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HomeBirth With Victoria is a private midwifery practice that follows the community standard of care of consulting with other area midwives and physicians when needed. Victoria is also in collaboration with several area ultrasound providers and physicians. If a medical condition presents itself during pregnancy that requires co-management with a physician throughout the pregnancy, this practice has access to trusted providers. Some Medicaid plans accepted
Philosophy of Practice
❀ Women have the right to seek medically safe maternity care that fits their lifestyle and recognizes and respects their individual needs. HomeBirth with Victoria follows the tenets of the Midwifery Model of Care, found here on the Midwives Alliance of North American website: https://mana.org/about-midwives/midwifery-model. Our goal is always to incorporate informed choice and shared decision making with our clients.
❀ Childbirth is a normal, healthy process and transformative time in a woman and her family’s life. The role of the midwife is to support and promote this normal process while recognizing and addressing any deviations from normal. Confidence in this normal process is promoted in all aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care.
❀ Family, as defined by the client, is the cornerstone of our social structure. Family members, including siblings, should be involved in the childbearing experience to whatever extent the family desires and can accommodate.
❀ Education is an essential part of quality midwifery care. With knowledge freely exchanged, women and their families are able to assume shared responsibility for and make informed choices as their unique process unfolds. Local resources for classes will be freely shared.
❀Student midwives are an essential part of the midwifery community. In order to continue the tradition of teaching others this sacred work, HomeBirth with Victoria provides direct supervision for no more than one-two students in all aspects of care.
I believe in the essential right of women to have their babies where and with whom they choose.
I believe that birth, whether home, birth center, hospital, vaginal, or operative is a rite of passage for women and their partners.
I believe that midwives are uniquely qualified to guide women through their experience, through this rite of passage.
A good midwife has her network of higher-level providers ready to care for the clients who, for whatever reasons that often out of our control, become high risk at any point during their care.
At the end of the day we cannot control the planned chaos of labor, but we can control whom we choose to have in the room with us.
I am honored to be in the room guiding, assisting, and caring for families when these most sacred moments occur.
I am Ripe
Pregnancy is a numinous and magical sate. It is a time when the barrier between the conscious and unconscious realms thins. It is a time to feel the presence of another soul developing alongside your own. It is a time when inner voices offer wise counsel louder and more clearly than usual, when we become aware that life is a continuum, when a woman may experience a bodily sense that everything around her is alive. Our connection to the cellular mystery of life is vibrantly stark and immediate. When you are pregnant, the polite and restrictive masks of everyday life that we have each created to survive can be stripped away, and you are immersed in the very juice of existence. No matter how many pictures of fetuses you look at or how many scientific facts you ingest, pregnancy remains a stunning, not-quite-possible-to-grasp marvel, a naked connection to the enigma of life. You can’t escape the awe-and why would you want to?
~Jennifer Louden, from The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book