Prenatal care with BloomWell can begin during any trimester of your pregnancy. In order for appropriate risk assessment and continuity of care to happen, the earlier you can establish your care with us the better! Keep in mind that we have a limited number of openings for birth care each month, so the earlier in pregnancy you establish care, the more likely you are to get one of these spots.
Prenatal appointments at BloomWell are scheduled according to the standard recommendation for minimum standards of care. Our prenatal appointments are much longer than you may find at a traditional provider's office, however! We plan for each appointment to take at least 30 minutes and include a weight and vitals check as well as listening to your baby's heartbeat and measuring your uterus manually.
Each prenatal appointment provides great opportunity to discuss birth preferences, educational needs, pregnancy concerns, and anything else you may want to cover with your midwife at length!
The following appointments are automatically included in your care:
Prenatal care includes discussion and offering of all major prenatal labs, screenings, testing, and interventions based on your individual needs and desires, including;
Risks are continuously reassessed throughout pregnancy and consultation or collaboration with an obstetrician or maternal fetal medicine specialist may be needed to continue your care with BloomWell and to confirm or rule out risks that may preclude birth center birth.
Your needs for your care during birth vary according to the progression of your particular birth. Contact with your midwife when you think you are in labor will help determine when you should arrive at the birth center--once you arrive at the birth center, we will assess your vital signs, your baby's heart tones, and your labor progress. Admission to the birth center is a collaborative decision between you and your midwife based on your personal labor progression. Once we've determined together that labor is well-established, we will help you get settled into your birth suite.
Your birth assistant will:
Your midwife will:
Immediately after baby arrives:
48 Hours After Baby Arrives:
2 Weeks After Baby Arrives:
Six Weeks After Baby Arrives