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NOVA Midwifery Consultation

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401 Center Street

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Nashville, TN 37138

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Consultation Price: Free


The Midwifery Model of Care is a proven approach to birth that supports the normal birth process and believes childbirth is holistic and woman-centered. The word, ‘midwife’ is English meaning “with woman". The successful role of midwifery has a historical significance that reaches back thousands of years.

Around the world, where the Midwifery Model of Care is utilized for low-risk pregnancy and birth, mothers fare better and experience safer birth outcomes. This model of care understands that birth is the work of the woman and her family, always respecting each individual family’s social and cultural beliefs. The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Two fundamental factors of midwifery care are the empowerment of the birthing woman through a commitment to continuity of care and facilitation of natural processes with minimal intervention. If a medical complication arises in a woman receiving midwifery care, the woman is referred to an obstetrician or specialist for the appropriate treatment.

"Our comprehensive care for mother and baby serves to acknowledge that pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period deservingly invokes holistic care that values and addresses the mother's physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing. NOVA's full-spectrum care paradigm was birthed through the complementary collaboration of midwives, doulas, educators, and lactation counselors working together toward one shared objective: to ensure families receive humanized care during one of the most vulnerable and impactful seasons of life."

-Tara Garner, founder of NOVA Birth Services


NOVA's Comprehensive Care for Mother & Baby includes:

  • Midwifery care by Certified Professional Midwives
  • Labor Doula Support
  • Water Birth Pool & Liner
  • Postpartum Doula Support for the first 24-hours after birth
  • In-home Lactation Counseling

Services Include:

  • IN-DEPTH PRENATAL CARE: Appointments once a month until 30 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then once a week until baby is born
  • CONTINUOUS LABOR SUPPORT: Your midwife will come to your home when you are in active labor, or whenever you ask for her, and stay until a minimum of 2 hours after baby is born
  • POSTPARTUM CARE: Your midwife will visit you at home 24-48 hours after birth, then again at 2 weeks and, finally, at 6 weeks postpartum

Nova Midwives:

  • Provide woman-centered care to low-risk pregnant women desiring to give birth at home
  • Provide individualized education, counseling, prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum care
  • Establish a high standard of continuity of care, allowing you to see the same midwife for prenatal visits, your birth and postpartum visits
  • Encourage your active participation and informed decision making in all aspects of your care
  • Equip you and your family/support team with the most up-to-date information based on the best available evidence
  • Utilize evidence-based technology and intervention when appropriate and upon your informed consent
  • Provide location options of receiving prenatal care in your home, or in our NOVA maternal health facility
  • Facilitate a low stress birth environment
  • Ensure that you have timely access to obstetrical care if you need to be transferred to hospital for medical reasons or because you request an epidural
  • Recognize babies are aware, sensitive human beings and as such, will minimize separation between you and your baby
  • Collaborate and consult with other maternity care providers, including communicating with the original caregiver when transfer from one birth site to another is necessary
  • Connect you and your baby to prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding resources in your own community
  • Partner closely with a Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor, and Massage Therapist for your referral needs in pregnancy and postpartum
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