Kimm Sun, NP, CNM

Homebirth Midwifery
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Kimm Sun, NP, CNM

Homebirth Midwifery
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About Kimm Sun, NP, CNM

Homebirth Midwifery

COMPONENTS OF THE MIDWIFERY CARE


The medical aspect is only part of the midwifery care.  Visits are opportunities to get to know you.  To work on the various facets of pregnancy that is generally under-attended.  To make you feel knowledgeable, involved and connected to your changing body and ever growing baby.


BLOOD WORK, ULTRASOUNDS, SCREENING


Blood work, ultrasounds and Fetal/Maternal testings are ordered according to standard obstetric care protocols in the US. 


MONITORING BABY AND MOTHER'S HEALTH


Every visit, you and your baby's health are evaluated for normalcy. We listen to the baby's heart , measure and touch your belly, and take your vitals.   We discuss your activity and nutrition, and how you are faring


OPTIMAL FETAL POSITION
A pregnant woman who holds herself in the right way, allows baby to enter the pelvic inlet in the best position for birth (head down, facing back towards her sacrum, with the chin tucked in - what we call the "flexed occiput anterior position").   We will make adjustment to how you move and rest in your daily routine as needed.  We use simple tools such as seat wedges and a birthing ball of the right size for your height.  The additional advantage implementing the Optimal Fetal Positioning is that it generally helps the mother feel more comfortable, too.   


​PREPARING FOR YOUR LABOR


- attending birth classes & reading books for first time parents


- getting your birth kit


- learning how to prepare your home  for the birth


- obtaining a birthing pool if desired


- gathering your support team


- understanding the anatomy of birth to help you visualize


ACUPUNCTURE


Offered in late pregnancy and in labor where needed.


PRINCIPLES OF LABOR AND BIRTH


- the midwife monitors the mother & baby for safety


- the woman should feel protected & supported


- the woman can eat & drink during labor


- instinctual movements &  positions are encouraged


- IV fluids are not routinely needed


- membranes are not routinely ruptured


- protecting the perineum from tearing is vigilantly observed


- the cord should be allowed to pulsate without interruption


- holding the baby uninterrupted is beneficial for mother and baby


POSTPARTUM


Preparations for postpartum begins in the prenatal period, as we discuss how you can get support and help, particularly in the first weeks after birth.  I will check  you, weigh and examine your baby and assist you with breastfeeding after the birth. You will have at least 4 visits ending in the sixth week where we make sure you have healed, and discuss contraception, sexual activity, physical activity, and your future gynecological care.


BREASTFEEDING


Success achieved through systemic approach:


- correct latch and baby holding


- Understanding foremilk and hindmilk principle


- Knowing how to assess baby's intake amount


- Confidence, patience and preserverance in the colostrum phase








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