We believe in the well being of the whole woman, her mind, body and spirit. We advocate for wholeness through the building of mutual relationships between woman, midwife and family through dignified, excellent maternal healthcare, empowering education and mutual friendship.
We support your birth choices, at home or in the hospital.
We believe that midwifery care is more than caring for a woman as she grows and births a baby. Midwives support the development and birth of mothers, fathers and families.
We provide full spectrum prenatal care for all low risk pregnant women. We work with both home birthing and hospital birthing moms. We offer standard prenatal testing, if desired. We believe pregnancy is a normal and healthy state, and support you in promoting health through nutrition, exercise, and emotional balance. Most prenatal visits last about an hour. We welcome partners, children and extended family.
We offer holistic home birth, and water birth. For hospital birthing clients, we offer labor monitoring at home, and doula support in the hospital. We are on call and available to you 24/7 from your 37th week of pregnancy until your baby is born.
For our home birth clients, we make sure you are stable, settled, comfortable, clean and fed, and baby is stable and starting to nurse before we go home. We provide standard newborn care, with vitamin K shot, erythromycin eye ointment, and newborn screening, if desired. We do home visits at 1 day, 3 days, 1 week and 3 weeks and follow up with an office visit at 6 weeks postpartum to make sure you are recovering well and your baby is thriving. We provide the same home visit schedule for hospital birthing clients, if desired. We complete the preparatory paperwork for birth certificate for home birth clients.
Allison Blackham is a licensed midwife and nurse with over thirty years of experience working with women and their families. She has been a doula, childbirth educator and birth photographer since 1985, and her nursing practice has covered the entire lifespan, from pediatrics to end of life care. She attended Brigham Young University, National Midwifery Institute, and studied internationally with the midwives of Shiphrah Bahay Paanakan in the Philippines.
A seventh generation northern Californian, Allison loves hiking, travel, gardening and hanging out with her family. She is married to the amazing and patient Ray Blackham. They have nine children through birth and adoption, and 16 grandchildren.
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We can't begin to thank you enough for all of the time, wisdom and love you have been so kind and amazing to share with us. We are incredibly lucky to have had you with by our side on this blessed journey. --- Cameron
I couldn't have been more pleased with Allison. She was present at the home birth of my son. She was able to read my cues and let me labor how I wanted. When I was having doubts, she knew exactly what to say. I honestly don't think I could find a better midwife. She will definitely by who I choose for my next birth! ---Sara
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Q: Why would I go to a midwife if want to have my baby in the hospital?
A: The great thing about midwifery care is that it helps wherever you choose to birth. Because we emphasize taking the time to get to know you, to address your specific needs, to support you in being the healthiest and strongest you can be, and to prepare for the realities of birth and how to cope, you are much more likely to have a healthy, safe birth with fewer interventions. Women who receive midwifery care in pregnancy have fewer inductions, fewer C sections, less need for medication in labor and fewer complications after the baby is born.
We provide full prenatal, birth and postpartum care for women who choose to birth in the comfort of their home. We are on call 24/7 from 37 weeks through the first weeks postpartum to support you though labor, birth and the early days of parenting. Midwives are licensed by the State of California as primary healthcare professionals to provide care throughout the perinatal period for mother and baby.
All disposable supplies needed for home birth and early postpartum.
For low risk women who choose to birth in the hospital, we provide full prenatal care and 3 postpartum visits after your return home. Your prenatal records are forwarded to the hospital at 36 weeks to ensure a smooth transition from midwifery prenatal care to planned hospital birth. As with all hospital births, the MD on call when you are in labor will be responsible for your care during your birth.
24/7 on call from the 37th week of pregnancy, home based labor monitoring including vaginal exams if requested, doppler fetal monitoring and other physical assessment. We accompany you to the hospital and stay with you through birth and early postpartum. As with all hospital births, the MD on call is responsible for your care during your birth.