in the style of many European countries.
I offer in-home clinical midwifery care as needed to support an optimal postpartum recovery for mothers, an optimal start in life for babies, and lactation assistance for an optimal establishment of a happy breastfeeding relationship.
I am a homebirth midwife, routinely providing comprehensive midwifery care – prenatal care, birth attendance, and postpartum care for new mothers and babies, including lactation consulting. I am also available to provide in-home postpartum care for new mothers and babies after a hospital birth with another healthcare provider.
Each of these appointments includes the following for the newborn:
1) Status of the umbilical cord and clampEach of these appointments includes the following for the mother:
2) Vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, lungs)
3) Weight gain
4) Skin color – evaluation of skin rashes
5) Feeding, hydration status, and elimination
6) Sleep/wake patterns
7) Bonding and family response to the baby's needs
1) General well-being and emotional temperAdditional assessments are made for breastfeeding and family well-being:
2) Vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, blood pressure)
3) Review of herbs or medications
4) Nutrition and elimination
1) Breastfeeding evaluation, education and supportI bring a variety of remedies and comfort aids to these appointments; your fee includes up to $50 worth of herbs or supplies as needed.
2) Addressing the concerns of the family
My fee for a two-hour in-home postpartum appointment is $450; payment is due at the end of each appointment. My services will be covered by the better insurance plans as separate appointments for mother and baby; I will give you invoices that you can use to file claims with your insurance company. [NOTE – although I feel that postpartum care, especially lactation consulting, is best provided in the home, the care described above is also available in my office for $350.]
If you would like to meet me during your pregnancy to arrange in-home
postpartum care, I offer a one-hour office appointment for $75.
Ronnie Falcao, Licensed Midwife
Attending births since 1991, Licensed since 1997
Knowledgeable about the midwifery use of herbs, homeopathy and hypnosis
A midwife’s heart and hands combined with an engineer’s problem solving skills
If you'd like to learn more about my midwifery services, please
phone me at 650-961-9728 with your e-mail address or send me e-mail.
My e-mail address is "ronnie" at "gentlebirth.org". Please put the word "midwife" in the subject to get through my spam filters. Please let me know your due date and where you live; if you also let me know what kind of insurance you have, I can share my experience about the insurance reimbursement you can expect to receive for my services. Thanks.
I provide care in homes within about 15 miles of Mountain View, California and will drive further by special arrangement.
Here's my contact information for anything
besides my midwifery services.
Some pages I've written:
|Perspectives on Normal Childbirth - An article I wrote for the ICAN journal about my internship in an El Paso, Texas, birth center. I was astounded that they had a cesarean rate of less than 1% without compromising the well-being of the mother or baby.|
Information about VRE - Vancomycin-Resistant
Enterococcus - It was recently reported that the antibiotic-resistant
bacteria, enterococcus, has infected 100% of the surveyed hospitals in
the San Francisco Bay Area.
Some pages I've edited:
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.
Some pages I've formatted in co-operation with the authors:
Benefits and risks of episiotomy: A
review of the English-language literature since 1980
A journal article by Robert J. Woolley, MD.
Is Homebirth for You? 6 Myths About
An online version of the booklet originally published by Friends of Homebirth (Editor: Janet Tipton, 1990)
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