Red Roots Midwifery offers a variety of holistic and individualized fertility, pregnancy, and birth care services. All care is provided either in your home space or virtually, and I am fiercely committed to improving care experience and outcomes by providing safe, trauma-informed, and inclusive care to all people and all family constellations. All of you is welcome here.
*Please see practice updates on the About page for current availability.
Supportive and individualized prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care for families planning home, birth center, or hospital birth. Doulas offer evidence-based information to help birthing families make their own best choices in care; they companion through labor, offering encouraging words, unbiased information, and therapeutic touch; and they bolster and supplement postpartum community resources for the people that they serve.
The Basics: 2 prenatal visits, phone/text/email support, on-call time, attendance at your labor and birth, 1 postpartum visit.
The Fee: sliding scale $600-$900, with additional visits available à la carte.
The Extras: doula clients can add placental encapsulation for $100 (a $250 value!)
For people exploring the idea of growing their families, wishing to become pregnant, interested in using donor sperm to grow a family, or hitting road blocks along the way to conception, Certified Professional Midwives are the perfect ally and companion. Fertility care services are highly personalizable and can include education on normal physiology, training in cycle tracking using the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), baseline bloodwork for health and fertility markers, optimizing wellness ahead of conception, troubleshooting issues with becoming pregnant, preconception genetic testing, exploring options for assisted reproductive technology, and even procedures like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and IUD removal at home.
The Basics: what we do, how we do it, and how often we meet is up to you! Initial visits are longer (up to 2 hours) and can include comprehensive history taking, nutritional assessment, orders for lab work, and the development of a detailed and individualized care plan. Follow-up appointments are generally an hour long and are customizable to your needs. Most appointments can be virtual or in your home.
The Fee: $200 for an initial visit, $100 for subsequent home visits ($150 if greater than 30 miles from Fryeburg, Maine), $75 for subsequent virtual visits, $300 per cycle for IUI (includes disposable supplies, on-call time, and procedure). Any lab or ultrasound fees will be billed separately by the facility performing the procedure and may be covered by insurance.
Supplemental Midwifery Care
If you would like your prenatal and postpartum care to include work with a Certified Professional Midwife but need or are choosing to birth in a hospital, supplemental midwifery care (SMC) can be an excellent addition. As an SMC client, you will see me in your home (or virtually) in addition to the care you receive from your primary care provider during pregnancy. While all testing and big decision-making will be done through your primary provider, SMC offers people the opportunity to have hour-long midwifery appointments to check in, measure baby and check position, talk about procedures, worries, fears, and joys, and to feel supported by a holistic care provider.
The Basics: Supplemental care includes up to 8 visits, and you choose the pacing and the balance between prenatal and postpartum.
The Fee: $750. Additional home visits may be added for $100 each or $150 if you live more than 30 miles from Fryeburg, Maine. Additional virtual visits are $75.
The Extras: If you'd also like me to attend your birth as a doula, add this service for $450 (usually sliding scale $600-$900). Add placental encapsulation for $100 (usually $250).
Homebirth Midwifery Care
This service is going on hiatus beginning 6/1/22, as my partner and I undergo fertility treatment. If you're a friend or a repeat client and would like to discuss options for having me at your birth, please contact me here.
Encapsulation consists of taking the placenta (the amazing organ of connection between parent and baby), gently steaming it, dehydrating it at a low temperature, finely powdering it, and encapsulating it for consumption. Although very few studies have been done on placentophagy, many new parents report a host of gentle and positive effects from the practice. Among these reported or anecdotal effects are: increased milk supply, faster healing and better energy postpartum, decreased postpartum blues, and lowered levels of stress.
As an alternative mind/body practice that I like to put in the "won't hurt/might help" category, placental encapsulation is a great way to honor your baby's amazing placenta and to gently seek ease the transition to life after birth.
The Basics: If you desire placental encapsulation, we can schedule a virtual consultation where I will answer any questions that you have. I will be on call for you from 37 weeks gestation on and can pick your placenta up at your place of birth, whether home or hospital. I will process your placenta with the utmost attention to the Universal Precautions guidelines of medical hygiene, and the grinder that I use for your order will be given to you with your pills for use with herbs or coffee. I will return your beautifully packaged placenta pills via home delivery to you within 72 hours of pick-up.
The Fee: $250
The Extras: If you're a doula client, the fee is reduced to $100.
*Note--there are some circumstances under which a placenta will not be released from a hospital and there are certain circumstances where the placenta is not suitable for encapsulation (ex: if you have an infection in labor). We will discuss these issues if they arise.
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