Our role as midwives practicing the Midwives Model of Care is to support women / families in their pregnancy, labor, and birth. We work with her to promote a healthy pregnancy, and provide education to help make informed decisions about her own care*. Together with our clients, we carefully monitor the progress of the pregnancy and labor, and recommend appropriate management if complications arise. The key elements of this education, monitoring, and decision making process are based on Evidenced-Based Practice and Informed Choice. In order to make informed choice decisions in a timely manner, we strive to provide you with information regarding your options in a way that naturally flows with the progression of your prenatal, birth, and postpartum period. *The following information is intended to be a decision making resource for Fruitful Vine Ministeries/Kathy Brace, CPM,  clients.  We make it available for the general public so that it may serve others who are seeking information.  Please consult your provider about any questions you have about your care.

Prenatal Care

As you begin care with Kathy Brace, CPM you will be given opportunities to discuss options for a wide variety of prenatal screening that is currently available through the standard medical maternity model of care. Most tests or procedures that are available to pregnant women today carry with them likelihoods for further testing, treatments, or interventions that we will encourage you to consider prior to making your decisions. Risks and benefits usually exist for the choice to test or treat a condition as well as the choice to decline testing or treatment. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision that makes sense or that is appropriate for you and your baby.

Postpartum Care

We are available to help establish breastfeeding and bonding with the new baby and family. We will do the newborn exam, and also refer to a Doctor when needed. We also do the following:  fill out the birth certificate for the state of Kansas,  perform the newborn screening, and provide follow-up care for mom and baby for two months after the birth or any other time. We are there to answer questions and give help as needed.

RHOGAM FOR RH NEGATIVE WOMEN

Postpartum Rhogam is a vaccine that is recommended by the medical model to be given within 72 hours of birth to all women who have a Rh negative blood type and a Rh positive newborn. Our practice can direct you in obtaining this vaccine.

Newborn Care

As new parents, you will soon become familiar with this process of interpreting outside information and combining it with your personal beliefs as you make decisions about every aspect of your child’s life. Together with your family doctor, we can help you with information and advice regarding the healthcare needs of your newborn baby…the next 18  or more years will be up to you!