Ronnie Falcao, LM MS CHT CPM, Licensed Midwife
My main midwifery focus at this time is Supplementary Midwifery
Care for women planning a hospital birth.
Holistic Midwifery Care for Mother and Baby
Over 20 years experience
I am still providing homebirth care
for repeat clients and special cases.
word midwife means "with woman".
A midwife is trained to work with you to help you have
the best possible
pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience,
and to assist you in
to breastfeeding and motherhood.
Q: I'm already seeing an OB. Why would I
want to see a midwife, too?
A: Your OB does not have the time and training to address all
Comprehensive supplemental midwifery care fills in all the
gaps of mainstream OB care.
Holistic Prenatal Care
Obstetrics is a surgical specialty, so OBs have a lot more
training in performing c-sections than in preventing them.
If you need a c-section, then it's great that you have a
The c-section rates in this area are about 35-45%, depending on
the OB, the hospital, and your age.
Midwives specialize in normal birth, so they have special training
in how to prevent c-sections during labor and birth.
If you're trying to avoid a c-section, then it makes sense to seek
additional support in this area.
I have made it a personal specialty to apply my engineering
background to the problem of high
c-section rates. In my own midwifery practice, the c-section
rate for the last 100 births has
It is a pleasure for me to share my expertise to help birthing
women who prefer to avoid a c-section.
Some c-sections are planned in advance as the safest way to give
birth. However, for most women who
have c-sections, they are not expecting it. Even if your OB
is excellent about doing what they can
during labor and birth to avoid a c-section, they probably do not
provide much prenatal guidance
as to how to set yourself up for success during labor and birth.
I have extensive experience in unmedicated childbirth and can help
you achieve that goal if you wish.
There are many factors that support unmedicated childbirth.
These are best addressed
throughout pregnancy, but benefits are still available at 28 weeks
or even 36 weeks.
I can also guide you to the optimal use of an epidural or other
pain medication if you like.
Sometimes it's in the best interests of mother and baby for the
birth to happen by a certain point in pregnancy.
For example, many doctors recommend induction by 39 or 40 weeks
for women with gestational diabetes
or for women planning a VBAC. Without special preparation,
these inductions have a higher risk of
ending in c-section. Contractions induced with pharmaceuticals are
also more painful and often
result in the use of pain medications too early in the labor.
It is also possible to induce labor at home using a variety of
As with any form of induction, it's important to monitor the
I do this with a portable continuous electronic fetal monitor.
Ideally, women who are expecting an early induction would see me
for special preparation starting
at 28 weeks. Even starting at 36 weeks gives you a much
better chance of success.
For women who weren't expecting an early induction, there is still
much good that can be
done with 5 days' lead time. Even with one day's lead time,
we can do some good.
Finding an obstetrician who is supportive of VBAC is just the
It's also important to address the reasons for the first c-section
and to make
special preparations so that everything goes as smoothly as
I have a special web page about VBAC Preparation.
As a surgical specialty, obstetrics doesn't address "minor
discomforts". Midwifery has a long history of
supporting women to help pregnancy be as healthy and comfortable
Holistic Prenatal Care
Many women in this area prefer to avoid pharmaceuticals, whether
prescription or over the counter.
I've developed a large repertoire of holistic remedies that
support overall health while eliminating
pregnancy discomforts and annoyances. (These holistic
remedies are included in the cost of care
for many clients; this helps me to avoid a a conflict of interest
in selling supplements.)
GBS - Group B Strep - GBS - If it's important to you to avoid IV
antibiotics during labor and birth,
I can provide early testing and alternative treatments to support
Even the most sympathetic OB rarely spends more than 15 minutes
with you at each appointment.
Sadly, the most sympathetic OBs are the busiest and so least able
to provide the emotional
support that a pregnant woman needs. My appointments are at
least an hour long, and they
can be as long as needed, up to several hours.
My home office is in downtown Mountain View, CA. I provide
in-home care throughout the Peninsula and the South Bay area as
well as the southern part of the East Bay. My range includes
Santa Clara and San Mateo County, and some of Alameda County:
Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Campbell, Colma, Cupertino, Daly
City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los
Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Milpitas, Mountain
View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San
Carlos, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale,
Woodside, I do not go up to the Skyline area.
Apple, Samsung and Adobe
insurance plans cover my services very well, whether for
homebirth care, supplementary prenatal care, in-home postpartum
care for the mom and baby, or in-home lactation consulting. Many
other insurance plans do, too. The Google Anthem plan
covers my services very well for supplementary prenatal care,
in-home postpartum care for the mom and baby, or in-home lactation
consulting, but not for homebirth
This . . . is about the profoundly important and sacred
opportunity we have in bringing children into the world.
Research is now showing us that our society is a product of how
we welcome and raise our children. With love and
connection, babies develop minds that are coherent and flexible,
ready in turn to make compassionate and empathic connections
with others as they grow. As we learn how early
relationships shape the structure and function of the brain, we
are also learning to have a new appreciation of the wisdom of
ancient cultures who knew to welcome the infant, even during
- “What Babies Want” video
You can read feedback from my many
delighted client families.
If you'd like more information, please phone me at 650-961-9728 or e-mail me. I'm happy to e-mail you
detailed information about my services. Please let me know
your due date, where you live, whether this is a first or subsequent
baby, and what kind of insurance you have, so I can send you the
relevant financial information.
I routinely provide care in homes within about 15 miles of
Mountain View, California and will drive further by special
My e-mail username is ronnie, and my
domain is gentlebirth.org. Of course, you need to
put an @ sign between those two to make it work. I'm
making this somewhat cryptic because I've discovered that having
my e-mail address on the web has made me the target for hundreds
of spam messages a day. So, I also have multiple layers of
spam filtering built into my e-mail system. So if you send email
and don't hear back from me within a day or two, please leave a
voicemail message, too, at 650-961-9728. Thank you.
Here's my contact information for
anything besides my midwifery services.
My home office is in Mountain View, California, and I serve
birthing families throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
and parts of Alameda County.
You can learn more about different types of supplemental midwifery
Holistic Postpartum Midwifery Care for
Mother and Baby
In-Home European-Style Postpartum
Midwifery Care for Mother and Baby
You can learn more about many, many aspects of pregnancy, birth,
postpartum, breastfeeding and newborns in The Midwife Archives
- As a way of organizing my notes about information and wisdom
shared on the various birth-related distribution lists, I created
the Midwife Archives. Please visit those pages for answers to many
practical questions and for an interesting perspective on the
mystical side of birth.
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS CPM is also doing business
as Birthing Visions and Eternity in Bloom.
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