Midwifery care and home birth with a naturally-minded, licensed, professional midwife is an option in Fairbanks, Alaska. Call today for your free consultation with Golden Heart Community Midwifery: (907) 799-0130
What Is Midwifery?
The art and science of midwifery is one of the world's oldest professions. Midwives provide complete maternity care from pre-conception counseling, complete prenatal care, 24-hour on-call service for labor and birth, postpartum care for parents and baby, lactation support, referrals, and community resources. The midwifery model of care is one that puts the client and their choices first. It is individualized and evidence-based. When one discovers midwifery, their eyes are opened to how empowering birth can actually be. Welcome to the truth that more and more people are becoming aware of: that birth with trained, professional midwives is respectful, safe, and sacred. What a wonderful way to start your parenting journey!
Professional Midwifery Services
Complete Maternity Care
Prenatal visits are every 4 weeks until 28 weeks pregnant, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until you begin labor. Prenatal visits are done in your home, and are as long as an hour, depending on your needs, leaving plenty of time for questions to be answered. You get the latest evidence-based information for you to make decisions that are right for you about all procedures, recommended tests, nutrition, exercise, and therapies. At every visit your blood pressure, baby's heart rate, growth, and your well-being are monitored, with time for relaxing bodywork after most appointments. I draw and order the standard obstetric labs, offering additional labs such as Vitamin D or Thyroid levels if desired. I provide attentive monitoring and safe, knowledgeable care for the most important day of your life: the birth of your child. I monitor and care for you and baby 4 to 6 hours after the birth, then provide homevisits at 24-36 hours, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks postpartum. See cost under forms and documents. Payment plans, most insurances, and Medicaid accepted.
Birth Pool Rental
All the supplies in one package for your water birth: inflatable pool, disposable liner, air pump, water pump, faucet adapter. You supply the clean hose. I deliver the supplies to you, cleaned and sanitized and I handle cleaning and sanitizing afterwards as well. The cost to rent the package is $85.
Pregnancy & Childbirth Classes
I offer an informative childbirth class series that is designed for first time parents. This is a unique class tailored especially for out of hospital birth. It is two sessions around three hours each, and scheduled at each participant's convenience. We cover recommended body movements and stretches, nutrition, emotions, anatomy, comfort measures, relaxation techniques, what actually happens during labor and birth, postpartum care, newborn care, and breastfeeding. It is candid, fun, and an invaluable way to arm yourself with knowledge about this amazing time in your life. The cost is $120 per couple.
Golden Heart Community Midwifery
Melanie Hansen, BSM, CDM, CPM
Homebirth Midwife Serving Fairbanks and Surrounding Areas
P.O. Box 61324
Fairbanks, AK 99706