Whether you hire me as your Doula or just to document your birth, I always offer a Homebirth Prenatal Visit.
Usually this will coincide with a homebirth prenatal visit from your midwife and sometimes her assistant. My hope is that as many member of the birth team will get to meet and partake this important visit.
The birth team gets to see the space and reflects on the logistics.
Some midwives and even Doulas, operate out of an office, so the homebirth prenatal visit may be the very first time they get to visit their clients in their home, which is getting prepared as the sacred space where their family will welcome the new baby.
When I am hired to document your birth, it will help me immensely to see the space before hand so I can have a sense of what the light might look like, what are the most favorable spots in the house and ultimately how you fit in your home. How good does it look on you!
I also have the great joy to take few photos of the actual homebirth prenatal visit with your midwife, as this might be one of the last few opportunities to capture your belly and maybe your children participating in listening to baby’s heart and belly measuring.
Mom gets a taste of what type of energy the birth team will bring into her sacred space. What will it look like to have as many people in the room? What will if feel like?
Finally the whole family has the chance to meet the birth team, perhaps for the first time. Maybe the birth partner works and has never been able to attend a prenatal visit at the office. Maybe older children are always in school.
While I think older siblings are quick to warm up, I am a strong believer that they should be included as often as possible in the care of their baby. They are so sensitive to labor – it’s as if they know what is going on by simply remembering the magic they have experienced themselves not too long ago.
Apparently this little darling felt really inspired by my presence during the birth of her baby brother and has kept up her documentary game to not miss a precious moment!
Children also raise up to the responsibility of becoming big siblings. I have yet to meet a toddler who doesn’t lighten up when asked to please help the midwife measure her mama’s belly or to make sure baby’s heart beat is strong by listening with the stethoscope.
A hombirth prenatal visit is such a gift as it is birth itself. It’s like throwing a mini rehearsal party – cake is optional – where the birth team can practice a big group hug with a huge scope of imagination.