Michele Fitzgerald, CPM

★★★★☆

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Michele Fitzgerald was wonderful to have as our midwife for our first son, born at home during the first week of April, 2015. From the get-go she supplied us with a binder of information on home birth and her practice, and answered all of our questions in detail. Throughout the pregnancy she listened to our typical new parent paranoias, and while she took our concerns seriously, she had a wonderful manner of setting us at ease by arming us with information and encouraging us to trust our instincts. Her apprentices, Ellie and Jolene were also excellent. Ellie conducted a great birthing class and did our placenta encapsulation and tincture, and Jolene was present for the birth and did a great job assisting Michele, taking pictures, offering encouragement, and giving fantastic foot massage while pressing pressure points that helped alleviate the pain.

The birth itself was exactly what we'd hoped for, largely thanks to the relaxed but alert service of Michele and her team. We were able to enjoy the first stage of labor at home just the two of us, and Michele made herself available the very moment that we requested her presence. She was thorough in her check ups whenever she monitored the baby's heart rate and the couple of times that she checked my dilation. She also coached me through different breathing techniques and gave positive reinforcement whenever I had a dip in energy. One of the best aspects of the experience was the fact that it was led by my body and my baby-- when I felt I had to walk, I was encouraged to do so, and when I felt I needed a warm bath, she made sure I was comfortable. She made helpful suggestions for positions to labor in to help my dilation progress, but at no time did I feel like she was trying to take over or coerce me to do anything that I didn't consent to. She was able to pinpoint when I went into transition, and immediately help us perform some techniques to help the contractions come closer together, such as nipple stimulation by breast pump and breaking my waters, so that I could get to the pushing stage with as much energy as possible.

Michele was also very inclusive of my husband and mother in the experience, and incorporated them by suggesting ways that my husband could help me through contractions, instructing him on how to catch the baby, having him cut the cord, and asking my mother to time when the head and baby were born.

The aftercare was just as great as the birth. Michele and Jolene did excellent work detailing the event in their paperwork, cleaning the house and starting the laundry, and making sure we were taken care of and had our instructions before leaving. The follow up house calls were also very helpful, positive experiences.

One of the reasons I chose Michele was because of her years of experience, and her trust in the human body. My mother gave birth to all five of us at home and had a very good impression of Michele's ability, and now having had a successful home birth, I can attest to that as well. I highly recommend Michele and her team!

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Michele Fitzgerald was wonderful to have as our midwife for our first son, born at home during the first week of April, 2015. From the get-go she supplied us with a binder of information on home birth and her practice, and answered all of our questions in detail. Throughout the pregnancy she listened to our typical new parent paranoias, and while she took our concerns seriously, she had a wonderful manner of setting us at ease by arming us with information and encouraging us to trust our instincts. Her apprentices, Ellie and Jolene were also excellent. Ellie conducted a great birthing class and did our placenta encapsulation and tincture, and Jolene was present for the birth and did a great job assisting Michele, taking pictures, offering encouragement, and giving fantastic foot massage while pressing pressure points that helped alleviate the pain.

The birth itself was exactly what we'd hoped for, largely thanks to the relaxed but alert service of Michele and her team. We were able to enjoy the first stage of labor at home just the two of us, and Michele made herself available the very moment that we requested her presence. She was thorough in her check ups whenever she monitored the baby's heart rate and the couple of times that she checked my dilation. She also coached me through different breathing techniques and gave positive reinforcement whenever I had a dip in energy. One of the best aspects of the experience was the fact that it was led by my body and my baby-- when I felt I had to walk, I was encouraged to do so, and when I felt I needed a warm bath, she made sure I was comfortable. She made helpful suggestions for positions to labor in to help my dilation progress, but at no time did I feel like she was trying to take over or coerce me to do anything that I didn't consent to. She was able to pinpoint when I went into transition, and immediately help us perform some techniques to help the contractions come closer together, such as nipple stimulation by breast pump and breaking my waters, so that I could get to the pushing stage with as much energy as possible.

Michele was also very inclusive of my husband and mother in the experience, and incorporated them by suggesting ways that my husband could help me through contractions, instructing him on how to catch the baby, having him cut the cord, and asking my mother to time when the head and baby were born.

The aftercare was just as great as the birth. Michele and Jolene did excellent work detailing the event in their paperwork, cleaning the house and starting the laundry, and making sure we were taken care of and had our instructions before leaving. The follow up house calls were also very helpful, positive experiences.

One of the reasons I chose Michele was because of her years of experience, and her trust in the human body. My mother gave birth to all five of us at home and had a very good impression of Michele's ability, and now having had a successful home birth, I can attest to that as well. I highly recommend Michele and her team!

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Michele Fitzgerald brought my beautiful daughter into this world with a caring and soulful professionalism that has changed my life for the better,unexpectedly. She came highly recommended,and pleasantly exceeded all of my expectations.Specifically,her breadth of knowledge,which she shared during multiple visits and telephone conversations were so very reassuring....and this is what we are all seeking in an ever so fabulous home birth experience.Michele Fitzgerald defines midwifery and homebirth as it is meant to be....professional, informed, and caring. ....M.R

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Michele Fitzgerald brought my beautiful daughter into this world with a caring and soulful professionalism that has changed my life for the better,unexpectedly. She came highly recommended,and pleasantly exceeded all of my expectations.Specifically,her breadth of knowledge,which she shared during multiple visits and telephone conversations were so very reassuring....and this is what we are all seeking in an ever so fabulous home birth experience.Michele Fitzgerald defines midwifery and homebirth as it is meant to be....professional, informed, and caring. ....M.R

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I received no help from Michele during my brief pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. She gave bad breastfeeding advice as well as dangerous dosage on herbs for the miscarriage. When I confronted her about her lack of care, she sent me a thread of very mean and angry emails questioning the state of my family, mental health and got personal. This is DURING a miscarriage people! I am still waiting for my full refund, but what can you expect from a person who is so unorganized and uncaring that she can't even spell her clients name correctly. Look for someone else. There are too many good midwives in this town to be treated so appallingly by a hack.

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I received no help from Michele during my brief pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. She gave bad breastfeeding advice as well as dangerous dosage on herbs for the miscarriage. When I confronted her about her lack of care, she sent me a thread of very mean and angry emails questioning the state of my family, mental health and got personal. This is DURING a miscarriage people! I am still waiting for my full refund, but what can you expect from a person who is so unorganized and uncaring that she can't even spell her clients name correctly. Look for someone else. There are too many good midwives in this town to be treated so appallingly by a hack.

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Michelle has delivered both my kids at home and she made it a wonderful and easy experience! My second was born with down syndrome, and she handled that surprise beautifully! (and from what other parents have told me, she handled it WAY better than most physicians out there). She knows what she is doing and has many years of knowledge under your belt! If you want the best labor you could possibly have and want the safest option for you and your baby...call Michelle

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Michelle has delivered both my kids at home and she made it a wonderful and easy experience! My second was born with down syndrome, and she handled that surprise beautifully! (and from what other parents have told me, she handled it WAY better than most physicians out there). She knows what she is doing and has many years of knowledge under your belt! If you want the best labor you could possibly have and want the safest option for you and your baby...call Michelle

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If you would like a wonderful birth experience, do a homebirth with Michele. We will never have another midwife! She is knowledgeable and comforting. My husband and I felt very safe. She also has a wonderful apprentice that works with her (that we loved).

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If you would like a wonderful birth experience, do a homebirth with Michele. We will never have another midwife! She is knowledgeable and comforting. My husband and I felt very safe. She also has a wonderful apprentice that works with her (that we loved).

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