Foothills Midwifery has practice guidelines surrounding Covid precautions that will hopefully ensure people feel safe as well as still honoring the embodiment of empowered, choice-centered care.
While we do recognize the importance of higher scrutiny of protection during this time, we also want you to feel that you have options. Many people are specifically seeking out midwifery care, or out of hospital birth, to both avoid the high stakes that are being placed on pregnant people and their families during this time, along with still feeling like their values of birth are being upheld.
Homebirths & Birth Center Births
Your midwifery care team will wear masks but will not ask the birthing person to do so. Partners and other birth support team members are encouraged to wear masks but we understand that prolonged periods can be uncomfortable so are understanding if this is not preferential.
The number of people at your birth do not need to be restricted, we will try to social distance from people who are not wearing masks and encourage the family to have a limited amount of people there. In order to reduce our risk of exposure as birth professionals, we will wear N95s to births.
In-person appointments are encouraged at every other visit, alternating with a virtual visit.
In person appointments offered at: 10-12 weeks, 20 weeks, 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 36 weeks, 38 weeks, 40 weeks, 40+ weeks.
Virtual appointments offered at: 16 weeks, 24 weeks, 30 weeks, 34 weeks, 39 weeks.
Virtual appointments are not required, although there are some perks to virtual visits: We get to see each other without masks, less commuting, and reduced risk of exposure to Covid.
While in the building, we ask that everyone wear masks or a face covering. If it is not possible to wear a face covering during appointment, an outdoor area with a patio table and chairs has been set up so clients and family members can be mask-free.
If you would like to elect for an indoor appointment and cannot wear a mask, we have blocked off the last appointment of each appointment day. When you schedule your appointment, select the option to have a no-mask appointment. Your midwife will be wearing an N95 throughout the appointment.
Your midwifery care team will wear masks but do not expect people to wear masks in their own homes, unless it is their preference to do so.
We are currently using washed sheets on the furniture that gets used with every new appointment and sanitizing with a covid-approved antiseptic produce on all surfaces that were used (handles, scales, doorknobs, light switches, equipment). The office also uses three air purifiers with UV light which is proven to reduce viral toxins in the environment.
If you have any further questions about the covid practices and guidelines that Foothills Midwifery implements, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Terah, LM, CPM