Prenatal Care

Heritage Birth Center staffs direct-entry and nurse midwives who are primary health care professionals and provide comprehensive care to healthy women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

Prenatal 2 Midwifery care is based on promoting health and dealing preventatively to avoid or minimize problems. Women being cared for by midwives are active participants in their own health care. Our clients employ a number of methods to achieve a optimal pregnancy working with accupunturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.

Our midwives work within a scope of practice governed by the state of AK (AS 08.65 and regulations 12 AAC 14) and consult with other health care providers when appropriate. Midwives provide care for women anticipating normal, low risk pregnancy and birth. Licensed midwives can order routine pregnancy laboratory tests, such as blood work and ultrasounds. We also do ongoing screening of the well being of clients and newborns. Most pregnancies, births and postpartum periods are normal and do not require consultation outside of midwifery care.

Prenatal 1

Midwifery visits begin when pregnancy is confirmed and end about six to eight weeks postpartum. Visits occur monthly until the eighth month, then twice monthly until the last month, then weekly until delivery. Appointments are approximately 45 minutes and include physical assessment of mother and baby (B/P, urinalysis, and fetal growth etc.). Midwives provide full care to clients and their babies until 6 weeks after the birth. You can expect to be visited several times after your baby is born. The first visit will be the day after the birth of your baby and then 24 hrs after your milk comes in. The next visits will be at 2, 4 and 6 weeks.