“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life."
Meet the Midwife
Anna Gilmore, CPM, Registered Midwife is mother to 8 wonderful children whose beautiful home births inspired her to pursue midwifery training and become of service to other families who preferred to birth their babies at home. While living rurally in Cedaredge, Colorado, she trained as an ICEA childbirth educator, a Birthing from Within childbirth mentor, and a Professional Midwives Assistant with a local Grand Junction midwife.
In 2014 she began formal midwifery training with the Midwives College of Utah. Apprenticeship and adventure took Anna and her family away from Colorado in 2015, across states, across the sea to Hawaii for a time, but eventually back home to the Western Slope of Colorado.
Most of Anna's hands on training occurred in Utah, where she served in several home birth midwifery practices, as well as attending births in 7 different birth centers.
There has been no Grand Junction based midwife serving the home birth community for several years now. Upon this discovery, Anna returned with her family to live in and serve the Grand Valley and surrounding community, including Eastern Utah. She recently gave birth to her fourth daughter (baby #8).
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
My Services & Philosophy
My role during your prenatal care is to empower you to learn about your options, let you make the decisions that are best for your family, and then support you.
Be prepared for relaxed appointments in my cozy Grand Junction office, plenty of time to ask all your questions, and sound nutritional advice! Coaching you on how to eat during pregnancy is how I nourish your baby and prepare your body for the rigors of childbirth. Traditional lab work (as desired) can give me feedback on how you are doing and what to do next.
Prenatal Care is available for clients planning a hospital birth, but who desire the high quality counseling found within the Midwives Model of Care. You can pay per visit. If you later decide to birth out of the hospital with Grand Valley Holistic Home birth, your payments will be applied to the full maternity care package fee.
LABOR & BIRTH
I have 2 intentions during your labor and birth.
1: Support and empower you
2: Guard the safety of you and your child
To guard your safety, there are at least two of us present. I don't hesitate to escalate to higher levels of care when needed. When transport is needed I strive to move before it becomes an emergency.
To support and empower you I coach your partner and/or your doula on how to support you physically during labor. During your prenatal care we will discuss your birth preferences so that you can make the choices that are meaningful for you. You choose who will be there. You choose to labor on land or in water. You choose who catches. You choose when and who cuts the cord. You choose who gets to weigh your new baby. You choose what you want done with your placenta. You choose what procedures are performed on yourself and on your child. Our job is to support you in your choices within the confines of safety.
I provide home visits during the first week after your baby is born. You can stay tucked in bed with your new baby, while I come to you!
I offer all of the newborn screenings that are done by the hospital including the CCHD, the hearing screen, and the metabolic screen. I visit you in your home on day 2, and again on day 7. You can call me to consult as often as needed for up to 6 weeks postpartum.
I support your feeding goals for your baby, and refer you to solid community resources (such as WIC) and lactation consultant support as needed.
When my schedule permits, I encapsulate placentas for an additional fee ($200 for my clients, $300 for everyone else). Many women report good results from the practice, but I don't have any evidence based research for or against it. Again, it is up to you!
"My experiences with Anna during labor have been phenomenal...I appreciate that she approaches pregnancy and birth with both knowledge and humility."
"She taught me some doula stuff so I could assist her and play a more prominent role in my wife's birth. She is definitely worth going to and you will be in great hands. She went above and beyond any of my expectations."
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