Caring For Women throughout Their Lifetime

Pregnancy & Birthing

First and Foremost: Southern Arizona Midwives is a family oriented practice. This means that your pregnancy and birth are recognized as a family event. Your children and other support network are welcome for all prenatal visits and birth of your baby. We only ask that another adult be present and responsible for the care of the other children during the birth of your newest family member.

Preparing for Pregnancy

Talk to Southern Arizona Midwives about how best to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy and birth. S.A.M. can offer resources on helpful topics, such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, preparing for labor, becoming a parent, and baby-proofing your home.

Every woman is different. Southern Arizona Midwives will work with you to determine your current health status and how best to prepare for pregnancy. As a first step, you can schedule a visit to talk about your typical periods and when you are most likely to become pregnant. We might also talk to you about other health topics to keep in mind as you try to become pregnant. This could include the importance of reaching a healthy weight before becoming pregnant, adding vitamins like folic acid to your diet, and making sure you are up-to-date on shots.

If you are having trouble getting pregnant, your midwife can review your situation and help identify why you may be having difficulty.

prenatalAchieving a Healthy Pregnancy

Your regular check-ups during pregnancy are good times to talk with your midwife about your health, your emotions, and the normal changes that come with pregnancy. At each visit, we will review you and your baby’s health. This includes checking your blood pressure and weight, measuring the growth of your uterus, listening to your baby’s heartbeat, and ordering and reviewing needed tests. As you get further along in your pregnancy, S.A.M. will help you plan for labor and birth. We will build and review your birth plan together. A birth plan will include your goals for the birth of your baby. Your birth plan includes your decision about who will be there with you, how to reduce discomfort, and what will happen if there is a problem or an emergency.

During your initial prenatal visit, S.A.M. will provide information and resources to help you decide how to improve your chances for a healthy pregnancy. These include eating nutritious food, exercising, and taking prenatal vitamins. S.A.M. will also help you with the normal physical and emotional changes that may come with pregnancy.

Care During Labor and Birth

For the majority of women, pregnancy is a normal, healthy, low-risk, life event. Southern Arizona Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events during which you need special attention and care to prevent problems. For most women pregnancy is not a time of illness. It is a time of change when you and your baby should be supported so you both can be as healthy as possible.

Midwifery and Childbirth Procedures

Most babies are born without any problem. All that is needed is careful education, support, and monitoring through pregnancy and birth. However, sometimes a problem occurs and procedures during pregnancy or childbirth may be needed. If this occurs, certified nurse-midwives have the education and expertise to prescribe pain medication, induce labor, or bring in another member of the health care team to help if needed.

Other resources

Tests available during your pregnancy: trimester by trimester guide
Helpful guide regarding genetic testing: decisions about tests for birth defects