Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on [or as requested] assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
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I contacted Dee Gordon after interviewing several other local midwives. I was looking for a midwife to deliver my fourth baby. I have had one hospital birth and two previous home births. She took time to answer all of my questions on the phone and later in person she efficiently answered another long list of questions. I was drawn to her immediately because I sensed she was sincere and passionate about giving mothers and babies a fantastic birth adventure. As she shared her experiences and beliefs about giving birth it was clear to me that she is educated and expertly qualified. Each prenatal appointment was thorough and unhurried as she inquired about my health and pregnancy and relieved all of my concerns. I left each prenatal feeling well cared for and always with advanced knowledge of ways to have an optimal pregnancy and birth. During this pregnancy I was also working through some difficult emotions due to unplanned events in my life. Dee was a true friend to me showing nonjudgemental love and compassion. This empathy was exactly what I needed through those months of preparing for my baby's arrival. This paved a way for a genuine connection with her and I am convinced my little one's birth at home was much enhanced by my feeling comfortable in Dee's care. I had a preterm labor scare while I was moving to a new home and she gave me sound advice while also sharing opinions gleaned from other midwives about my condition. Some caregivers I've had in the past would have been too ego centered to confer with others, but Dee always demonstrated that my safety and that of my unborn baby was priority. When I was in labor she was a Godsend! Anyone can say the "right words" but when those words are wrapped in genuine warmth they become powerful. Dee's tone of voice and physical touch conveyed this and carried me through the most challenging part of labor. She seemed to know what would be most effective during the pushing stage even though it was different than we had initially imagined or planned. Sure enough her instincts were spot on! After my little one's birth my placenta was taking a while to deliver so Dee recommended different techniques all the while remaining serene and confident. This in turn kept me from feeling anxious and soon my placenta was delivered. Her competence, patience, dedication and graceful presence is something I will always remember. If I am blessed with more children Dee will be my first choice for a midwife! In addition to Dee's expertise I admire her desire to continually stay abreast of the latest research and her hunger to continue to educate herself and others in the community. There are a myriad of reasons why I admire Dee Gordon as a midwife, mother, wife and friend. She has been and will always be a valuable asset to the community she so faithfully serves. Joann S.
Services Provided: Nutritional Counseling Prenatal exams Postpartum exams Placenta Encapsulation Fertility Counseling Home visits Water Birth Hospital Doula Belly Casting Belly Binding Postpartum Doula Care Concierge Birth Support