Simple Midwifery provides evidence based care to women and their families throughout Kern County and northern Los Angeles County. Our services include: gynecological check-ups, prenatal care, home birth, water birth, and postpartum follow ups. At Simple Midwifery, we follow the Midwives Model of Care providing an individualized, holistic approach to women's health through the childbearing years. Services received are provided by midwives licensed through the Medical Board of California.
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife. Rachel Donckels received her degree through The National College of Midwifery in 2016 after completing two years of study and hands on training with Newlife International School of Midwifery in the Philippines. After returning home from the Philippines, Rachel continued training with God's Love Midwifery in Kern County, as well as, worked with the Santa Clarita Valley Birth Center. Rachel became licensed as a midwife in the State of California, in February of 2017. Over the last 4 years, Rachel has had the privilege of being a part of over 220 deliveries. She is passionate about women receiving compassionate and thorough prenatal care and educating her clients to equip them to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. As a midwife, Rachel hopes to have many opportunities to use her midwifery skills to help those in need both here in the United States as well as overseas in developing countries.
Letter From the Midwife
Hello, thank you for visiting my website. Here at Simple Midwifery, it is my focus to ensure that your pregnancy and delivery experience is healthy, enjoyable, and one in which you are able to learn more about yourself and your body during this special time. On the following page, you will find a schedule of the routine care I provide to make sure you and baby are monitored closely throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. Midwifery care is set up and performed in a way that allows midwives to catch potential problems early and make referrals to obstetricians as necessary. It is my goal to help you achieve the home birth you desire in the safest way posible. I look forward to hearing from you!
Rachel Donckels, LM
"For you formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret, intracately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." ~Psalm 139:13-16
Midwifery care throughout pregnancy includes monthly prenatal visits up to 28 weeks gestation, followed by bi-monthly visits from 28-36 weeks gestation, and weekly visits from 36 weeks gestation until delivery. One hour will be allotted per prenatal visit in order to provide time to discuss questions/concerns and cover topics such as nutrition, exercise, labor and delivery, etc.
Prenatal examinations include:
Midwives are trained to handle normal pregnancies and births. Appropriate screening will be performed during pregnancy to rule out potential risks. This is screening is completed by providing thorough assessment and appropriate testing during the antenatal period. All testing will be discussed with the client one appointment before testing takes place.
Intrapartum (labor and delivery) care includes:
Midwives hold up-to-date certifications in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. In addition, a midwife is licensed to carry and administer appropriate equipment and medications for emergency situations. Oxygen, IV fluids, antibiotics, and anti-hemorrhagic drugs will carried to every delivery to be used as necessary. After delivery, your midwife will continue to monitor maternal and infant vitals for at least 2 hours (longer as needed). Upon leaving the home, your midwife will be on call to answer any questions and assist you as needed.
Postpartum care will be provided by your midwife the day after delivery, with additional checks at: 7 days, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks postpartum.
Postpartum care includes:
Should potential risks be identified throughout pregnancy, labor, or postpartum, a referral will be made by your midwife to an obstetrician or pediatrician for further care.
Complete Midwifery Care Fee: $4,000 (Cost may be reimbursed by some insurance plans. Please, contact for more information.)
Simple Midwifery offers doula services which includes:
Doula care is offered for home deliveries (provided that another licensed midwife will be providing primary midwifery care) as well as hospital deliveries.
Doula Fee: $900 (This fee includes 5 weeks of on-call time, from 37-42 weeks gestation. Your doula will be available within a two-hour vicinity of the delivery.)
Simple Midwifery offers well-woman/gynecological care including:
Well-Woman/Gynecological Care Fee: $100
Midwifery services are provided to those living in a two hour radius from Tehachapi, CA. This radius includes, but is not limited to the following cities: Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Shafter, Mojave, Rosamond, California City, Ridgecrest, Lancaster, Palmdale and Lake Hughes-Lake Elizabeth areas.
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