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Prenatal care is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy. During this time, we also begin preparing for birth and postpartum. Midwifery care begins with an information-sharing consultation between the client and the midwife. Partners and support system members are welcome to join, and also attend further meetings to increase their own knowledge and understanding to support the mother and child. During the initial visit, time is spent getting to know the mother, partner, their plans, and answering any questions or concerns about midwifery care.
Prenatal visits will be scheduled for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy every four weeks. During the 28-36 week period, visits will be bi-weekly, and after 36 weeks onward until birth, the visits will be weekly.
Choice of Birth Place
As Onkwehon:we Midwives, we believe in the sovereign act of choosing a birthplace. Stemming from this belief, we support the choice of planned home birth as a safe option for healthy mothers. We provide full-spectrum midwifery care for planned home births. As Onkwehon:we Midwives, we pride ourselves in giving you the knowledge needed so that you can make an informed choice for a birthplace.
Labor and Birth
Midwives provide skilled clinical, physical, and emotional support during labor and delivery.
In the first few hours after birth there is immediate skin to skin contact followed by uninterrupted bonding and breastfeeding. There are also cultural aspects that could be included during the birth or after to create your ideal birth ceremony. We will continue to provide clinical monitoring, support, information and guidance throughout the first six weeks.
While we typically operate between the hours of 8:30-4:30, midwives will become available 24 hours a day (by phone) two weeks prior to birth and two weeks postpartum. Should a transfer of care is necessary, your midwife will still attend in a supportive role.
In the immediate hours after your birth, whether its in a birth center, hospital or home setting, we remain with you until such time that we are sure you and the baby are well. Postpartum visits will take place at home on the 1st, 3rd, and 7th day, then 2 weeks and 4 weeks after birth. The 6th-week postpartum visit and those thereafter will take place at the midwifery clinic.
If clients have questions or concerns that cannot wait for a scheduled postpartum visit, clients can call the clinic and speak to a midwife.
Moon Time (Puberty) Teachings & Sexual Health Education
Traditional Moon Time Teachings
As part of our Onkwehon:we Traditions, we pass on the sacred knowledge of Moon Time ( Puberty) Teachings to the upcoming generations to better understand their spiritual and emotional connection to Our Grandmother Moon.
Sexual Health Education, Counseling and Support
OMC hosts Sexual Health Education Workshops and Presentations in the community to better our young peoples’ understanding of sexual health and safety. We are here to help you with any sexual health concerns or questions that you may have.
Thinking about starting a family or considering a new addition? We are excited to help you through the beginning stages of family planning with preconception counseling! We can discuss your family planning needs and help guide you.
Traditional Holistic Medicines
As Onkwehon:we Midwives, we believe in the healing power of traditional remedies and herbal medicines and take pride in our traditional knowledge. We offer traditional medicine workshops; encompassing everything from locating herbs in the wild to cultivation and their uses as medicine. We also carry products to suit your herbal remedy needs.
After our initial postpartum counseling, we offer one-on-one breastfeeding support for the first year of life for the new baby. We are happy to offer support and counseling so that you feel comfortable and prepared to nurse your baby.
Well Woman Care
In order to protect the vitality of our women in our community, we offer many well woman care services. We offer appointments for pap screening, breast exams, and routine sexual health screening for women throughout the lifespan.
Car Seat Safety
Protection of our next generation is important to us and we believe that car seat safety is one precaution we can utilize. We provide car seat safety clinics and one-on-one car seat installation sessions so that you can take your little ones on car adventures. We want everyone to drive away from the session with peace of mind in knowing that their little ones are safe while riding in vehicles.
Our Onkwehon:we culture and way of life is important to us, so we are pleased to offer cultural workshops for our community members to participate in and enjoy. From traditional teachings to traditional art, our workshops are designed to reinvigorate traditional ways and protect our culture through the sharing of knowledge.
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