At Willow AZ we don’t have just one midwife, we have several. Our midwives are unique in the balanced approach that take to the services they provide. Using both their hospital and out-of-hospital experience, all our midwives, including Willow AZ owners, Belinda and Diane, combine the best of modern medicine with the best of natural alternative approaches to give you personalized, holistic care.
When supportive measures or treatments become necessary for your care, a midwife will find the most effective remedy or medication for you. Depending on your situation this may include pharmaceutical drugs, as well as herbal or homeopathic remedies.
Planning and preparing to conceive a baby is a very exciting time. Preconception and fertility counseling can make a positive difference in terms of your health and fertility, as well as the health of your unborn baby. Our midwives will help you prepare physically and emotionally to create optimal conditions for achieving a happy, healthy pregnancy. You preconception consultation will include:
Your prenatal visits will take place mainly in the comfort of our consultation room. Here the midwife will assess your vital signs, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, check your baby’s growth and position and discuss your health, nutrition and activities. She will take the time to educate you about the body and emotional changes you may be experiencing, as well as offer suggestions for dealing with some of the common discomforts that can arise in pregnancy.
Once you are admitted to the birth center in active labor, your midwife will meet you and stay with you throughout your labor and birth. She will encourage you, make suggestions if needed and carefully monitor both you and the baby. At Willow AZ, we utilize evidence-based practice. We will encourage you to eat and drink as desired, and will perform intermittent auscultation of your baby’s heartbeat with a waterproof Doppler.
This will allow you the freedom to move about, soak in the tub, sit on a birth ball or relax in any position you desire. The calm surroundings and comfort measures available to you in combination with the support of family, midwives, birth assistants and doulas are helpful in facilitating your birth. In addition, nitrous oxide is also available.
After your baby is born and you have had time to bond and assisted to breastfeed, the initial newborn exam with be performed with the baby right by your side. You and your baby are never separated after the birth.
Your midwife and birth assistant will continue to monitor you and your baby as you rest and recover after the birth until you are both stable. Once you have spent some time with your new family, enjoyed a nourishing meal and feel ready, your birth assistant will prepare you to go home.
The midwives will stay in close contact with you after your birth. The midwives and birth assistants will be available every day to provide postpartum support, and within 24-48 hours following the birth, a nurse or midwife will come to your home to check on you and your baby, complete a physical exam on the two of you, assist you with breastfeeding and answer any questions you may have (distance limitations apply). The Newborn Screening can be performed at this time in the comfort of your home.
In addition to your home visit, 2-week and 6-week postpartum appointments at the birth center will be scheduled for you. We invite you to stay connected and continue to be supported in our New Moms Support Group for moms and their babies, ages 2 weeks-4 months.
Water Birth is available to all Willow AZ Birth Center clients at no extra cost. We will monitor your baby with special waterproof dopplers while you relax in the comfort of the warm water. Our deep birth tubs are specifically designed for water immersion, promoting comfort and relaxation during labor and/or birth. Our midwives are experienced in safe water birth practices and have assisted many clients with water deliveries.
Breastfeeding can provide a wonderful bond between you and your baby, while supplying the perfect nutrition and antibodies that are only found in human breast milk. Though natural and beneficial, breastfeeding is a learned skill and may require patience and practice. For some women, the learning stages can be frustrating and uncomfortable. The good news is that with proper support and education, it will get easier much faster!
A weekly new moms support group for moms with their babies, ages 2 weeks and up, to come together and share their experiences of the highs and lows of motherhood in a safe and supportive environment. One of our birth assistants, also trained as a postpartum doula, will be present to facilitate discussions and to help with any questions the moms may have. You may also weigh your baby and get tips on breastfeeding while you engage in discussion with your new circle of friends. Check our calendar for dates and times.
We offer gynecology with a balanced medical and holistic approach including annual Well Woman exams, pap smears, blood work and other labs. Holistic fertility guidance is also available through our well-woman visits with a midwife.
Pre and postnatal classes are offered. Classes are designed and led by local yoga experts to invite the benefits of yoga into the pregnancy. Postnatal classes invite you to bring your baby for a chance to bond and connect with other new parents while learning relaxation techniques. Check our calendar for dates and times.
Belinda is the most compassionate woman! She saw my 17 year old daughter who has autism and there was not a hint of anxiety or fear. Belinda talked with my daughter with respect and care. We have had the experience before with medical providers only speaking to me and referring to my daughter only as "her". What is not to love about Willow?!?
I loved having my baby at Willow. Diane and Belinda provided incredible, personalized prenatal care. My birth was calm, relaxing and unforgettable. I loved the time after birth that my husband and I had with our new baby, as the Willow team took care of us and helped us focus on each other. I would definitely recommend birthing at Willow. Whether for your first birth or fifth birth, it is a wonderful andd beautiful environment.
As a professional Doula, I have very high standards when it comes to the care my clients get and should expect. Willow is one of the places I recommend to my pregnant clients wanting a wonderful birth experience. For some reason for my own self care I compromised in the past. At Willow however, I felt heard, care for and totally relieved when I left my wellness appointment with Diane. I recomend them % for excellent, evidence based care for all women.
I had my first appointment at Willow with Diane Ortega who I followed to her new practice because I had such a good experience being delivered by her in May. I was able to bring my son Harrison. This was my post partum wellness checkup and she was very open to everything I wanted to discuss on a physical and emotional level. I think we covered it all from my recovery to being a new parent. She was very patient and really truly listens and gives you the time.
I transferred my care to Willow Midwife Center after having a positive experience with Diane and Belinda with the birth of my first son. Now at 29 weeks, I'm excited to have my second in a birthing center. Both of them are incredibly supportive and warm, hold space for my concerns and questions and have years of experience with labor and delivery. A special duo for sure!
I saw Diane for my prenatal check. She listened to all my questions, and answered everything. She never rushes, and is very compassionate. I'm excited to birth with these ladies. It's so hard to find good evidence based care, and I'm so grateful to have found these wonderful midwives.