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Welcome


When sleeping women wake, mountains move.

~Chinese proverb~

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When sleeping women wake, mountains move.

~Chinese proverb~

Midwifery Care: What's in it for women?  

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Services


 "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

~Mother Teresa~

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Services


 "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

~Mother Teresa~

Earth Roots Midwifery does not currently offer midwifery services.. Estimated date of birth is in 2016. Earth Roots Midwifery currently offers: monitrice services, birth & postpartum doula services, childbirth education classes, and placenta encapsulation.  I am also available as a resource to help guide you in the direction needed should you be looking for other services related to the childbearing years. 

 

 What is a monitrice?

A monitrice offers the same love and support as a doula, but with the added benefits of being able to assess fetal heart tones, perform cervical checks and check blood pressure when a woman is in labor. This information can help you with making a decision as to when to move to the hospital for your birth, at which point, your monitrice will accompany you and act as your doula. Your monitrice is *not* your midwife and she will not deliver your baby at home.

What is a doula?

A doula is someone who provides continuous, non-clinical support and care to a woman (and her partner) during childbirth.       

Women have complex needs during childbirth. In addition to either midwifery or modern obstetrical care, and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences. To this end, a doula works with a woman, her family, physicians, midwives and nurses with an aim to enhance communication and understanding.       

With a doula present, the pressure on the partner is also decreased, allowing participation at an optimum comfort level and increasing the enjoyment of the birth of the baby. Ideally, the doula and the partner make the perfect support team for the woman, complementing each other's strengths.

Why use a doula?

Studies indicate that when a doula is present, labors tend to be shorter with less need for technical aid, and there is greater maternal satisfaction. Doulas help foster a more relaxed postpartum environment as well, and enhance early mother-infant relationships, breastfeeding and family adjustments.

Benefits of a doula:

  • Doula's understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assist the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Provide continuity of care, emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint
  • Help the woman and her partner obtain information they need to make good decisions
  • Decrease a woman's likelihood of having a cesarean birth by 50%
  • Decrease pain perception, thus, reducing the use of pain med's and anesthetics by 60%
  • Less use of Pitocin to stimulate labors by 40%
  • Decreased use of forceps and vacuum extractions by 40%
  • Decreased chance of episiotomy
  • Higher rates of satisfaction with the birth experience
  • Greater sense of empowerment and control during the birth process
  • Partner's are able to take short breaks to attend to his/her own needs which helps them support you more efficiently
  • Higher success with breastfeeding
  • Increased confidence transitioning to motherhood
  • Support for older siblings during the birth and postpartum
  • Decreased rates of postpartum depression

It is important to note that a birth doula does not replace the woman’s partner or care providers, nor make decisions for (or speak instead of) her client. In addition, at no time will a birth doula perform clinical or medical tasks, such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tones, vaginal exams or postpartum clinical care.                      

Benefits of a postpartum doula:

  • Reassurance and emotional support to help parents feel comfortable and confident with their babies
  • Breastfeeding and newborn care support
  • Practical hands-on help such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry and short errands
  • Provide relief childcare / sibling care
  • If a birth doula becomes your postpartum doula, it provides continuity of care which can be reassuring during such a big transition in a family's life

Overall, a postpartum doula will "mother the new mother" so that she and her loved ones ease into their new roles confidently and smoothly. The quality of emotional care received by the mother during labor, birth and immediately afterwards is a vital factor that can strengthen the emotional ties between the mother and child. The importance of this relationship cannot be over emphasized, since these early relationships largely determine the future of each family, and also society as a whole.

 

 

Childbirth Education Classes (CBE):

Childbirth education classes (CBE) can be very helpful and informative for families as they prepare to welcome their baby into the world. Earth Roots Midwifery CBE classes cover: the history of childbirth in our culture and other cultures; nutrition to support a healthy pregnancy and growing baby; your choices for place of birth; your partner's role and your birth team; benefits of birth and postpartum doula care; what monitrice care looks like; the hormones involved in the birth process and their roles; comfort measures; stages of labor; how mom and baby work together during the birth; benefits of delayed cord clamping; information about routine newborn procedures and what your choices are; your amazing newborn and what to expect; breastfeeding, pumping and bottle feeding; what to expect with your body postpartum; and local resources and events.

Classes are also a great way to connect with other families to help foster growing a supportive community around you.

What is placenta encapsulation?

The placenta is an amazing organ!!! An amazing, temporary organ designed to help sustain your baby's life as s/he grows in your (amazing) uterus. Many animals after giving birth eat their babys placenta. Granted, their reasons may be a little different than ours to some degree; they eat their placentas in order to protect their young from predators. Nonetheless, Chinese Medicine supports and encourages the ingestion of a babys placenta after the birth for many reasons.

Benefits of placenta medicine...

  • boosts milk production
  • boosts hemoglobin (iron levels in mom)
  • stabilizes hormone shift
  • helps lessen postpartum depression and baby blues
  • boosts energy level
  • lessens bleeding after the birth (because of all the hormones in it)
  • supports uterus shrinking back down (which decreases bleeding)

Placenta encapsulation can be done via the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method or via the Raw Food method. TCM involves steaming the placenta with warming herbs such as ginger, cayenne and garlic, then dehydrating, grinding and encapsulating the placenta.  The Raw Food method skips the steaming process and the placenta is cut into small size pieces and dehydrated at 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Once dehydrated, the placenta is then ground up and encapsulated in the same way as the TCM method.  Placenta medicine can also be consumed by taking it as a tincture or by being cut into cube's and frozen to be added to smoothies.

I have assisted many women who have taken placenta medicine and most have said it made a dramatic difference with their postpartum transition, especially if they had had a previous birth and had not taken placenta medicine before.

Under the Resources page, you will find links sharing more information on placenta medicine.

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As a young child, I was always drawn to babies and I would want to touch pregnant women's bellies. In high school, it was suggested that I become an obstetric nurse to fulfill those desires. In 2003, at the age of 23, I was introduced to the work of doulas and I learned about their vital roles at births. Soon after, I took doula training with Gail Tully (spinningbabies.com) in Duluth, MN. After my first doula birth in 2004, I knew I wanted to be a midwife. I wanted the opportunity to hold space for women to have the births they truly desired. I wanted to see babies welcomed into the world in a more gentle way. I wanted the first imprint on them to be of love and trust, and I wanted to hold space for women to feel empowered from their experiences.

 "We have a secret in our culture, and it's not the birth is painful . It's that women are strong."

~Laura Stavoe Harm~ 

Soon after my epiphany moment of wanting to become a midwife, I began searching for a school that would offer the highest standard of midwifery education and that felt like a good fit for me. After a few months of researching what my options were, I quickly realized that Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR was the best fit for me.

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In 2005, I took a huge leap of faith and moved with my dog and our car full of belongings 2,000 miles away from where I grew up. This leap of faith was done with the intention of following my heart and starting midwifery school. In the Spring of 2008, I started midwifery school at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. I graduated from the program in December 2014. In August 2014, just before graduating, I passed an exam to become a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). My hands on clinical training began in 2010 at a high volume birth center in Portland, OR where I was blessed with the opportunity to assist at 60+ births over a two year commitment. 

Along with studying midwifery, I also learned the basic skills and knowledge of: well-woman care, homeopathy, nutrition, plant medicine, Chinese Medicine, basic massage techniques, well-woman care, and acupressure. To date, I am currently CPR and NRP certified.

Other interests and hobbies that keep me busy are: cooking whole foods; knitting, sewing by hand, fermenting foods, making ghee, reading, gardening, working towards living-off-grid, and spending as much time out in nature as I can.

It is my belief that a womans' body was designed to carry and birth babies safely. I believe pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period are sacred transitions in a woman’s life. It is my goal to foster an environment that allows each woman to find their inner strength, their inner wisdom and their ancestral knowledge for giving birth regardless of where they choose to birth their baby. 

Earth Roots Midwifery currently offers: midwifery & monitrice services, postpartum doula services, childbirth education classes, nutritional and fertility support, and holistic pelvic care based on Tami Kent's work.  I am also available as a resource to help guide you in the direction needed should you be looking for other services related to the childbearing years.

 

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Contacting Earth Roots Midwifery

Serena Lynch, CPM

Duluth, Mn

(218) 730-3636

earthrootsmidwifery@gmail.com

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