Gentle Landing Birth Center is based on the need that we all want to be seen and cared for as a whole person and that our health exists within the context of our entire life history. Gentle Landing Birth Center holds this wholeness as essential to uncompromising health care. We are deeply committed to caring for you from this position please see our services below.
We will see you for prenatal visits once every four weeks until 28 weeks; then once every two weeks until 36 weeks, with weekly visits thereafter until your baby is born.
If you are having a homebirth, a home visit is scheduled around 36 weeks so we will be easily oriented to your home when it is time to attend you in birth.
are offered to you and available in the office. We talk about it all together and we decide as a team what tests might serve you and your pregnancy and baby best.
happens at your home at one day, then in the office at three days, one, three and six weeks postpartum.
If additional visits are necessary or something pops up in your pregnancy and/or postpartum, we see you as is important as well as when you want until your situation is back in balance.
What is a Birth Center? The birth center is a health care facility for childbirth where care is provided in the midwifery and wellness model. The birth center is freestanding and not a hospital.
Birth centers are an integrated part of the health care system and are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. While the practice of midwifery and the support of physiologic birth and newborn transition may occur in other settings, this is the exclusive model of care in a birth center.
The birth center respects and facilitates a woman's right to make informed choices about her health care and her baby's health care based on her values and beliefs. The woman's family, as she defines it, is welcome to participate in the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
Gentle Landing attends birthing families in their homes in the Upper Valley of NH and VT. The safety of home birth for low-risk birthing people has been studied as late as August 2019 in a large international study which found, "more women in well-resourced countries are choosing birth at home. "This research clearly demonstrates the risk is no different when the birth is intended to be at home or in hospital."
Women's Primary Care: Gentle Landing offers full-scope women's healthcare across the lifespan, customizing your care to meet your unique healthcare needs. We provide routine paps, preventative lab work, yearly annual exams and STI testing and treatment for women and men.
We also offer: individualized hormonal and non-hormonal contraception choices, help with fertility challenges, pregnancy planning and menopause care.
Unlike many healthcare offices, we offer longer visits, NO WAIT TIMES. and our commitment that you will be scheduled with a midwife who is familiar with YOU and your concerns.
At times the midwives at Gentle Landing Birth Center may find it necessary to transfer a family to a hospital in order if circumstances become outside our scope of practice. If a client wishes us to remain with them after things have settled down at the hospital, there is the option for us to remain with you and act as Labor Support for the remainder of your labor and birth.
Labor Support not only nurtures and supports the birthing person throughout labor and birth, they also have the capacity to help navigate the more technical questions that may come up in labor and birth. Their essential role is to provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she gives birth. Labor support is defined as the therapeutic presence of another person, in which human-to-human interaction with caring behaviors is practiced.
The Midwives at Gentle Landing care for your well-baby from birth through the first few days. After the birth we perform a complete newborn exam before you leave the birth center, including weighing and measuring your baby, assuring your baby's vitals are stable and creating a sweet footprint memento for you to take home. All the standard newborn procedures are offered to you prior to your leaving the birth center; erythromycin and Vitamin K are administered according to your informed decision. Around 24 -36 hours after birth we come to your home to evaluate your baby and perform another complete newborn exam, perform a CCHD screening, metabolic screen and hearing screen as well as monitor weight and jaundice. We then collaborate with and transfer all your baby's records and test results to your chosen care provider. The Midwives also submit your baby's birth certificate application to the state.
Preconception visits are available for those planning on conceiving soon. At this visit we focus on optimizing your chances for a healthy pregnancy. Information reviewed will include nutrition, vitamin supplementation, lifestyle, exercise, and a physical along with health history can be completed. We offer preconception lab work such as baseline health labs, Vitamin D, and Pap screening (if desired). We can also give you tools for coping with early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT and NH, Cigna, Vermont Medicaid, MVP, Well Sense and others. More and more, birth center and home birth is an option if you have insurance! Give us a call to discuss your insurance options for your birth and well-woman care.