The philosophy behind prenatal care at The Retreat
When we founded The Retreat just over two years ago (click here to read our birthaversary post!), each midwife, doula, and educator involved took a passionate stance: We commit to offering woman-centered care that gives each client:
- Individualized education
- Comprehensive care throughout pregnancy, labor, and birth and the postpartum period
Each of us believes (from many combined years of experience) that women are capable of making the appropriate choices for themselves and their baby when they’re given the right to true informed consent.
In our quest to empower women in their birth experiences, we naturally put a great deal of time and heart into each woman’s prenatal care appointments.
Here’s a look at the way we’re tailoring prenatal care for Veronica, a beautiful mama who is anticipating and preparing for a natural twin birth at The Retreat. You can read Part 1 of her story by clicking here.
Baby is in no hurry, so neither are we!
One of the biggest differences women notice between prenatal care at traditional OB offices and prenatal care at The Retreat Birth Center is that we don’t rush. We don’t think of women as numbers, and we don’t cram our schedules and waiting area.
When you arrive for your appointment, there is almost never a wait time before your warm midwife walks you (and your partner, other children, mother, best friend — we’re very welcoming!) back to a comfortable room for your appointment.
“They are always friendly, even when I show up with the whole family, including my four children,” says Veronica.
We take our time to educate each woman about her choices for testing, treatments, birth plans, and any special concerns.
Personalized care for each woman
Woman-centered care is necessarily unique to each person, but we do take time in every prenatal visit to check in on the woman’s concerns, questions, discomforts, energy level, stress, and diet.
“In my case (with twins), Lynn and David check in on my protein intake every time they see me, and they give me tips on what snacks to eat to make sure I meet the daily minimum. I had never been so conscious about my protein intake with the other pregnancies,” says Veronica.
Our midwives also work with each woman to come up with a birth plan that suits her situation and desires. For Veronica, a natural twin birth means making some tweaks to the birth plan she used with her last baby.
“My birth plan is a little different because delayed cord clamping will not be possible when the first baby comes out. Also having a water birth is not an option since it would be hard to maneuver in case I need to get out or baby needs to be turned,” says Veronica.
Peaceful prenatal care make for a peaceful birth
Appointments at The Retreat are much more personal and warm than traditional OB visits, and that sense of unrushed peace translates directly to our births.
Though each of our midwives is expertly trained and prepared to notice areas of concern during pregnancy and birth, we also recognize and value the power of women and their bodies.
“They make me feel at peace. They don’t make me feel like I’m in the middle of a high-risk pregnancy that I have to worry about,” says Veronica.
We can’t wait to meet Veronica’s twins! Stay tuned for Part 3 of Veronica’s natural twin birth story.
And we look forward to welcoming you for a tour or prenatal appointment at The Retreat Birth Center.
Are you yearning for a safe, natural birth in the El Paso/Las Cruces area?
To learn more about having your baby at The Retreat please call (915) 308-5000 or click here.