Home Birth Midwifery

 

Noel Fernandez, LM, CPM

Hi there! If you are here you  are likely expecting a new babe, or thinking about growing your family…this is a sweet, exciting, and sacred time and I am honored you are taking a moment to “meet” me here.

Here’s a tiny bit about me and my journey to Midwifery…

Who I am: Home-birth Midwife, Mama to 4 of the loveliest humans I know, Doula, partner, hiker, novice gardener, kayaker, reader, aspiring herbalist, farmer market shopper, big lake lover…

Why birth work?: I came to birth work through my own pregnancies and early parenting years. My own midwives opened my eyes and heart to new and gentler ways of being with myself, my babies, and the world. Midwifery care was the first time I experienced health-care in a way that felt empowering and honoring of who I was as a human, and I knew in my bones I was meant to do this work. I love getting to walk alongside families as they grow and expand in so many ways!

Training: I feel I have taken the best parts of formal education and the traditional apprenticeship model to get to where I am today as a WI licensed, certified professional midwife. I have spent years completing nationally recognized classes and workshops, alongside my apprenticeships, learning at the sides of 5 midwives across 4 states! I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work in various settings across the region which has set me up to be able to walk into a large city hospital room or an Amish family’s homestead and feel at home, to be able to adapt to the desires and needs of each family, no matter the setting. The families, birthing people, and babies are where the deep wisdom has been found. I am forever humbled by the deep knowing each person carries, and to be invited to be witness to each individuals  journey has been, and will always be, a humbling honor, unlike any other. I am always seeking deeper wisdom through continuing education by attending workshops and conferences, as well as always keeping my license, certification, CPR, and NRP (neonatal resuscitation) current.

My philosophy: It is quite simple, really…I strongly believe that each family, each person,  knows what is best for them and that we all make the best decisions for ourselves when we feel fully informed and supported, so that’s what I aim to do…inform folks of all the possible options, and the research behind those choices, and then respectfully follow their lead and support them in their journey.

Education, love, and support…so powerful in it’s simplicity, can change the way we walk through this world, and I aim to always work and live with those values at the forefront.

 

Basic Overview of Midwifery Services:

 

  • Free consultation to get to know each other and get all your questions answered  

  • Enjoy the option of having all, or some, of your visits done in the comfort of your own home

  • Regular prenatal visits done every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks from 28-36 weeks, weekly from 36-41 weeks, and twice a week from 41 weeks-birth…this can always 

  • be adjusted based on your own desire for 

  • care

  • I am on-call for your birth 24/7 from 37 weeks on, though myself or another midwife is always available in case of preterm birth, or any other urgent matter

  • Continuous labor support and monitoring from myself and 1 other licensed Midwife through at least 2 hours postpartum, typically 3-4 hours

  • Postpartum visits at: 24-36 hours, 3 days, 7 days, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks. And additional visits as needed.  

  • Access to lending library and monthly group prenatal conversations with fellow area home-birth families and other local midwives

  • Global fee covers prenatal visits, birth, and postpartum visits, as well as all regular prenatal labs, newborn metabolic, congenital heart defect, and hearing screenings

  • Global fee is based on a sliding scale of $2400-$4000. I am deeply committed to  providing care for those desiring it, if this scale does not feel accessible to you please call and let’s have a conversation….no one will be turned away for inability to pay

  • While I do not bill insurance, I can provide you with the necessary forms to submit a claim to your insurance company 

  • I happily accept Badgercare