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Meet Andrea Meyer of Ocean Midwives

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Meyer.

Pregnancy is a time for celebration, expansion, and empowerment! Ocean Midwives, Inc. is a full scope midwifery practice with a love for service & community. They understand the sameness and individuality of a woman’s life cycles. They offer education, clinical care & emotional support to better serve clients and their families. Many aspects of a woman’s life & her family are supported. Not just the physical, but also the emotional, mental, psychosocial, and spiritual self. The overall philosophy of care stems from the knowledge that pregnancy and birth are normal, physiologic life processes.

As a midwifery practice, they are committed to the belief that a woman has the fundamental right to choose where she will birth, who will attend her and what care she receives. Ocean Midwives, Inc. is committed to creatively and respectfully assisting the mother & her family through the many facets of this rite of passage. For this and many other reasons, Andrea Meyer with over 25 years of experience, has created Ocean Midwives, Inc.

She, along with the other midwives who they share call with, provide extensive coverage to women and their families in San Diego, S. Riverside, and S. Orange County. Individualized, relationship-based care, spending time together prenatally and in her postpartum, continued midwifery education, joined with open and clear communication help to ensure that the mother, baby and family’s wishes and needs will be cared for with respect and love.

A primary goal for Ocean Midwives, Inc. is to assist in the safest birthing passage possible for both the mother and baby regardless of the birthing locale. In line with MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America), they believe all women and their families deserve competent, safe, supportive caregivers whose main priority is safety and using evidence-based practices, to the best of their ability. Preventive health care in the form of high-quality, thorough prenatal care, including nutrition, is one of the main tools towards this goal.

They employ holistic methods to achieve well-being and focus not only on physical health, but also emotional, psychological, and spiritual health. They work together with clients through a shared commitment to a prenatal visit schedule, giving you tools and resources to educate yourself about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Together they are always evaluating well-being to maintain that each mother-baby client is a safe candidate for out-of-hospital birth. They do reserve the right to transfer care to another provider at any point that the mother-baby is no longer within their midwifery scope of practice standards, due to physical, emotional, legal or psychological concerns.

Another basic tenet of the practice is the parents’ involvement in ‘informed choice’ during their care and in formulating the birth experience that they desire. Informed choice is a partnership between the midwife-client. In this partnership, it is their responsibility as your care provider to direct you towards knowledge, information, and resources (classes, books, websites, research materials, complementary and medical care providers, and so on) to make the best decisions for your care.

This information will include the midwifery model standard of care as well as alternatives (when applicable), risks and benefits of available options, and the option to decline a test, procedure, or treatment. It is your responsibility to access these materials and do sufficient research, reading, and consultation with relevant sources as needed to make an informed choice for you and your growing baby. Informed consent is a part of care throughout the entire midwifery-client relationship and is an evolving aspect of how they work together.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some of the most enduring and pertinent struggles we face as midwives and most importantly the birthing mom and her family are the ability to give cooperative care or co-care when the medical community of care is necessary or desired.

Hospitals & Obstetricians still face many professional and personal obstacles when offered the chance to work with our clients (or patients as they refer to pregnant women and their newborns). Other allied professions welcome our referrals and collaboration. We, as midwives look forward to the day when all choices of location for attended birthing (home, birth center, hospital) are available to all American families and all families around the world.

Another huge barrier to midwifery for the client is money. Most insurance company’s cover midwifery care minimally or not at all. Out of pocket expenses add up quickly. This includes the midwives time and care but also access to the sonogram, labs, medicines, supplies and so on both for the midwife and her client.

The most difficult personal challenge midwives face may be the ‘on call’ time offered in small very client personalized practices. When a small practice, like mine, takes on a client we work to be available for that delivery in the 5-week window. But windows overlap and school vacations are not scheduled around pregnant women.

So the idea of leaving your client with the care of another midwife cam feel like a disappointment to the client. We don’t want that. We often feel personally responsible for each client’s need for intimacy of care in this very special and often momentous journey. Hence, we miss vacations and family events or just never plan them. The birthing environment is growing and changing and so are midwives and their clients and understanding are growing.

More groups of midwives are offering care which helps to keep ‘midwife burnout’ away.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
What sets us apart is our dedication to postpartum care.

We offer the standard legal 6 weeks for clinical care of mom& baby. But then we offer throughout the first year of the baby’s life visits for a cuppa tea and a chat. Sometimes its just nice for clients to have a safe place to share their joys and challenges. And we love to see the growing babies!

What were you like growing up?
I mainly share that I grew up in Connecticut in a 200-year-old house. I am a preppy hippie, fiercely independent but love to work and teach as a team. My education began at a Montessori school then into public for 5th grade. University in Tucson, AZ.

Yes, I am a sorority girl, Kappa Kappa Gamma. But moved with my family and lived in FL, OH, AZ, CA, MA and we did lots of driving trips too. Often you would find me outside, far into nature.

Science & art were some of my favorite subjects, but I always like school. With my family, we skied, swam, rode bikes, played games, did puzzles, gardened and cooked. My family was a lot of fun and still my biggest support crew.

Pricing:

  • $5000 full birthing package deposit

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