Pregnancy and birth services

Madison Cheshire is a certified Home birth midwife based out of boulder, co. Midwives have walked through the transformative journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period with families throughout history. Taking inspiration from the vast and brilliant roots of this work, my home birth practice offers a truly holistic and empowering path of support and nourishment to you and your growing family.

I became a birth worker to honor and support the magnified potential for self-healing and transformation inherent in the pregnancy/childbirth/postpartum continuum. This is a time of powerful change and growth, with deep sensitivity to intuition. Many people feel an imminent need to transform certain aspects of their lives, relationships, and behaviors that aren’t healthy and supportive. As a midwife I’m honored to hold skillful and patient space for this unfolding - allowing for this deep transformation while walking with you through the spiritual and practical pieces of your journey as safely as possible.

The midwifery model of care is holistic and considers the body/mind/emotions/spirit all deeply related and relevant to overall well-being. As your midwife I offer you all of the relevant information and support to guide you in making the most informed, intuitive, and empowered decisions regarding your experience. Your birth will be the most smooth when you feel safe, held, and in control of your own experience. I am honored to walk beside you on this journey of deep transformation, discovery, challenge and triumph.

Here’s what to expect from my midwifery care:

  • Prenatal Care:

    • You’re invited to begin prenatal care with me at whatever stage in your pregnancy you choose.  Many families begin visiting their midwife as soon as they know they’re pregnant, others choose to begin in the early second trimester (around 12 weeks pregnant), and still others transfer to midwifery care later in their pregnancy journey.   Each visit is about an hour long. Visits happen monthly during the first two trimesters, bi-weekly between 28-36 weeks and weekly from 36 weeks until the birth.

    • Each prenatal is a unique and collaborative process.  There are some keystones that we’ll cover each time - such as measuring your growing belly, feeling the position of the baby, and listening to baby’s heartbeat.  We’ll also check in about how you’re feeling and address any discomforts or worries you may have.  We will give equal focus to your body, mind, and spirit. This allows for deepening trust between midwife and mother, which I believe ultimately can lead to a more enriching birth experience.  Of course, your partners, children, and anyone who might be at your birth are welcome to attend with you!

  • Prenatal Massage:

    • Many of my clients opt-in to enjoy a 60/75/90 minute pregnancy massage specific to the common and individual discomforts of pregnancy as a nourishing accompaniment to each visit. It’s my joy to connect with families in this way and I’ve found it deepens the connection and trust between birthing family and midwife.

  • Routine Lab Work:

    • Nearly all necessary labs can be drawn/collected at my office including blood draws and urine samples. If you choose to have a routine ultrasound I can refer you to a practitioner who performs them. Typically lab work is taken at the initial visit, around 28 weeks and again around 36 weeks. Additional labs may be ordered if necessary.

  • On-Call Support:

    • As your midwife I am available for consultation during regular business hours every weekday by phone or by email. You may call me at any time, day or night, to address any serious health or safety concern (the signs of which we will cover during prenatal appointments). Beginning at 37 weeks gestation (within the ‘normal’ date range of birthing your baby) I will be on call to attend your birth.

  • Birth:

    • I arrive by the time you enter active labor and remain with you until at least 3 hours after you give birth - and longer if necessary. After the baby and placenta are born - and the golden space of baby's first moments have been honored - I ensure you get something nourishing to eat and drink, have help to use the bathroom and shower if you’d like. I’ll do a gentle and thorough exploration of baby, take care of all remnants of the birth, and have the laundry in the washer before leaving your house. When all is settled and well, I’ll leave your beautiful new family tucked into bed to rest, and return between 24-36 hours postpartum for our first check up.

  • Postpartum Care:

    • Postpartum care includes multiple home-visits. I routinely come to your house for the first postpartum visit between 24-36 hours after the birth. At this time and at each visit thereafter perform a thorough check-in to assess your needs and the well-being of you, your baby, and your new family. A second and third home-visit will occur between 3-7 days postpartum and at 2 weeks. Space will be made to process and integrate your birth experience each time we meet. We will also weigh your baby together at each visit as well as optimize breastfeeding. At 4 weeks after the birth, we will have your first visit at my office. The final postpartum visit is around 6 weeks postpartum. This is a special visit in which an honoring of your transformation into new parent will be offered and witnessed. This visit incorporates a physical ‘closing’ after the intense opening of the birth experience - a nurturing ceremonial offering aimed to help you reintegrate into the world whole and healed.


 Placenta Encapsulation

This service includes:

  • 80-125 Dried Placenta Capsules

  • Placenta Print (optional):

    • A keepsake that, like a fingerprint, maps the vein structures of the baby side of the placenta.

  • Cord Keepsake (optional):

    • The umbilical cord dried into the shape you choose. Most commonly a spiral or heart.

  • Placenta Tincture ($20): The longest-lasting way to access the nutrients and magic of your placenta. The placenta is extracted in alcohol. This tincture, if stored correctly, will preserve the beneficial components of the placenta indefinitely. You can save it to take when your menses returns postpartum, or even during menopause!

If you’d like to explore more about placenta encapsulation, download my pamphlet: {COMING SOON}

  • Placenta Readings ($20): The placenta is the only thing that is genetically exactly ½ baby and ½ parents! It can be seen as a map of the child’s life, read in a similar way to how one intuitively reads the lines on your palm. This can be a collective activity between your family and myself, or I can make a written record of my own intuitive observations to return to you with the placenta.