New Hampshire Midwives Association

'Ohana Midwifery Service

Valerie Jacques, RN, CPM, NHCM

Valerie is an experienced Midwife, having attended over 850 births, and has been practicing homebirth midwifery since 1980. She is a Registered Nurse with a strong background in maternity care and pediatrics. Valerie is nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives, and is also certified in the State of New Hampshire. She brings her practice to Massachusetts and Maine. Valerie has also practiced homebirth midwifery in the states of Colorado and Hawaii.

Between 1989 and 1995, Valerie was a board member on the New Hampshire Midwifery Advisory Committee. She also provides emergency childbirth education to area fire departments and EMS departments. Valerie has provided childbirth education since 1975, and has been a La Leche leader for several years.

Valerie is married and the mother of four wonderful young adults.

Mission Statement: Empowering Women through Birth

Philosophy: I believe that there is a very big difference between giving birth to a baby, and being delivered of a baby. It is the intention of 'Ohana Midwifery Service to awaken each woman's power from within. Birth is an awesome, natural, intense, and sacred process which is also a "Life Event". 'Ohana Midwifery Service offers preparation and participation with families to help create a safe, natural, and memorable homebirth experience.

'Ohana midwifery service personalized & comprehensive care includes:

  • Prenatal diagnostic testing
  • Prenatal exams and education at each stage of pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.
  • Attendance of birth at home, or in the event a hospital transfer is necessary.
  • Postpartum visits for mom and baby within 48 hours, one week, and six weeks (additional visits may also be warranted depending on circumstances).
  • Breastfeeding counseling
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Labor support

A visit, to include an interactive interview, allows you and your partner to ask questions and exchange information with the midwife. During the visit, the midwife will also gather information to make sure that Mom is not at risk for birthing the baby at home.

Birth plans are encouraged. Creating a support network of knowledgeable providers will help the family attain the most positive birth experience. The support network may include childbirth educators, breastfeeding support, and doulas.

Contact Information:

47 Fox Point Road
Newington NH 03801

603-373-0375

val@ohanamidwife.com
www.ohanamidwife.com
www.coastalfamilybirthretreat.com


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