch the baby
~ Newborn resuscitation
~ Delayed cord clamping
~ Hemorrhage control
~ Suturing
~ Newborn exam

Postpartum care includes:
~ 24/7 availability from the midwives for any questions, concerns, or complications ~ Postpartum visits on standard schedule
~ Metabolic screen & Hearing screen
~ Lactation consult with IBCLC
~ Screening for Postpartum Depression

$4500

Monitrice Care

Monitrice care may be the right choice for you if you would like the personalized, in home care we provide, but don’t feel comfortable delivering at home. We offer the same standard prenatal and postpartum care for both our hospital birth clients and our homebirth clients. We may monitor you in labor until you are ready to go to the hospital and then stay with you as a doula. Our goal is to equip you to have the birth you desire, wherever you desire it.

Prenatal care includes:
~ Prenatal visits on standard schedule
~ Nutritional counseling
~ Standard lab work
~ Education topics
~ Risk assessment & screening
~Text or call availability for questions

Postpartum care includes:
~ 24/7 availability from the midwives for any questions, concerns, or complications ~ Postpartum visits on standard schedule
~ Metabolic screening
~ Lactation consult with IBCLC
~ Screening for Postpartum Depression

$3000

Placenta Encapsulation

The placenta is rich in nutrients that can aid the mother in recovering from childbirth more readily.

Kyndall offers both the Traditional Chinese Medicine Method of preparing the placenta as well as the The Raw Method. Click the button below for more information on placentaphagy and the methods of preparing the placenta.

Placenta Encapusulation ~ $250.00
Herbal Healing Blend Add-on ~ $25.00
Placenta Tincture ~ $35.00

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