Homebirth Midwife in Houston
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Join the growing movement of natural minded women who are choosing a cost effective alternative that allows them to stand center stage as they become active participants in their own healthcare decisions.
Offering comprehensive midwifery CARE, doula support, and Placenta encapsulation IN The Greater Houston Area
Courtneay Zeek CPM, lM
Courtneay is a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives, and is licensed through the state of Texas. She maintains current certifications in CPR/BLS for the healthcare provider and NRP through the American Heart Association. She is a member of Greater Houston Midwives Alliance.
15 years of cumulative healthcare experience
Courtneay has been involved in a wide range of healthcare modalities since 2004. Prior to her 5 years of midwifery training she was a Certified Nurse Aide, then trained as a Medical Assistant with an OB-GYN in Cy-Fair. Additionally, she spent time volunteering in a pregnancy crisis center where she was trained as a post-abortive counselor.
What is MIdwifery?
The Lancet defines Midwifery as: "skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants and families across the continuum of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of life. Core characteristics include: optimizing normal biological, psychological, social, and cultural processes of reproduction and early life; timely prevention and management of complications; consultation with and referral to other services; respect for women's individual circumstances and views; and working in partnership with to strengthen women's own capabilities to care for themselves and their families.
How safe is homebirth?
Studies have continued to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of modern homebirth for the low risk mother. Recent research has found that while giving birth at home has similar, or slightly lower mortality rates as can be found in the in the hospital, woman who chose a planned homebirth, assisted by midwife, experienced less interventions and had greater level of satisfaction with their outcome.
"COURTNEAY WAS AWESOME! SHE HELPED COACH ME THROUGH THE DELIVERY OF MY SWEET BABY BOY! SHE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND ENCOURAGNED ME THROUGH THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF MY PREGNANCY. SHE MADE SURE I ACHIEVED MY GOAL OF DELVERING WITHOUT MEDICATION. SHE EVEN HELPED ME WITH BREASTFEEDING AFTERWARDS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR EXCELLENT SUPPORT."
TIFFANY C. DOULA CLIENT
"THANK YOU COURTNEAY, FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU GAVE ME THROUGHOUT MY PREGNANCY WITH MADELINE."
JAYLYNN M. HOMEBIRTH MOM
"COURTNEAY IS SUCH A PASSIONATE AND CARING MIDWIFE, SHE WAS SUPER FLEXIBLE WITH HER SCHEDULE. FROM PRENATAL APPOINTMENTS, TILL POSTPARTUM VISITS, SHE WAS VERY HELPFUL, AND ALWAYS GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND WITH HER CARE. IF I HAD KNOWN HER EARLIER, I WOULD HAVE USED HER FOR ALL FOUR OF MY BIRTHS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
L.F. HOMEBIRTH MOM
"I JUST HAD MY TWO WEEK POSTPARTUM CHECK UP WITH COURTNEAY AND I HAVE TO SAY SHE IS AN AMAZING MIDWIFE. I TRANSFERRED LATE INTO HER CARE, AND WAS SO HAPPY WITH THE CHANGE AND HOW WELL SHE TOOK CARE OF ME. SHE IS EXTREMELY ORGANIZED, HAS GREAT RESOURCES, AND IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. ONE OF MY FAVORITE DOCUMENTS IN THE BINDER SHE GAVE ME AT MY FIRST VISIT WAS THE NUTRITION SHEET, WHICH I GREATLY NEEDED. SHE CLOSELY MONITORED MY NUUTRITION AND GAVE ME SPECIFIC LISTS OF ALL THE FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT ME. SHE CALLED AND CHECKED UP ON ME TO MAKE SURE I WAS TAKING ALL THE SUPPLEMENTS AND EATING ALL THE RIGHT FOODS. AT MY BABY'S BIRTH SHE WAS WELL PREPARED AND MADE ME FEEL CONFIDENT AND CALM. SHES A CARING AND PASSIONATE INDIVIDUAL AND I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE MORE BABIES UNDER HER CARE. THANK YOU COURTNEAY, WE REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR US."
AMARIS C. HOMEBIRTH MOM
"I'M SO THANKFUL WE WERE RECOMMENDED TO COURTNEAY. SHE IS A TREMENDOUS MIDWIFE. THE FIRST TIME WE MET SHE WAS SO SWEET AND LISTENED ATTENTIVELY TO ALL OUR NEEDS AND WANTS. SHE NEVER PUSHED ANY OF HER OPINIONS ON US, BUT AT THE SAME TIME SHE WAS VERY CLEAR ABOUT ANYTHING FACTUAL THAT MAY HAVE HARMED OUR BABY OR ME AND ENCOURAGED ME TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES: INCLUDING MY DIET, HOME REMEDIES, SUPPLEMENTS, VERSIONS, AND MORE...SHE DID RESEARCH AND PROVIDED ME WITH LINKS TO ANY QUESTIONS I HAD. SHE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO LISTEN TO ME, AND AS A MOM WHO SPENDS ALL OF HER TIME AT HOME WITH CHILDREN, THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. WE ARE NEW TO THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND SHE WAS A FRIEND TO ME IN THE MIDDLE OF A LIFE CHANGE ON TOP OF A PREGNANCY. I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DESCRIBE IN WORDS HOW VERY THANKFUL I AM TO HER FOR THAT. COURTNEAY WAS VERY PREPARED FOR MY LABOR AND MADE SURE EVERYTHING WAS IN LINE FOR THE BIG DAY. SHE ALSO GAVE ME A LIST OF THINGS TO DO SO I WAS COMPLETELY PREPARED. WE ENDED UP NEEDING TO GO TO THE ER BECAUSE OF UNAVOIDABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT COURTNEAY WAS CALM AND WENT WITH ME THROUGH EVERYTHING. SHE ALSO MADE MY HUSBAND COMFORTABLE WHEN HE WAS APPREHENSIVE ABOUT HOME BIRTH. I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE LOOKING TO HAVE THEIR LITTLE ONE AT HOME."
RACHEL T. HOMEBIRTH MOM