Deanna Norris

"Primary Midwife Under supervision"

 That intimate moment where mother meets baby for the first time. Photo courtesy of  Cressida Photography. 

That intimate moment where mother meets baby for the first time. Photo courtesy of Cressida Photography. 

 

When you ask me about becoming a midwife...

I can tell you this is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding journeys I've ever adventured on. To me, being a midwife is intrinsically rooted in serving women and families who want to have autonomy over their birth experiences while remaining low-risk under the watchful eye of a community midwife. My goal as a midwife is to serve my community with evidence-based, heart-centered care while meeting the family's goals in child birthing. This idea comes to fruition when a trusting, open partnership is formed between family and midwife. I believe in your body's innate ability to grow and birth a baby. I am honored to support you, and care for you, in that journey.

I'm proud to offer holistic care for low-risk clients seeking home birth or birth center birth, who remain low-risk throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Referrals are available as needed. My care is inclusive, welcoming families of all race, faiths, belief systems, background, family dynamics, sexual orientations, and gender identifications. I happily offer support for water birth, women over 35, non-traditional family structures, late to care transfers, among other situations. 

 Image courtesy of  Cressida Photography.  

Image courtesy of Cressida Photography. 

What does midwifery care look like?

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Prenatal care:

  • 24-hour access to midwife team throughout the course of care
  • Initial exam includes any needed lab work, referrals, and review of your personal health information. 
  • Thirty to sixty minutes are allotted for every prenatal appointment to ensure all of your questions are answered. 
  • Prenatal appointments are monthly until 28 weeks, bimonthly until 36 weeks, and weekly until birth. (schedule may be adjusted based on client needs, at no additional charge)
  • Evidence based research provided regarding available prenatal  screenings for informed consent or refusal.
  • Individualized education for your specific pregnancy and postpartum needs. 
  • Whole food based nutritional education, herbal support, recommended supplementation, and food aversion assistance.
  • Referral to other providers as needed.
  • Expert monitoring of your health and baby’s wellbeing by-
    • Evaluating maternal vital signs, weight gain, fundal height, and prenatal nutrition
    • Monitoring fetal growth, activity, and position
    • Ordering standard prenatal lab work, additional lab work as needed, & ultrasounds (could include dating ultrasound, mid-pregnancy ultrasound, additional ultrasounds based on fetal growth and development)  
 Photo courtesy of  Cressida Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cressida Photography.

Labor and Immediately Postpartum:

  • Currently, the team includes one of my preceptors (Certified Professional Midwife), a secondary CPM, and myself to provide you and your baby with the safest care possible. This ensures one provider is available for you and one for your newborn baby, while the third team member expertly charts all stages of labor and birth, as well as provides support to the hands-on providers. 
  • Team is available at onset of labor, bringing all the equipment needed to care for you and your newborn.
  • Team will monitor fetal well-being, maternal health, and labor progress in the comfort of your home.
  • Support for water birth or land birth.
  • Labor support techniques, including natural pain relief, pain management, and optimal fetal positioning to ensure a calm birthing environment.
  • Use of holistic comfort measures, as desired, including hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupressure, and essential oils.
  • Immediate skin to skin bonding with your newborn, delayed cord clamping, physiologic birth of the placenta, and expert breastfeeding support for a peaceful and successful postpartum. 
  • Complete, respectful newborn exam for baby next to you. Newborn exam records are available for your pediatrician as requested. 
  • Quick and efficient suturing for most vaginal lacerations. 
  • Herbal bath for mom, if desired
  • Clean-up from labor and birth, including water birth pool and supplies.
  • In the rare case of a hospital transfer, the birth team will accompany you and continue to provide holistic birth support. 
 Photo courtesy of  Cressida Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cressida Photography.

Postpartum Care:

  • Home visit at 24-48 hours postpartum to check on the well-being of you and your infant, as well completion of the metabolic screen, CCHD screen, breastfeeding assistance, infant weight assessment, and addressing any questions or concerns. 
  • Office visit for you and baby at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. More visits available as needed for continued support. 
  • Breastfeeding support from myself, or referrals to other providers as needed. 
  • Monitoring of baby’s growth and maternal recovery.
  • Birth certificate and social security paperwork filed within the first week postpartum.
  • Provide information and resources for newborn testing, such as metabolic screen (PKU), PulseOx (CCHD) screen, & hearing screening.
  • Review of your birth experience, answering questions and filling in time-lines of events. Review includes any needed referrals for postpartum mood disorders, or traumatic events related to your birthing experience.
  • Well-woman exam, including pap available at your 6 week visit, as desired. 
  • Education on holistic family planning methods, as desired.
  • Infant weight checks and lactation support available outside of scheduled postpartum appointments. 
  • Referrals for other providers, such as pediatricians

**for complete list of current preceptors (Certified Professional Midwives), please click the "Book Here" link below. Thank you! 

I look forward to working with you! Book here!