Gentle Journey Midwifery

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Call or text:   (352) 372-4784 Serving Gainesville and surrounding areas.

We have a midwife serving gainesville, ocala, and surrounding areas

Interested in delivering your baby in a place that’s almost like home and has a knowledgeable and supportive staff? Our birthing center might be for you.  Giving birth at a birthing center and giving birth at a hospital differ in a number of ways. While a labor room in a hospital looks like, well, a room in a hospital, birthing rooms at a birthing center are much cozier and homey.   Most procedures that are standard or at least common in a hospital setting (such as continuous fetal monitoring, routine IVs and induction of labor) aren’t routine at a birthing center.

Our Birth center offers soft lighting, a queen bed (which means your partner can cuddle with you, if you’re up for it), a shower, a breath taking birth tub and a fully functional kitchen. Families are encouraged to personalize the room!
Our center always provides private rooms for expectant clients — whereas at a hospital, unless your insurance covers a private room (many don’t), you’ll be moved to a semi-private room after delivery.


You can walk around and be as active as you like, wear what you want, and give birth in whatever position feels most comfortable. You even get to eat a light meal or snack and drink during and after labor.  At a hospital, on the other hand, all food and fluids (except for ice chips) are usually a no-go, your movements will probably be limited (since there is usually continuous electronic fetal monitoring), and you’ll likely have to give birth lying on your back on the bed.


Families stay together. With a hospital delivery, your baby will be taken to a different room for his or her first checkup, and a few times more for other procedures. At a birthing center, however, unless he needs emergency care, your baby won’t be whisked off to another room after the birth (and family and friends won’t be sent away either — unless you want them to be). Everything — from preventative care to baby's first checkup — happens in the same room.


A shorter stay. Because fewer medications and medical interventions are involved, recovery time is shorter than at a hospital. Most families leave the center four to eight hours after birth, compared to 24 to 48 hours at a hospital. And a shorter stay means you’ll spend less money. 
Reduced risk of a C-section. The rate of C-sections for women who chose a birth center to deliver is 6% (compared to 26% for similar low-risk women in hospitals).
No epidural. Most birthing centers don’t give epidurals. Instead, they turn to alternative pain relief options, such as hydrotherapy, breathing exercises, massage and acupuncture. 

Newborn Evaluation

When it's time, a complete newborn examination including weight and length (those things which everyone seems to want to know) will be performed on the baby. We respect the closeness of a newborn and its mother, so the examination is done next to you.  This allows us to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns while still allowing for all those wonderful cuddles you've waited for.

What To Expect

OUR Birth Center

We believe home birth can be an amazing experience.  Some women feel more relaxed and safer in their own homes, which allows them to labor more comfortably. For these women, our wonderful and experienced birth team helps create that warm, supporting environment.  As a midwife, my expertise is in normal childbearing with a focus on promoting the natural progression of labor and birth.  Woman centered birth is important to me, and during the process of labor I look after you and your baby's health and provide individualized emotional and physical support in a warm and positive environment. With the goal of a safe delivery in mind, I will guide you through a positive birth experience, supporting your wishes and birth plan throughout the process as much as possible. After your baby is born, our birth team will stay with you for several hours. You and baby are closely monitored following birth, while still allowing for that all-important bonding that happens in the first hours.  It is our highest intention for you and your family that you have the time and space to bond and establish breastfeeding. After this we will monitor your physical well being, review your birth story, provide emotional support, and perform physical exams of you and your newborn. We offer you the option to birth in the comfort and privacy of your own home with your family surrounding you, along with the support of our loving and knowledgeable midwife and birth team.

 

  • Intermittent fetal monitoring
  • Encouragement of eating and drinking during labor
  • Freedom of movement during labor
  • Freedom of birth position
  • Immediate skin to skin
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • Lotus birth if desired
  • Honoring of the "Golden Hour" after birth 



Home Birth

Water has many benefits for a laboring woman and can facilitate a peaceful entrance into the world for baby.  Water enables relaxation, and using it during labor is no exception. Water has been known to reduce the intensity of labor and to make a laboring mother buoyant, as she moves with ease through the water. Most of all, water’s calming effect lends to a gentler birth, as baby transitions from its womb to a water world.

For the greatest pain relief in labor, the mother should be immersed in water, so it covers her belly completely. This creates buoyancy, which will counteract the weight of the belly and the pressure of the contractions. It is also much easier for the mother to move in water, making changing positions easier! Being immersed in the water allows for a natural increase in the body’s production of feel-good chemicals, such as oxytocin, which naturally decreases pain. A birth tub should be deep and have plenty of space for you to move and switch positions. Usually, there is also room for your partner to join you in the tub if so desired.

Water Birth