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Midwifery Care

Midwives are highly trained medical professionals who support women as they go through the natural process of pregnancy and childbirth. Choosing a midwife can help you put your well-being at the forefront, as well as increase your chances of having a more personal, natural birth experience.

Midwifery Model of Care

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

  • providing the mother/birthing parent 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/birthing people who require obstetrical attention.

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

Andrea Reed

PRIMARY MIDWIFE UNDER SUPERVISON

I am Andrea Reed, owner of It Takes a Village. I am from Gary, IN and relocated to Dallas in 2015. I have always had a passion for birth as a child and wanted to be an OBGYN, but it wasn't until my own birthing experience that I decided to start my journey into the natural birth world as a doula and then midwifery. I have been a doula since 2016, and I have served over 100 families all across the DFW metroplex and other states. I have four beautiful children whom I have all birthed naturally. I am a Midwifery student at Southwest Technical College and hope to be licensed by the end of 2022. With every family I serve, my goal is to support and educate them so they can be confident in themselves to have the birth that they desire. I have attended many different variations of birth including VBACS, breech birth, and twins. 

As of November 2021, I am now able to accept midwifery clients as Primary Student Midwife under Supervision. What this means for your care, is that you will help me on my journey to become a midwife while receiving exceptional care from me and the licensed midwife I work under. Dr. Cheryl Edinbyrd, LM, CPM of the Tree of Life Birth Counseling and Wellness Center is the overseeing Primary Midwife. 

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What Midwifery Care 
looks like

Prenatal Visits

  • Review of medical history and physical exam

  • Prenatal exam to assess mom and baby

  • Routine blood Work throughtout pregnancy

  • Options for glucose testing

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Address any  questions

  • Sonograms including 20-wk anatomy scan

  • Birth team meeting

  • Birth Planning Sessions

  • An abundance of resources

  • Childbirth Education

  • Unlimited access to birth team

  • Breastfeeding counseling

      Postpartum Care

  • 2 day postpartum visit for mom and baby

  • Full newborn exam and newborn screening

  • 2 week and 6 week postpartum visit

  • Optional pap done at 6 weeks

Labor & Birth

  • Access to your midwife through

  • early labor

  • Physical and emotional support throughout labor

  • Doula support that is included in care

  • Continuous monitoring of you and your baby in active labor

  • Freedom to move around, freedom to eat and drink

  • Comfort measures

  • Homeopathy, herbs and essential oils offered 

  • Ability to birth where you choose (water, bed, etc.)

  • Medications if necessary: IV fluids, antibiotics, oxygen, emergency medications

  • Herbal bath

  • Delayed cord clamping

  • Placenta encapsulaton

  • Newborn exam and birth certificate completion