In service to the magic and the labor of birth

Two Rivers Midwifery

After offering home birth services since 2002, our practice is no longer accepting new clients. Please contact us for a recommendation of other midwives.

We offer personalized and respectful home birth care. We work as a team of two skilled midwives, supporting and guiding you through your pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Our initial consultation is free. We’re happy to talk about your plans and options for prenatal care, birth and beyond. We are honored to share in the growth of your family.

Our Care

We work with families of all structures, cultures, and faiths.  We are LGBTQ affirming.

Midwifery care is individualized and respectful care. During our visits we feel your baby and listen to their heartbeat, take your blood pressure, and ask questions that help us ensure that things are progressing normally and there are no signs of complications but these things are just a small part of our prenatal care.

Prenatal care takes time and a commitment to excellent care for growing families. We spend time in each visit answering your questions, sharing information about pregnancy, birth, and babies, and getting to know you.  We believe in building a deep, trusting relationship with our clients. We want to know how best to serve you. We want you to feel safe in our care when you are most vulnerable. Prenatal visits should help prepare you for one of the most intimate and powerful events of your life.

Parenthood takes us beyond what we already know. With each pregnancy we descend into the unknown and reemerge – reborn as new parents. This rite of passage deserves our time and attention. We provide ample opportunities for you to process your hopes, fears, dreams and plans as you approach parenthood – for the first time or the fifth time. We are good listeners. We believe that excellent prenatal care addresses the needs of partners, children and extended family members.

Nutrition, movement, herbal remedies, and lifestyle guidance

Prenatal care is really what you do for yourself between visits, but we don’t expect you to figure it all out on your own. We give you the tools you need for optimal self-care during your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Many of the common discomforts, complaints and complications of pregnancy can be avoided or alleviated with proper nutrition, supplements, herbs, improved body mechanics, bodywork, or exercise. We also make appropriate referrals to other health care providers when indicated.

We are honored to share in the growth of your family.

Home Birth

Home birth is both normal and profound. Birth at home allows a woman or birthing person to labor and give birth in her own best way with minimal intervention in a familiar environment. When we arrive at the home of a laboring person we strive to maintain an unobtrusive presence while attending to the health and safety of the birthing parent and baby. We watch, we listen, we feel, we wait, we evaluate.  Sometimes we knit.  When something needs to be done we do it. When nothing needs to be done we allow things to unfold naturally. We are attuned to the process. When a woman needs continuous hands-on labor support we provide it. When a birthing person needs to be left alone we leave the room. We reassure laboring mothers and their loved ones when things are progressing normally. We love how home birth allows our clients to give birth in their own unique ways!

Gentle Welcoming for Babies

We strive to create a gentle, loving, respectful welcoming for each new baby. There is mounting scientific evidence for what we have known all along. Babies are curious, aware, sentient beings. They feel and express a full range of human emotions. We handle babies tenderly and respectfully. We evaluate our care procedures from a baby’s point of view – always looking for ways to give babies what they really need from their midwives. We take this responsibility seriously. We know that the experience of birth and welcoming stays with babies for the rest of their lives.

We help loved ones participate with confidence.

Home birth means you and your support people are in familiar, comfortable spaces and can feel confident that they are welcome and central to the process. We provide information and reassurance for support people to provide direct support and reassurance to the laboring woman. We regularly evaluate what we do and don’t do at a birth. It used to be that the midwives caught the babies. As the years pass an increasing number of our clients or their partners are catching their own babies while we provide any needed technical guidance. Most women labor instinctively and more efficiently when they are undisturbed or attended by an intimate partner. If all is well, we favor the less-is-more approach and focus on helping a birthing person and her loved one(s) be the active participants in the process.