what does the follow-up care look like?  

this is a question people almost never ask! it’s hard to look ahead at what you’ll need after the birth when the birth itself seems so big and mysterious. home birth follow-up care is one of the best reasons to hire a midwife. you’ll be seen 1 day post-baby, 1 week post-baby and again at 3 weeks and 6-8 weeks. your midwife will help with breastfeeding, well-baby care, postpartum mood disorder screening, and check for complications such as high blood pressure, infection, hemorrhage, and mastitis. she can offer you a pap smear and family planning counseling at your final visit. your midwife will remain on call for you until your baby is eight weeks old.