WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BIRTH ROGUE?

When you enter care with Rogue Birth Center LLC, prepare yourself for a truly individualized experience!  Rogue midwives build a relationship of mutual respect with each family and discuss every aspect of care for informed decision making. We believe the birth of your baby is a normal, natural, and life-affirming celebratory event, and honor it as one of the most beautiful stages of life.  Expecting women and families deserve to be cared for with love, compassion, respect, and dignity throughout the entire journey and transformation of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Rogue Midwives truly believe it is our job to honor the whole family unit throughout this year of shift and adjustment while providing support & education.  Our goal to serve families of Southern Oregon with exceptional midwifery care!


Rogue midwives honor the "Midwives Model of Care" by:​


  • monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle

  • providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support

  • minimizing technological interventions and 

  • identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention


The application of this model has been proven to reduce incidences of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

One distinction unique to Rogue Birth Center LLC is continuity of care.  We make a commitment to you when you enter care with Rogue Midwives that we will care for you, all the way through your postpartum period.  You will know who is present at your appointments, who will be with you for your birth, and who will support you after the birth of your baby.

 

PRECONCEPTION COUNSELING

Planning to conceive, have questions about nutrition, or just want to interview our midwives to consider care with us?  Schedule a FREE appointment, bring your questions, and get to know us!

PRENATAL CARE

Every appointment is scheduled for 30-60 minutes of face-to-face time with your midwife!  This allows time to discuss questions and/or concerns and builds a trusting relationship.  We offer the same prenatal testing, laboratory work, and ultrasounds utilized by Obstetricians with respect to your informed choice about each procedure.  Appointments are scheduled once a month up to 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until birth.  We are on-call and available by phone for you 24 hours a day during your care with us. We work closely with a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Acupuncturist, Craniosacral Therapist, Massage Therapists, and Chiropractors to enhance your care.  Browse our shelves for books and dvds on conception, pregnancy, birth, parenting, and family bonding.  We offer these books to be checked-out and always welcome donations!

LABOR AND BIRTH

When labor begins, you and your Rogue Midwifery Team will determine when it's appropriate to come in.  We monitor medical, physical, emotional, and social health throughout your labor and birth and will encourage you to hydrate and eat when hungry. Care provided by experienced, skilled, licensed midwives and their assistants (your birth team) lasts the duration of labor and birth, and several hours postpartum.  Waterbirth, a gentle birth option, is also available. We encourage you to explore the option of bringing a doula for additional support.

POSTPARTUM CARE

Immediate postpartum care is provided by one or more members of your birth team.  When family bonding begins, we will step into the kitchen and prepare a hot meal to serve you and your partner in bed.  Rogue Midwives see families postpartum at 24 hours, 3 days, one, two, four, and six weeks postpartum. We continue to be available by phone and will see moms and babies more often if they need extra help breastfeeding or need extra attention for any other reason. Our practice performs a Newborn Hearing Screen, Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screen, and encourages and offers Oregon Lab Newborn Screening. At 6 weeks postpartum, we offer a well-woman exam including breast exam and a pap smear if desired, appropriate lab work, and educate you on family planning options. Our midwives are experts in Natural Fertility Awareness, but can also make recommendations for pharmaceutical birth control.  **We offer Placenta Encapsulation Services as well!!

EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

We love to educate families on pregnancy, labor, natural birth, breastfeeding, and natural parenting. Join us for these classes in-person or online (coming soon) to prepare for this new exciting stage of your life! Class enrollment at Rogue Birth Center LLC is open anyone in the community.  NOW OFFERING: Child and Infant CPR quarterly, open to anyone in the community (call to register).

WEEKLY MOM-N-ME GROUP

Join one of the Rogue midwives every Thursday at 11:30 for a weekly group of like-minded moms with your baby and grow community!  Open discussions about all that happens from birth through the first year.  Our Mom & Me group is open to anyone in the community and also offers free baby weight-checks, newborn hearing screenings, breastfeeding and cloth diapering support, and natural remedy recommendations.

MIDWIFERY STUDENT TRAINING

Rogue Birth Center LLC is committed to ensuring the continuation of the profession of midwifery. We therefore serve as a training site for student midwives and welcome students locally as well as all over the United States to train at our birth center!  Our facility is a registered training-site and our senior midwives are registered preceptors at many MEAC and non-MEAC midwifery schools throughout the country.

PLACENTA MEDICINE/ENCAPSULATION

We feel that every woman should have many options in her healthcare in the childbearing year. Placental encapsulation is a way to utilize your body’s own medicine. Each baby's placenta is an incredible gift to our babies and to us. Your placenta served as the lifeline to your baby, transporting hormones, nutrients, and many other vital necessities. Another way to continue honoring this wonderful gift is by using it as medicine. Using placental encapsulation is believed to:

  • Contain your own natural hormones

  • Be perfectly made for you

  • Balance your endocrine system

  • Replenish depleted iron stores

  • Give you more energy

  • Lessen bleeding in the postpartum period

  • Increase milk production

  • Help you have a happier postpartum period

  • Hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy size

  • Provide bio-identical hormone replacement during menopause


70% - 80% of women experience “Baby Blues” in their postpartum period and 10% suffer from a more serious condition called Postpartum Depression. “Baby Blues” are described as feelings of sadness, fear, anger, or anxiety occurring about 3 days after childbirth and usually fading after 1 week.


Postpartum Depression is described as intense feeling of sadness, anxiety, or despair after childbirth that interfere with a new mother’s ability to function and do not go away after a few weeks. Many women’s only option is pharmaceutical medication to treat postpartum depression. In some cases this is truly necessary but many women find that by being proactive and using placental encapsulation that they can prevent and help combat the symptoms of postpartum depression and the 'Baby Blues'.


After the birth of your beautiful baby and placenta, your placenta will be cleaned, steamed, and properly prepared for dehydration. Once dehydrated it is ground into a fine powder that is then carefully put into gel caps. During this process we treat your placenta with a great reverence for the wonderful gift that it is. Holding positive energy in the process in hopes that is passes to the medicine that is being created. The process takes approximately 48 hours to complete. Most placentas yield 100-150 capsules that can then be taken immediately to start reaping their benefits. Most women do not finish their capsules and save them for menopause, give them to their child during periods of adjustment, or create a tincture with them (which we can provide directions for).


This service is not exclusive to our clients but is available to families in the community. Your placenta will be processed by Maren Ervin whom has an active Josephine County Food Handler's License.  Maren has 6 years placental medicine encapsulation experience.  If a client of Rogue Birth Center LLC your placenta will be ready for you at the 3 days postpartum.  If you are not a client birthing with Rogue Midwives we will arrange for pickup and delivery after your birth. 


The cost to encapsulate your placenta is $190.00.   


If you would like this service please call us at 541-916-8333 to make arrangements.

CO-MANAGED AND/OR PARTIAL CARE

Our midwives can care for you in addition to another care provider in certain circumstances.  Co-managed care is a great, safe way to have a natural, low-risk birth.  Planning to move during your pregnancy or just not decided where you would like to birth?  We can see you for part of your prenatal care and provide records for you to relocate.  Have a safe and healthy beginning to your pregnancy with us until you make the decision where to birth, or transfer to our care anytime during your prenatal period (with proof of care if late in pregnancy and based on our availability).

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