- The day of your prenatal visit has arrived. Your child runs to the door, peers out, and announces loudly, “Ma!!! The midwife is here!”
- Gently paced prenatal visits over a snack or a cup of herbal tea
- Your toddler happily getting to push the button on the Doppler to hear the baby’s heartbeat
- Good humor, heartfelt discussion, questions asked and answered
- Well-researched and informed shared decision-making process
- Evidence-based care, in the comfort of your home.
- Brainstorming what your birth might be like—and asking for it in labor
- Laboring at your own space in your own space, with support offered as needed and desired.
- Asking your birth team to leave the room for 30 minutes to bond with your partner—to look into each other’s eyes and remember you are doing an amazing work for your child
- Your midwife or her assistant listening attentively to baby’s heartbeat, assessing your vital signs, and labor progression, matching the pattern to normal.
- Breathing heroically through intense contractions, being reminded that “This.Is.Normal.”
- Laboring and birthing in your space, where you can imagine conception also happening; low lights, good music, intimacy, connection, joy, reverence, love.
- The birth being family-centered in your family space of love.
- Being able to call, text and email a knowledgeable friend about this wobbly newborn who won’t stop crying any time of the day or night!
- Wondering whether your baby’s poop is a badcolor! And having someone to ask!
- Someone coming to your home with no judgment and calming your concerns, fears, and frustrations with respect and empowerment.