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Sacred Cycles Midwifery offers compassionate, evidence based care for low risk pregnant people seeking home birth who value information, options and gentle guidance. We offer care as a package for the entirety of pregnancy, birth and postpartum or on a per appointment basis for families that would like the benefits of midwifery care as an addition to the care they are receiving elsewhere.  Please call or email for a free consultation.

As your midwife, Serena Russell will provide information to help you make the right decisions about your pregnancy, birth and your baby! She is committed to building trusting relationships with each family she supports. All your care will be provided in collaboration with you, giving you up to date evidence-based information to make informed choices about the health and wellbeing of yourself and your baby. Through 1 hour long prenatal and postpartum visits, she will address any concerns you may have with patience as well as expertly and attentively assess the wellbeing of your body and your baby.

San Jose Midwife Serena Russell LM homebirth newborn exam
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Some of the things you can expect during the course of your care during your pregnancy and birth are:

Clinical Prenatal Care

Sacred Cycles Midwifery offers evidence informed maternity care for low risk clients. This includes physical assessment of both birthing person and growing baby, standard tests and lab work, assessing fetal heart rate, growth & position along with maternal health throughout the pregnancy. Much of the standard prenatal lab work is offered 'in house' and your midwife is available throughout your pregnancy for urgent concerns and questions.

In addition support and discussions during your care  will include:

  • Discussion and assessment of optimal Prenatal and Postpartum Nutrition and Herbal Remedies 

  • Standard testing options and alternatives (if available)

  • Childbirth prep, stages of labor, sibling participation, after birth care

  • Hormone changes, Breastfeeding, & Postpartum Support  

  • Personal growth and relationship changes associated with having a child

  • Alternative solutions to common complaints of pregnancy including herbs, homeopathics, acupuncture and chiropractic care.

  • Ultrasound is available on a referral basis.

 By weaving the physical and emotional well being of both parent and child, midwifery care supports the family as a whole.

Labor & Birth at Home

Serena Russell LM, CPM and a trained assistant midwife (when possible) will provide continuity of care in your home during your labor and birth of your child offering complete clinical and emotional support to guide and monitor your labor and birth. Appropriate recommendations or referrals will be made with your consent to ensure the safe and healthy passage of mom and baby throughout the birthing process. Birth supplies, emergency skills and medications will be brought to every birth. Suturing skills and supplies are available when necessary.

Your midwives will stay with you in the early hours after your baby is born and stay until both are stable and ready to be tucked into bed. They will assess the physical wellbeing of both birthing mother and baby, guide and facilitate the newborn breast crawl and help initiate breastfeeding, provide a thorough newborn exam and offer any newborn medications as discussed prenatally.

 

In cases of hospital transfer-A midwife will go with you to the hospital and stay to offer you compassionate and proactive support as your liaison. Licensed Midwives do not have hospital privileges and cannot attend as your primary care provider in cases of transfer. *Due to Covid 19 this may or may not be an option as many hospitals have changed their protocols. If a midwife is unable to attend your birth in the hospital, she will provide virtual or phone support while you are there.

 

Postpartum Care

Attentive and extensive postpartum care for mom and baby for 6 weeks include 3 visits in the first 2 weeks in your home and 2 follow up appointments. During these appointments Serena Russell LM, CPM will provide baby weight checks & postpartum healing assessment of birthing mother as well as breastfeeding support and guidance with newborn care. She will address any specific concerns you may have and offer support, guidance or referrals as appropriate. Serena Russell LM, CPM will remain on call for you 24/7 for the first 2 weeks following your birth.

**I also offer postpartum care as individual visits or multiple visits as a package up to 8 weeks postpartum as an option for families who did not birth with me. Email me for pricing and availability.

Other Services Include: 

Waterbirth

Water birth can be a wonderful way to promote relaxation and reduce stress while simultaneously easing the pain of labor. Sacred Cycles Midwifery will supply a birth tub(if available) to all of our clients at 37 weeks pregnancy if desired. This is included in the global fee. Some additional supplies will need to be ordered ahead of time.

VBAC

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean is a viable and safe option for families desiring a home birth with midwives. With appropriate screening, healthy women wanting to have a home VBAC are welcome.

For more information or a free consultation, please call, email me or schedule using the link below.

* Some private insurance accepted

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HomeBirth

Sacred Cycles Midwifery offers clinical, emotional and informational support from Preconception through the fourth Trimester postpartum.