JOLENE THE MIDWIFE

Home Birth Services

SPRINGS MIDWIFERY & WOMEN’S CARE, LLC.

HOME BIRTH SERVICES

Why home birth?

Home birth is not for everyone, but hospital-based birth care is also not for everyone. I attended births in hospitals for nine years before I started attending home births. I also had two births in a hospital myself, and two at home. I believe home birth should be available as an option for all women who desire it and for whom it is a safe option (which is most – at least 85% of women qualify as low-risk). There are risks and benefits to all health care decisions, and the home or hospital for birth decision is no different. For most low-risk women, home birth is a very safe option, with a trained and qualified attendant.

Birth at home can be a very empowering experience. Most women report that, compared to birth in a hospital, they have less pain and a faster labor overall during a home birth. We think this is related to not having to move locations in the middle of the process as well as being able to truly listen to the body’s own cues as to what position or place to be. There’s also the possibility that feeling in control at home factors into faster and easier labor, since sometimes the underlying feeling of being expected to be submissive as a “patient” at the hospital factors into labor progress. Partners also almost always report feeling more connected and involved during a home birth – the focus at home is on the family as a whole.

Water Birth Colorado Springs

Is waterbirth an option at my birth? What is waterbirth? Is it safe?

Yes! I’m excited to be able to attend waterbirths as an option in your home. I have blow-up waterbirth tubs that I lend out if you would like this option for your labor and/or birth (the La Bassine, which can be see here). The custom-fit liner for the borrowed tub and the hose to fill and empty it are available in your birth kit that is ordered by about 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Waterbirth is when the baby is born under water in a birth pool or birth tub. Using the tub for comfort at home is a wonderful option. The buoyancy and warmth are a help to the mom in labor, and facilitate position changes and relaxation. We sometimes call the labor and birth tub the “midwife’s epidural” because it can facilitate relaxation so well (it does not take the pain completely away like an epidural, but does help).

I have taken a waterbirth certification course through Waterbirth International. I have also attended water births for eight of my years as a Colorado Springs midwife, and have not had a single poor outcome in hundreds of waterbirths.  The research also supports the safety of waterbirths – in well-designed studies, waterbirth was shown to have many more benefits than risks for both mother and child. I have also had two waterbirths myself.

Colorado Springs water birth is safe because there are at least four mechanisms in place that make it so the baby doesn’t breathe until his or her face encounters the air when brought to the surface of the pool shortly after they are born. These mechanisms have to be in place because the baby spends its’ whole life up to the point of birth floating in water – the amniotic fluid. That’s why waterbirth is also thought of as a more gentle transition for the baby – they come from fluid into fluid before they have to feel air and breathe for the first time.

Some links to more information on waterbirth:

http://www.waterbirth.org/

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/waterbirth/

Home Birth Safety

This is a recent research article that discusses the safety of planned home birth: 

What if something happens?

Birth is as safe as life gets, meaning it’s a natural process, but that sometimes things can still go wrong. If something happens prenatally that dictates home birth is no longer a safe option, I would refer you to services appropriate to what you needed to get the safest care for you and your baby. Sometimes that means a transfer of care to a physician, sometimes that means sending you into a hospital for more urgent needs, and sometimes we can transfer to a hospital-based midwifery service.

During labor, there are varied reasons we may have to change plans from home to hospital care. The most common reasons aren’t emergencies and almost always allow for discussion and consideration of options before proceeding with transfer. In these cases we go by private vehicle to the hospital, and I follow and become a support person in the hospital. Upon arrival to the hospital, a hospital provider, usually a physician, will assume the provider role.

In the rare instance of a true emergency, whether before or after the birth, 911 is called and ambulance transport is necessary.

One of the advantages of a homebirth in Colorado Springs is that we take steps to prevent problems before they happen, can recognize any issues early because there are at least two attendants focused just on you and your baby, and when things come up that can’t be avoided or foreseen, we can act quickly to get the care you need to keep you and baby as safe as possible.

HOME BIRTH SERVICES

Why home birth?

Home birth is not for everyone, but hospital-based birth care is also not for everyone. I attended births in hospitals for nine years before I started attending home births. I also had two births in a hospital myself, and two at home. I believe home birth should be available as an option for all women who desire it and for whom it is a safe option (which is most – at least 85% of women qualify as low-risk). There are risks and benefits to all health care decisions, and the home or hospital for birth decision is no different. For most low-risk women, home birth is a very safe option, with a trained and qualified attendant.

Birth at home can be a very empowering experience. Most women report that, compared to birth in a hospital, they have less pain and a faster labor overall during a home birth. We think this is related to not having to move locations in the middle of the process as well as being able to truly listen to the body’s own cues as to what position or place to be. There’s also the possibility that feeling in control at home factors into faster and easier labor, since sometimes the underlying feeling of being expected to be submissive as a “patient” at the hospital factors into labor progress. Partners also almost always report feeling more connected and involved during a home birth – the focus at home is on the family as a whole.

Water Birth Colorado Springs

Is waterbirth an option at my birth? What is waterbirth? Is it safe?

Yes! I’m excited to be able to attend waterbirths as an option in your home. I have blow-up waterbirth tubs that I lend out if you would like this option for your labor and/or birth (the La Bassine, which can be see here). The custom-fit liner for the borrowed tub and the hose to fill and empty it are available in your birth kit that is ordered by about 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Waterbirth is when the baby is born under water in a birth pool or birth tub. Using the tub for comfort at home is a wonderful option. The buoyancy and warmth are a help to the mom in labor, and facilitate position changes and relaxation. We sometimes call the labor and birth tub the “midwife’s epidural” because it can facilitate relaxation so well (it does not take the pain completely away like an epidural, but does help).

I have taken a waterbirth certification course through Waterbirth International. I have also attended water births for eight of my years as a Colorado Springs midwife, and have not had a single poor outcome in hundreds of waterbirths.  The research also supports the safety of waterbirths – in well-designed studies, waterbirth was shown to have many more benefits than risks for both mother and child. I have also had two waterbirths myself.

Colorado Springs water birth is safe because there are at least four mechanisms in place that make it so the baby doesn’t breathe until his or her face encounters the air when brought to the surface of the pool shortly after they are born. These mechanisms have to be in place because the baby spends its’ whole life up to the point of birth floating in water – the amniotic fluid. That’s why waterbirth is also thought of as a more gentle transition for the baby – they come from fluid into fluid before they have to feel air and breathe for the first time.

Some links to more information on waterbirth:

http://www.waterbirth.org/

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/waterbirth/

Home Birth Safety

This is a recent research article that discusses the safety of planned home birth: 

What if something happens?

Birth is as safe as life gets, meaning it’s a natural process, but that sometimes things can still go wrong. If something happens prenatally that dictates home birth is no longer a safe option, I would refer you to services appropriate to what you needed to get the safest care for you and your baby. Sometimes that means a transfer of care to a physician, sometimes that means sending you into a hospital for more urgent needs, and sometimes we can transfer to a hospital-based midwifery service.

During labor, there are varied reasons we may have to change plans from home to hospital care. The most common reasons aren’t emergencies and almost always allow for discussion and consideration of options before proceeding with transfer. In these cases we go by private vehicle to the hospital, and I follow and become a support person in the hospital. Upon arrival to the hospital, a hospital provider, usually a physician, will assume the provider role.

In the rare instance of a true emergency, whether before or after the birth, 911 is called and ambulance transport is necessary.

One of the advantages of a homebirth in Colorado Springs is that we take steps to prevent problems before they happen, can recognize any issues early because there are at least two attendants focused just on you and your baby, and when things come up that can’t be avoided or foreseen, we can act quickly to get the care you need to keep you and baby as safe as possible.

A Note From Jolene…

Hello & Welcome to Springs Midwifery & Women’s Care!

YOUR HEALTH CARE IS IMPORTANT. YOU DESERVE SOMEONE WHO TRULY LISTENS, AND WHO OFFERS EVIDENCE-BASED CARE OPTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MY EXPERIENCE AS A NURSE MIDWIFE AND A NURSE PRACTITIONER GUIDES MY HOLISTIC APPROACH. WHETHER YOU’RE SEEKING PREGNANCY CARE AND A HOME BIRTH, OR AN ANNUAL EXAM, BIRTH CONTROL, OR OTHER WOMAN-FOCUSED CARE, JUST CALL ME FOR A FREE, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION – I’D BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES FOR YOUR CARE!

– Jolene Hamann, C.N.M.

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A Note From Jolene…

Hello & Welcome to Springs Midwifery & Women’s Care!

YOUR HEALTH CARE IS IMPORTANT. YOU DESERVE SOMEONE WHO TRULY LISTENS, AND WHO OFFERS EVIDENCE-BASED CARE OPTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MY EXPERIENCE AS A NURSE MIDWIFE AND A NURSE PRACTITIONER GUIDES MY HOLISTIC APPROACH. WHETHER YOU’RE SEEKING PREGNANCY CARE AND A HOME BIRTH, OR AN ANNUAL EXAM, BIRTH CONTROL, OR OTHER WOMAN-FOCUSED CARE, JUST CALL ME FOR A FREE, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION – I’D BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES FOR YOUR CARE!

– Jolene Hamann, C.N.M.

birthnetwork_colorado_springs cord Yourwaterbirth2

“We have a secret in our culture,

and it’s not that birth is painful,

It’s that women are strong.”

– Laura Stavoe Harm

“We have a secret in our culture,

and it’s not that birth is painful,

It’s that women are strong.”

– Laura Stavoe Harm

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JOLENE THE MIDWIFE
SPRINGS MIDWIFERY
& WOMEN’S CARE, LLC.

PH: (719) 367-9405
FAX: (719) 452-3797
jolene@jolenethemidwife.com
5028 Galloping Goose Way
Colorado Springs, CO. 80924
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