& Frequently Asked Questions
Tiffany provides comprehensive home birth midwifery services to growing families in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, several military bases, and the surrounding areas.
Tanya provides the same services as an advanced student under the supervision of a registered midwife.
Where to start:
Your care starts with requesting a free consultation with Tanya (student midwife) or Tiffany (CPM, RM) via the contact form. At this consultation, you will be given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the midwife/student of your choice, ask any questions you have, learn about her training and experience, and get a feel for who she is as an individual.
You may also wish to bring along a loved one, your partner, and/or your other children so everyone can ask their own questions. During this time, the midwife will encourage you to share your story and desires for your birth as well. This gives her a chance to get to know you a little, and get a sense for what you might need as a client.
She will also give you a light information packet with a Mandatory Disclosure, Curriculum Vitae, Financial Agreement, and Summary of Services, along with some other information that may be of interest to you and your partner. If you choose to hire a Preparing for Birth midwife/student for your home birth, let her know within two weeks or so, and she will schedule your first prenatal visit. For most pregnancies, this appointment is at approximately 12 weeks.
What midwifery care with PFB looks like:
Your midwife/student offers the same standard of care you will find in any other environment, but home birth midwifery looks very different. Not only will she check on you and your baby’s physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well. Your midwife will spend a large portion of your appointments just visiting with you, getting a feel for how you and your family are really doing, and offering help and input for your unique situation.
Offering holistic suggestions for anything that concerns you, from mild heartburn to stress management, is another priority. While your midwife is not a therapist, she deeply values building a healthy relationship of trust with you and your family, which increases safety for you and your baby in home birth care.
Each in-office visit is approximately one hour. Your midwife/student will perform all physical assessments for you and your baby and answer any questions or concerns you have. Be sure to keep a notebook with you to write down questions you have! She will also visit your home at around 36 – 37 weeks to make sure you, your family, and your living space are ready for your home birth.
There are four to six visits in the six weeks following delivery. Your midwife/student will perform a variety of normal clinical checks for both mom and baby at each appointment. The first two occur in your home, with the remaining visits at the PFB office. At these visits, she will again make sure that you and your baby are healthy in every way.
Labor, Childbirth & Immediate Postpartum:
Your midwife and her team, which includes another midwife and an assistant, usually arrives in response to your call or text sometime during active labor, depending on the situation. They all stay with you until both you and baby are stable — around two hours or a little longer after birth. Your team is there primarily to provide safety, but also to offer support, guidance, and encouragement.
After birth, the baby is placed skin-to-skin with you, and all clinical care is done in your arms or next to you on the bed. If you need help, they will assist you in initiating breastfeeding.
Your midwife and her team will clean everything up, make sure you eat, and tuck you and your family into bed before heading home.