Our dream is to provide families the opportunity to participate in the birth of their children without drugs and without trauma. Birthing with First Breath is a safe, natural birthing choice whether in your home or in our birthing center. We respect your autonomy in birthing and parenting choices and strive to provide the safest option possible for your choices.
We work with mom and the family to create a family birth plan while addressing any concerns about the birthing process. We strive to include husbands, mothers, sisters, or any other family members in the birthing plan because it’s very much an individualized experience. You make the decision to have your baby in your home or have the opportunity to use our birthing facility. We support the family in decisions regarding baby’s health; we listen and offer education without any undue pressure or intimidation.
Sharing the experience of gently greeting your newborn is an honor and we value your trust. Following your family birth plan, we oversee your wishes throughout the labor to make the experience relaxing and free of distractions or interventions. The family is cared for as a whole keeping mommies and babies together at every opportunity. Newborns or placed directly on the mother’s chest following the birth and allowed to stay there throughout the newborn exam. Umbilical cords are allowed to fully oxygenate the newborn and are only cut at parents’ request.
We understand that babies and parents have a heightened ability to bond in the first hours postpartum. Bonding of the family helps reduce any incident of abuse, neglect, postpartum depression, breastfeeding difficulties, stress, infection/disease, sibling rivalry, and even divorce. We honor this sacred time by encouraging skin to skin contact with the newborn and keeping the atmosphere dimly lit, quiet, warm and free of additional stress. We often offer an herbal bath for moms and newborns. Newborn care, such as weighing the baby, bathing or clothing the newborn are either done by the family themselves or by us only with parental permission.