We come to you! Prenatal visits are encouraged during the developmental stages of your baby. We take the time to address your physical and emotional needs to ensure that your prenatal experience is one that you'll enjoy. Services during your visit include assessing vital signs, nutritional counseling, monitoring of baby's growth and development, and labor and birth preparation.
When it's time to have your baby, labor and birth in the comfort of your own home, with the assurance that you'll be attended to by experienced, skilled midwives.
To ensure that you receive the best possible care for you and your newborn baby, we will stay in close contact with you after your birth to provide support, physical exams, assist with breastfeeding, and answer any questions you may have. All of these services can be provided to you in the comfort of your home.
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Ann has been a home birth midwife attending home births in Massachusetts for over 25 years. She is dedicated to providing clients with individualized care. She incorporates the modalities of homeopathy, herbal tinctures, relaxation, visualization, and hypnobirthing into her practice, with a focus on the goal of creating and supporting the birthing environment each client desires.
Ann has been an Independent Midwife since 1993. She obtained her National Certification as a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) in 2000. She is a Midwife, Doula, and Childbirth Educator, and founder of EveryBaby Midwifery Collaborative, which provides childbirth education and parenting classes, as well as community support and social gatherings. Ann is the current president and founder of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM). She is also a current member and past president of the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance, past board member of the Partners in Perinatal Health, and previous owner of The Parent's Choice Bookcenter.
Doula services are available for clients planning hospital or birthing center births. Doula services include:
I had four children, all of their births attended by fabulous midwife Ann Kilroy! 13 + years ago, I was newly pregnant and living in Cambridge, so I began the process of calling around to both lay and nurse midwives, educating myself about birthing options. It quickly became clear to me, that if I wanted to be in control of my own body and decisions during my pregnancy and labor, I wanted a home birth. I knew I needed someone competent but relaxed, someone who would support my choices, but someone who wouldn't hesitate to refer me to a medical practitioner if necessary. When the time came for my oldest son's birth arrived, If felt confident and excited. Fourteen hours later, (including over 3 hours of pushing, monitored closely but without any interventions that disturbed the process) Ryan arrived, rocketing into Ann's expert waiting hands. Since his birth, I have had three other children born at home with Ann in attendance, two of them very fast labors, under three hours total! Ann's presence was always reassuring, with equipment ready in case the newborn or I required extra assistance. Her postpartum and breastfeeding advice were invaluable. This past weekend, my oldest became a teenager, and thanks to Ann, I reminisce about his entrance into the world as both an empowering but biologically routine experience. I can't thank Ann enough!
I had Ann Kilroy for my midwife for two of my children. I was initially conflicted about a home birth, but Ann's expertise, and experience helped me make my decision. Ann was there for me throughout my entire pregnancy, always a phone call away to answer any questions with a calming reassuring voice that validated my desire to take control of my birth. I was fully mentally prepared for my home birth by the time my labor started. I felt "totally cared for" throughout my pregnancy both before and after. The stress of being in a hospital setting was removed as I labored naturally at home with my family around me. What a wonderful experience it was having a midwife as we welcomed our new baby. I would highly recommend Ann Kilroy as your midwife and labor support.