Marcile has a lot of experience with birth! She is a specialist at supporting you through a natural non-interventive birth, yet she is highly qualified and prepared for emergencies.
The benefits of laboring and birthing in water are numerous to both you and your baby. Have your heart set on laboring or birthing in water? She has been delivering babies safely in the water since 1988
If your desire is to have your baby in your own home, Marcile is experienced in bringing the necessary equipment and safety to your environment. Prenatal visits are done in the BIRTHWISE clinic, with a home visit taking place a month before your due date.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Marcile loves helping women plan and achieve a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)! Over 90% of her clients intending a VBAC end up having a successful vaginal birth. Please take time to study information about the risks and benefits of vaginal birth and elective cesarean so you can make the healthiest choice possible for you and your baby.
Who is involved in a Home Birth?
Each birth is special and includes a unique set of needs for that special day. Below is a list of professionals that may be involved in a home birth.
Midwife means "with woman". Traditionally, women have attended and assisted other women during labor and birth.
Student Midwife or
Trained Birth Assistant
For safety reasons there is always a specially trained birth assistant, student midwife or a second midwife who attends each birth with your midwife. Both student and assistant are trained in emergency situations and are required to have current CPR and neonatal resuscitation certification. They may help monitor blood pressure, fetal heart tones, pulse & respiration or assist the midwife in monitoring baby & mama postpartum. They are there primarily to assist the midwife in ensuring mom and baby are doing well, and provide emotional and physical support to mom as able.
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and after childbirth. Doulas are trained professionals who understand the needs of mothers and their families during this time. Research has proven that continuous support from a doula during labor provides physical and emotional benefits for moms and babies. A doula is not a doctor, nurse or a midwife. She is not trained to make medical decisions. However, her training includes learning about the usual medical interventions so that she can explain them to parents and they can then make an informed choice regarding their care. Doulas offer support in hospitals, birth centers and at homebirths.
Home Birth Frequently Asked Questions
At BIRTHWISE MIDWIFERY CARE its important that you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for you and your family.
*Is home birth safe?
*What are the most common reasons for not being able to have a home-birth?
*Is home-birth messy?
*I live in an apartment. Can you do a home-birth in an apartment?
*Do I also need to see an obstetrician during my care with a midwife?
*How do you get a birth certificate and social security card for your baby when you have a home-birth?
*What if something goes wrong?
If you have and want answers to these and other questions please reach out to us by visiting the Contact page.
What equipment do you bring to the birth?
We bring everything that you would find in a free-standing birth center:
Oxygen and resuscitation bag/mask
Medications and herbs to stop heavy bleeding
Doppler for monitoring baby during labor
Blood pressure monitoring equipment
Vitamin K and Erythromycin eye ointment for baby
Suction to clear baby’s airway
Puls oximeter to monitor oxygen levels
Sterile instruments for birth
Sterile instruments and medication for suture if needed
Scales for weighing baby
Midwifery Model of Care
The Model of Care Matters
Social scientists who are experts in women’s health, reproduction, and maternity care have identified characteristics that define models of maternity care. In 1979 sociologist Barbara Katz-Rothman was the first to define the difference between the medical model and midwifery model of care. In 1992, medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd described the technocratic and holistic models of birth. Others have provided further clarification. Each model is different in terms of scientific, humanistic, economic and outcome efficiencies and deficiencies, as well as effect on providers and recipients of these models of care. What is important to note when reviewing models of maternity care is that each model relies on different skills, tools, language, underlying beliefs, interventions, and power relationships between patients and providers.