Bella Vie offers a full package for the childbearing-year, including:
- Prenatal care – Read more »
- Advice on herbal remedies
- Advice on homeopathic remedies
- Nutritional counseling
- Blood work (labs will be sent out and billed for separately)
- Resources for the pregnant mom and family
- Labor support
- Birth services – Read more »
- Postpartum care – Read more »
- Up-to-date information balanced with the traditional wisdom of midwifery.
Bella Vie also offers Well Woman Care:
- Free pre-conception consultations
- Regular Pap tests and exams
- Breast exams
- Birth control options
Two midwives will care for you in pregnancy, and one of them will be on-call for your birth. They will be available for your urgent concerns and questions, 24 hours per day. If a problem arises or you think you might be starting labor, you don’t need to worry about disturbing your midwife; our on-call midwives are ready for your phone calls!
The midwives of Bella Vie focus on preventative care, so that in many cases problems don’t even have a chance to start. We love for our clients to be as healthy as possible during their pregnancies, and we find this helps them have the good birth they desire. Pregnancy has special needs, but it isn’t usually a medical emergency, and we treat it as a normal part of life. Our experienced midwives are educated in normal birth, but are also trained in recognizing when there are problems that need to be addressed. In some cases our midwives will recommend that you see a higher level provider or specialist, such as an Obstetrician or Perinatologist (high-risk OB), Pediatrician, or a Naturopathic Physician.
As a client at Bella Vie, your prenatal appointments will last approximately an hour, so that we have the opportunity to really connect and learn about your needs and desires in pregnancy and birth. Often, this extra time together leads to valuable health information and sometimes even keeps your baby safer.
During your prenatal appointments, we carefully monitor your pregnancy by taking your blood pressure and pulse, monitoring your baby’s growth, assessing fetal heart rate, and offering and/or recommending lab work. In addition, it gives us ample time to learn about you and your growing family, address any concerns you have, provide education on nutrition and herbal remedies, and offer support for your needs in pregnancy. Not only do we value this relationship with you, it also provides us with insight on how to best support you during the childbearing year.
Your extended appointments (typically about 1 hr) are scheduled as follows:
- Every four weeks until 32 weeks gestation
- Every two weeks from 32 through 36 weeks
- Every week from 36 weeks through birth
It may be decided by you and your midwives that more frequent appointments are necessary if problems arise that need more attention. In our model of care, your specific midwives are always available for urgent matters by phone, and less urgent ones by text, or email as well.
Prenatal Testing and Lab Work
We offer all state required testing, and as always you are an active participant when deciding what is right for your family. We can gain very valuable information about your health from lab work. For instance, with your permission, we will test to find out your blood type, your iron levels, and how well your blood clots. We also recommend other testing such as your Vitamin D and Thyroid levels.
Ultrasound can be done at Bella Vie by our visiting ultrasonographer, Dr Seth Burrel or referred to the radiology clinic of your choice. Further testing, such as genetic tests when indicated, will be referred to our favorite Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic at Willamette Health Partners in Salem.
Most testing that we recommend can be done here at Bella Vie.
Each of our birthing suites is beautifully decorated with an eye for comfort of the laboring mom, baby, and partner. There is a queen-sized bed, perfect for snuggling together as a couple, and then as a family. A large water-birth tub, approved by Waterbirth International, is featured in each birthing suite. You are welcome to use the tub for labor, birth, and relaxing in after your baby is born, as you choose. Most of the mama’s at Bella Vie want take a healing herbal bath with their baby, drawn for them, the day after birth.
Within these comfortable surroundings, we work dilligently for your safety. Each of our midwives are highly trained professionals with safe statistics and many years of birth experience. They are educated in normal, safe birth, as well as in recognizing signs of possible concern. We keep medical equipment within easy reach, just out of view.
Our facility has been compared to a bed and breakfast, with birth services included! Our goal is to nurture moms, babies, and families during this amazing, intimate, and sacred time of life.
Newborn & Postpartum Care
Our midwives are well qualified to perform thorough newborn exams after your baby is born. Unless it is medically necessary, we first allow you ample time to get to meet and greet your new little one. We believe that family bonding time is of the utmost importance and always work to protect that time. We will do the newborn exam just next to you, in the comfort of your own birth suite. In fact, much of it can be done while your baby rests in your arms. We then welcome you to stay at our birth center and continue to be pampered “Bella Vie Style” for the next 6 to 48 hours.
Newborn Screening & Breastfeeding
Bella Vie offers all routine procedures for newborns as required by the state of Oregon, including Vitamin K, eye prohylaxis treatment, metabolic newborn screening, and hearing screening. These procedures can be done while your baby is in your arms.
Visits resume with us at the birth center for your one, three, and six week postpartum appointments, as well as for your baby’s newborn screening appointment at 2 weeks. For those who are interested, we offer birth control/family planning counseling, and well woman exams during these visits.