Heart of Gold is a home birth midwifery practice. I offer individualized prenatal care for low-risk clients, with a holistic and humanistic approach that focuses on the whole person. A healthy pregnancy, that ultimately culminates in a home birth, requires a level of commitment and dedication on behalf of the client that is specific to the out-of-hospital setting. Though pregnant individuals are ultimately the ones who make this happen (since prenatal care is what happens between our visits: it's how we eat, sleep, move, think, feel, and take care of ourselves in our every day lives that is the most impactful), sometimes overall well-being be bolstered with small (or big) suggestions that can help optimize one's experience, helping to alleviate or even bypass some of the common discomforts or issues that may arise in pregnancy. It is my goal to foster and encourage this inner knowledge and strength throughout pregnancy, during labor, and into new parenthood.

I strongly believe (and have seen) that good nutrition, movement, and overall health are the cornerstones to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum. As such, herbs, plant based supplements and remedies, and holistic and "alternative" modalities will be recommended and encouraged throughout pregnancy.  The combination of all these approaches will help you feel stronger physically, and more centered and empowered. By cultivating and fine-tuning  these aspects, we see stronger pregnancies, babies and postpartums. 


Heart of Gold Midwifery Care:

  • Routine  Prenatal Care (unrushed visits: 1x per month up to 26-28 weeks; every 2 weeks up to 36 weeks; weekly until birth). Visits are generally 1hr,  shorter as we see each other more.

  • Routine lab work

  • Basic nutritional counseling

  • Referrals for Ultrasound and Genetic testing

  • Labor and birth (including birth tubs)

  • Normal Postpartum care for 6 weeks

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Pap Smears

  • Doula referrals 

  • Childbirth class referrals

  • Practitioner referrals (craniosacral therapists, herbalists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, etc)

  • Preconception counseling

  • Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) Services

 

my care is inclusive and non-discriminatory.

i proudly serve ALL families. 

Offices in austin and bastrop, tx


In this way, every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.
— Lauralyn Curtis
  Photos on this page by Lisa LeBaron Photography 2017, and Paige Wilkes photography, 2015

Photos on this page by Lisa LeBaron Photography 2017, and Paige Wilkes photography, 2015