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Awaken
Midwifery

Supporting families
through pregnancy, birth and
postpartum

 

Meet The Midwife

“I do not care what kind of birth you have...a home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected.” - January Harshe

I am a Certified Professional Midwife, an Oregon Licensed Midwife and a graduate of the National College of Midwifery. My training included three years of academic study and clinical apprenticeship. As an apprentice, I worked at several high-volume birth centers and home birth practices throughout the states of Oregon and California. Before beginning my path as a midwife, I began attending births as a doula in 2011.


I believe that birth is a transformational rite of passage that deserves to be respected and supported every step of the way. As a midwife, doula and childbirth educator I am wholeheartedly committed to supporting you in having a safe and empowered birth. After every birth, I continue to find myself awed by the strength, grace, and wisdom of birthing families. My role as your midwife is to support you in connecting to your own innate wisdom around your body, your baby, and your birth. 

My philosophy is simple - I do not have my own agenda for your birth. My only goal is for you to feel fully informed and empowered on your birth journey.


I am dedicated to serving all women, queer, trans, and non-gender conforming individuals.


 

My Services

Proudly serving Ashland, Talent, Medford and the Southern Oregon Rogue Valley Area.

Dedicated to supporting all families regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,

immigration status, or financial barriers.


 

Homebirth
Freedom to birth your way - on your terms.

Comprehensive Prenatal Care

Pregnancy is a rite of passage that deserves to be treated with respect and nurturance. I believe in supporting families with individualized and compassionate care within the comfort of your home. Midwifery care provides you with the time and space to develop a relationship of trust, honor your intuition, and make informed choices for you and your family. Evidence-based care and informed decision making are the pillars of my practice.


What To Expect During Prenatal Care

  • A thorough evaluation of you and your baby at each visit

  • Assessment of your blood pressure, monitor growth, palpate your baby’s position and listen to your baby’s heartbeat

  • Ongoing education and counseling at every stage of your pregnancy and postpartum

  • Nutritional and herbal counseling

  • Clinical labs for any prenatal testing you elect to have

  • Referrals for complementary healthcare as needed

  • Community Referrals (Acupuncture, Bodywork, Counseling)


Prenatal visits are scheduled:

  • Every 4 weeks until 28 week

  • Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks

  • Weekly from 36 weeks until birth


Throughout your pregnancy, I am available by phone or email to answer questions and offer support.


What To Expect During Labor & Birth

Homebirth provides a supportive environment for a safe transition for both mother and child. Every woman’s birth is unique, which is why I believe in tuning in to your specific emotional and clinical needs.

  • A safe and healthy birth is my primary obligation - I arrive at your home with a complete birth bag (allopathic medications, herbal remedies IV supplies, oxygen tank, resuscitation equipment)

  • 24/7 on-call support for your labor

  • A second licensed midwife attending the birth

  • Ongoing assessment of both mom and baby’s well-being

  • Waterbirth for those who desire it

  • Labor and birth support in the hospital if a transfer becomes necessary


What To Expect From Your Postpartum Care

Postpartum care within the comfort of your home is one of the greatest gifts that midwifery has to offer. I provide in-home midwifery care for 6 weeks following your birth. Visits take place on day 1, day 3, day 7, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and a final visit at 6 weeks. Postpartum visits are a time to process the birth, answer questions, and receive the support needed for a smooth transition into your new family system.


Newborn Care:

  • Immediate postpartum care for a minimum of 2 hours after the delivery

  • Head to toe newborn exam

  • Weight checks

  • Visual jaundice screening

  • Normal elimination patterns

  • Vitals (temperature, normal heart rate, and respiratory health)


Postpartum Care For Mother:

  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Perineal & uterine healing

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Family planning and birth control counseling

  • Postnatal exercises

  • Emotional support

  • Lab work as needed

  • Pap smear if necessary



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Hybrid Care For Hospital Birth

Hybrid care creates a bridge between the midwifery model of care and the support offered by the medical world. Homebirth may not be an option for everyone. This model of integrative care provides women with the ongoing support and guidance of a midwife while receiving concurrent care from an obstetrician. This is a great choice for women who are interested in individualized midwifery care but prefer birthing in the hospital. This is also a great choice for women who are risked out of homebirth.


What To Expect During Prenatal Care

  • Wellness assessments of you and your baby at each visit

  • Nutritional and herbal counseling

  • Ongoing education and counseling at every stage of your pregnancy and postpartum

  • Explanation of: the birth process, medical procedures, and the hands-on comfort measures I provide

  • Provide up-to-date information about your childbirth options, so that you can make informed decisions about your body and your baby.

  • Clinical labs for any prenatal testing you elect to have

  • Community Referrals (Acupuncture, Bodywork, Counseling)


What To Expect During Labor & Birth

  • Laboring within the comfort and safety of your home with a licensed midwife by your side

  • Clinical assessments of mom and baby - this includes checking fetal heart tones, assessing blood pressure, temperature and pulse, as well as evaluating cervical dilation (if desired)

  • We decide together when it is time to make our way to the hospital for the birth.

  • We support as a labor companion under the care of your obstetrician or hospital-based midwife


What To Expect From Your Postpartum Care

One of the biggest challenges of our current medical model is the lack of care provided to women and their babies postpartum. New mothers are discharged from the hospital after 48 hours and are not scheduled to see their care providers for six weeks.   This lack of care can contribute to breastfeeding challenges, poor recovery, and postpartum depression. Hybrid care fills the medical gap so that no mother, regardless of where she births, slips through the cracks. Postpartum visits take place on day 1, day 3, day 7, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and a final visit at 6 weeks.


Baby:

  • Weight checks

  • Visual jaundice screening

  • Normal elimination patterns

  • Vitals (temperature, normal heart rate and respiratory health)


Mother:

  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Perineal & uterine healing

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Family planning and birth control counseling

  • Postnatal exercises

  • Emotional support

  • Lab work as needed

  • Pap smear if necessary

Birth Doula Services

As your Doula I will:

  • Provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after the birth of your child. 

  • Encourage a birth experience in which you are calm, focused, and capable of making wise choices for you and your baby. 

  • Provide hands-on comfort measures, such as massage, counter-pressure, acupressure,  rebozo, and aromatherapy.

  • Make suggestions for various positions conducive to different phases of labor.

  • Facilitate deeper relaxation by introducing movement, sound, and breath.

  • Provide up-to-date information about your childbirth options, so that you can make informed decisions about your body and your baby. 

Services include:

  • Two prenatal visits to discuss your ideal birth and how we will work together to achieve it.

  • Exploring and discussing your priorities and any fears or concerns you may have

  • Explanation of: the birth process, medical procedures, and the hands-on comfort measures I provide

  • Creating and/or review of your birth preferences; I will support the decisions of the expectant family

  • Referrals to community resources for pregnancy or other family services  

Postpartum Doula Services

A postpartum doula is there to offer physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and her partner throughout the early postpartum period. Postpartum refers to the first three months after a baby is born. This time is also referred to as the "fourth trimester". The fourth trimester is the idea that the first 3 months of life are an extension of life in the womb. 

It takes time for a baby to adjust to life in the outside world and meeting a newborn’s demands during this initial period can be a rigorous process for new parents. A postpartum doula helps parents build the confidence and skill set needed to meet the challenges of new parenthood.

Postpartum Support Includes:

  • Support for emotional and physical recovery after birth

  • Education on infant care

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Pumping, milk storage & bottle education

  • Newborn soothing techniques

  • Foster family bonding

  • Household support (meal prep, tidying, laundry)

Childbirth Education

Learn how you can have an Empowered Birth:

  • Release fears and tap into your birthing instincts

  • Cope with the sensations of labor

  • Feel confident in your body and in your role as a support person

  • Feel prepared for what happens once your little one arrives.



Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques.

  • Positions and massage techniques for coping with labor.

  • Stages of labor and what to expect. 

  • Variations of normal and potential complications.

  • What happens in the event of a transport.

  • Postpartum recovery and what to expect in those first hours, days and weeks of life with your new baby.  

  • We explore breastfeeding basics and newborn care.


Upcoming Schedule:

One Day Intensive

Sunday, November 18th: 10 am to 4 pm

$180 per couple (If you do not have a partner feel free to bring a family member or friend)

Two Day Intensive

Sundays 12/2 & 12/16: 10 am to 1 pm

$180 per couple (If you do not have a partner feel free to bring a family member or friend)

Located at the Family Massage Education Center: 77 Manzanita St, Ashland OR

Placenta Encapsulation

Your placenta is the perfect medicine for your healing and rejuvenation after birth. 

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:


  • Enhance your mood.

  • Increase and enrich breastmilk.

  • Increase in energy.

  • Combats fatigue

  • Decrease iron deficiency

  • Recover more quickly from childbirth

Cost of Placenta Encapsulation: $175

Testimonials

 

“My partner and I are forever grateful to Gabrielle.  Gabrielle helped me stay calm and tap into strength that I wasn't sure I had during the most intense parts of labor.  And during it all, she was coaching and providing support to my partner.  We cannot recommend Gabrielle enough!!.”

Eleanore H. 

“Gabrielle is an angel. She was our doula for the birth of our first son last December. She was warm, nurturing, compassionate, empathetic, and very knowledgeable. ”

Nicole A. 

"We had an awesome experience with Gabrielle. She was very calm and grounded with me, she coached me and was able to communicate with me. She was also amazing with my husband."

Lexi F. 

Contact

To inquire about availability or schedule a complimentary interview, please email me with your estimated due date. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

Email:

Phone:

541-841-2860