Prenatal Care

At Hatch Midwifery, we are dedicated to providing you with personalized and compassionate prenatal care, tailored to meet your unique needs and preferences.

Did you just pee on a stick and find out you are pregnant? Or are you well into your pregnancy and feeling uninspired by your current prenatal care?

No matter where you are in your pregnancy journey, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Why Choose Hatch Midwifery for Your Prenatal Care?

We understand that every pregnancy is unique, and so are your needs and preferences. Our midwives take the time to get to know you, your health history, and your desires, crafting a customized prenatal care plan that suits you perfectly.

Your care will start with three 60-minute visits spaced about a month apart (closer together if you’re joining us later in your pregnancy). These visits focus on getting to know you and what you need from your prenatal care as well as reviewing all the standard prenatal testing.

The rest of your visits will be a combination of 60-minute and 30-minute visits, which will allow more time at the right times in pregnancy to ask questions and have meaningful discussions.

Our team of compassionate midwives is with you every step of the way, providing expert guidance, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns promptly.

We believe in nurturing both your physical and emotional well-being throughout your pregnancy journey. From personalized nutrition and wellness counseling to preparing for postpartum and beyond, we cover all aspects of your well-being.

We’re more than just prenatal care providers. We educate and empower you with newborn care tips, child preparation, labor coping practice and lactation preparation. At Hatch Midwifery, you’ll be part of a loving and supportive community.

Your Prenatal Care: What to Expect

There is no one right way to eat and nourish yourself in pregnancy. We will carefully consider your dietary preferences and craft a plan for nutrition that feels good for you. We will also review self-care and exercise practices that fit your lifestyle.
We will complete a comprehensive medical history review with you as well as a pregnancy and postpartum plan around your specific health needs. Whether you have chronic health concerns or healthcare experiences that have you feeling worried, we will have an opportunity to discuss all of it and make sure any ongoing treatment needs fit your desires.
We will complete a comprehensive medical history review with you as well as a pregnancy and postpartum plan around your specific health needs. Whether you have chronic health concerns or healthcare experiences that have you feeling worried, we will have an opportunity to discuss all of it and make sure any ongoing treatment needs fit your desires.
Often times newly pregnant people have limited or no experience with birth and don’t even know what options are available to them. We spend time reviewing options, common interventions, and your feelings about all of this and then craft a birth preferences document for you to use during your labor and birth.
Individualized counseling on encouraging labor if needed. If your labor goes beyond 40 weeks and you are eager to help encourage your little one to join you on the outside, we will discuss safe and effective methods for encouraging labor when the time comes.
There is no one right way to eat and nourish yourself in pregnancy. We will carefully consider your dietary preferences and craft a plan for nutrition that feels good for you. We will also review self-care and exercise practices that fit your lifestyle.
We will complete a comprehensive medical history review with you as well as a pregnancy and postpartum plan around your specific health needs. Whether you have chronic health concerns or healthcare experiences that have you feeling worried, we will have an opportunity to discuss all of it and make sure any ongoing treatment needs fit your desires.
Whether this is your first time caring for a newborn, or it’s just been a while, we will review infant care topics including safe sleep habits, caring for a sick infant, diaper changing, burping, car seats and more.
Often times newly pregnant people have limited or no experience with birth and don’t even know what options are available to them. We spend time reviewing options, common interventions, and your feelings about all of this and then craft a birth preferences document for you to use during your labor and birth.
Our society places a lot of value on the pregnancy and birth of a child, without much attention to postpartum. This is similar to the way we focus on the wedding celebration without much consideration of the marriage. When, in fact, the postpartum and the raising of the child (much like the marriage) is the more complex experience, needing more support. We spend time planning for the postpartum based on your needs, your cultural practices, and your family and support dynamics.

What Testing Is Included

Your care will include standard testing that you would receive at a hospital-based practice, including:

  • In-office blood draws. There are several routine blood draws that are a part of standard prenatal care. We can do all of these, including genetic testing blood draws, in the clinic. Occasionally, we may need to refer you to a local lab if you require specialty testing.
  • Lab tests. We offer several in-office lab tests, including vaginal testing for yeast or other vaginal infections, urine testing for signs of infection or other pregnancy-related concerns and others.
  • Ultrasounds. We can use our in-office ultrasound to confirm and date a pregnancy, check for position (important towards the end of pregnancy), and to assess fluid levels (also important towards the end of pregnancy). Formal ultrasounds, like the 20-week anatomy ultrasound will be done at your chosen hospital’s ultrasound facility, but we will gladly make the referral for you.
  • Checks of your growing belly and baby’s heart rate. We will begin monitoring the growth of your belly in your first trimester. We will listen to your baby’s heart rate using a hand-held doppler device or a fetoscope at each visit after about 11 weeks. The ultrasound machine can be used to visualize the heartbeat before 11 weeks.
  • In-office antenatal testing, if needed. Antenatal testing uses a heartrate monitor and ultrasound machine to assess the baby’s wellness and the health of your placenta. This test is used most commonly after a pregnancy has gone beyond 41 weeks. Antenatal testing is included in your care if your pregnancy goes beyond 41 weeks. If you desire earlier antenatal testing (sometimes recommended for older first-time parents or pregnant people with certain conditions), this can be arranged. 

Our Supportive Community

At Hatch Midwifery we strongly believe in the powerful support that is provided by a group of your peers.

During your prenatal care you will have many opportunities to engage with other families expecting babies around the same time as you.

Group offerings included in prenatal care include:

  • Group prenatal classes. Six group prenatal classes, focusing on childbirth preparation, labor coping practices, postpartum and lactation preparation, and emotional and physical wellness.
  • Weekly walks. Hosted weekly walks with other pregnant families (older siblings are welcome!) in nearby Golden Gate Park. You are welcome to come to any of them at any point in your pregnancy.
  • Group baby shower. A hosted group baby shower (once a season), where we will be able to enjoy each other’s company, play some silly games, take some pictures, and celebrate the birth of your baby together.

We know that your questions and concerns aren’t always limited to business days. Your prenatal care includes phone, text, and email access to a midwife seven days a week. If you need urgent care, we can see you on an as-needed basis or help coordinate a visit with a hospital provider if that is more appropriate.

No matter what, our goal is to make you feel supported throughout your entire pregnancy journey.

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