Annemarie Russo, LM, CPM
Home Birth Midwife and Doula
I offer comprehensive midwifery care, which includes complete prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for low-risk pregnancies and planned home births.
It includes risk assessment, nutritional counseling, and some diagnostic tests, as well as childbirth education, birth preparation, newborn care, breastfeeding support and access to my book and DVD lending library.
You receive my focused, individualized attention. You have autonomy, control and privacy. Our appointments are one to two hours each, and take place at your home. We meet once a month up to 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until delivery. Myself and an assistant attend your delivery, and I make multiple postpartum visits to make sure you and the baby continue to do well.
Well Woman Care
I also offer well-woman checks, including PAPs, breast exams, family planning, and fertility awareness.
I encapsulate your placenta following the Chinese medicine method to make an easy-to-take nutritional supplement that supports postpartum health. This is a two day process and yields 150-200 capsules. Read more…
Compassionate, nonjudgemental support.
As a birth doula, I help create a harmonious birthing atmosphere for the parents, whether in the hospital or at home. After our first “Getting to Know You Meeting”, I come to your home for two prenatal visits, including guidance in the BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® approach to childbirth, and I am available for additional telephone consultations.
I provide continuous labor support, bringing music, candles (battery operated), scented oils, snacks – whatever is part of your birth plan. But most importantly, I bring a calm, reassuring presence. I support you emotionally at this vulnerable time, physically with with positioning and massage, and provide information to help you make educated decisions. I remain with you for a few hours after the birth, and provide assistance with breast feeding if needed.
If desired, I also provide one postpartum “Honoring the Mother” visit with a ritual bath and massage.
Traditionally, women have been surrounded by other experienced women during childbirth. Currently, many women prefer to have their life partner act as a primary support person. A birth doula provides reassurance and support to both the birthing woman and her birth partner, for whom this may be a new and challenging experience. A postpartum doula cares for the mother after the birth and assists the couple with the transition to parenthood.
While your nurses and doctor or midwife are busy taking care of your and your baby’s medical needs, as a doula I support your emotional, spiritual and non-medical physical needs. The simple presence of a calm, experienced person, whose sole responsibility is your comfort, can make a world of difference. Read more…
We offer discounts for low income families.
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I think of myself as a practical, down to earth type of person. I tend to stay calm in intense situations. My children have taught me how to be a more patient person, which helps me greatly in my midwifery practice. I was called to midwifery after the birth of my son who was born at home in Mexico, attended by a midwife. His birth was empowering and joyful, and I discovered I had a strength that I had never known before. This experience inspired me to work with birthing families. I first trained as a doula and became a certified doula through DONA. I attended births as a doula for a number of years before I enrolled in the MEAC accredited midwifery training program at Maternidad la Luz, an academic school as well as a busy birth center in El Paso, Texas. I completed my training at Maternidad la Luz, moved back to California, and gave birth to my second child, a little girl, who I caught myself in the water at home. I completed my exams to became a NARM certified professional midwife and to obtain my midwifery license from the Medical Board of California. Read more…