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.
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. 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, and a past committee member of the Partners in Perinatal Health. She is the mother of six amazing people, five of whom were born at home.
Doula services are available for clients planning hospital or birthing center births. Doula services include:
2 Prenatal visits, in the client's home
Unlimited phone, text, and email contact
Labor Attendance, which includes phone contact in early labor, coming to the home or meeting the client at the hospital when active labor begins, and remaining with the client for several hours after the baby is born
1 Postpartum visit
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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.
I can't even put into words how positive my experience with Ann was for my pregnancy and birth of my son. I became interested in home birth years ago and after a complicated and difficult journey to pregnancy I knew the hospital scenario was not for me if I had another option. Ann made every prenatal visit warm and comforting. She calmed all my fears treated me like a friend while being extremely professional and I have to say everything she told me happened exactly as she said. I could trust Ann to make the best decisions for me and my baby based on her extensive knowledge and experience. I knew I wanted a home birth but I didn't know I could have a birth I actually remembered so positively. In fact, it was the best and most powerful day of my life so far and I would feel sorry for myself if I never got that experience. To have Ann there with her professionalism and comforting presence was critical for such a positive result. My son was born on my couch in the soft light of my salt lamp and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so grateful for Ann for facilitating that for us.