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Midwife newborn exam amherst homebirthWhy Homebirth

There are so many reasons why families choose to birth at home.

We often hear that people appreciate the ease and intimacy of being well-acquainted with their midwives. This goes hand-in-hand with the feelings of privacy and autonomy that you naturally enjoy as you labor in your own ‘territory’- the sanctuary of your home. Being on your own familiar turf clears the way for you to adjust to the novel sensations of labor and birthing.

Meet the Midwives
We were not obvious home birth people, in part because we had a wonderful first birth in the hospital. Our families were skeptical, and it seemed like a toss-up—we could have the birth in the hospital, or we could have the birth at home. But when we met Jessie and Michelle, it became clear that we wanted to have the birth with them, wherever that was. I am very confident that the ease and speed of my labor came from the ease and comfort of working with midwives whom I trusted so deeply. When I was laboring and uncertain of what I was feeling, they had such confidence in me (and I in them) that it gave me faith to follow what my body was feeling. Throughout the whole pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period, their care was phenomenal.
–Cecilia, Susannah’s Mom, Homebirth, July 2012

You may feel strongly that for a healthy and well-nourished person, birth is a healthy normal bodily process. From this point of view, it makes sense to be at home, to use low-tech, high-touch support while trusting one’s own biological wisdom.

happy new home birth momAnother perspective on birth is that it is a threshold of profound spiritual and emotional importance for birther, baby, and partner. Families who feel this way appreciate that their chosen home birth midwives are respectful, cooperative protectors of the family’s experience.

Whatever your reasons for considering a home birth with Warm Welcome, we are glad to enter this conversation with you. The foundation of great midwifery care is a true expression and understanding of your personal and family values, history, tender places and vision. Our role is to serve as experienced companions and guides, supporting your highest hopes and illuminating your own wisdom, courage, and strength.

Meet the Midwives

“Modern day midwifery is, at its core, about the transformative nature of deep relationship. To trust so deeply about the entry of another human into this world in such a time of fear is to create revolution, right in the comfort of your own home.”

S. May Vanderveer

“Every family deserves a Warm Welcome! ~ Todas las familias merecen una cálida bienvenida!”

Michelle L’Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife, Doula & Doula Trainer. (413) 858-5048. Supporting families in Western Massachusetts.

Serving Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Southhampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Hadley, Holyoke, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Greenfield, Conway, Turner’s Falls, Palmer, Leverett, Sunderland, Belchertown, South Hadley, Ashfield, Worthington, Chesterfield, Ware and the surrounding region.

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