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Over the course of the last twenty to thirty years, having a baby in the United States has become a technology-ridden event, rampant with testing, intervention and surgery. normal has come to refer less to the natural process of birth and more to what is considered commonplace in American obstetrical practices. There are two definitions of the word normal in the webster’s dictionary. The first, “typical, conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type”; accurately describes the birth experience of most women in the united states. the second definition, “functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies” more closely reflects the characterization of normal as applied by midwives and captures the experiences of most women who are in the care of midwives.

A Loving Start and Blue Mountain Midwives are family-centered practices whose staff have served pregnant and parenting women all over South Florida for the last eighteen years. Both practices are housed within The Gathering Place because each works to foster an atmosphere in which trust in birth, respect for women, and compassion, are guiding principles. Their fundamental belief that pregnancy, labor and birth are normal and natural processes, is present in every aspect of your care. The hallmark of midwifery is continuity of care in which the same midwife and/or midwifery team provides care throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. By residing within a multi-disciplinary center, each practice is able to offer an integrated approach to your pregnancy and birth with the intent of fostering intimate and long lasting relationships with each client and producing optimal outcomes.

Although these practices focus on Miami-Dade county, they serve all of South Florida including Broward and Palm Beach. To make an appointment please contact each practice individually.