Little Girl trying to listen to baby's heartbeat.
homebirth, labor and delivery, maternity, pregnancy, prenatal

What Does Family Centered Care Mean?

Student Midwife helping little girl listen to baby's heartbeat.

You may have seen me use that phrase on this website or on my social media.  You may have seen it somewhere else and are wondering what exactly is family centered care.  I have shared before about how we involve fathers in prenatal care and birth here at Comforts of Home Midwifery.  You can view that post here.  Dads aren’t the only ones.  We get the children involved whether it is using a stethoscope or Doppler to listen to baby, giving kids a set of gloves to wear during the prenatal or birth, help them to feel what position baby is in, and more.

 

 

 

Student midwife helping little girl feel baby's position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids helping at their sister's birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also tried to make our office a kid friendly atmosphere.  The office is decorated in bright, kid approved colors.  There are plenty of toys to play with.  The Lincoln Log train set is the big favorite around here.  We have coloring books and a kid sized table.

The Comforts of Home Midwifery office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Comforts of Home Midwifery play area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coloring table at Comforts of Home Midwifery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lincoln Log train set at Comforts of Home Midwifery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Were your children involved in your pregnancy or birth?  How so?  Are you interested in family centered care?  Find out more by contacting us to set up a free consultation.

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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds a Texas state license, is listed with the state of Oklahoma, and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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