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There are many journeys we take in life. For some of us, perhaps the most significant is that of pregnancy and childbirth. My sister Andrea Henderson, LM, CPM, IBCLC, has just opened her own practice in Bothell as the only licensed midwife who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in Washington State. Northshore Midwives & Lactation Consulting is a unique and special practice offering comprehensive care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum, as well as providing personalized and holistic care as a lactation consultant. Each patient can expect to receive all care from one provider, she schedules a limited number of births each month to maintain her ability to provide the highest quality care for each of her clients, and the practice is sustainable, committed to minimizing waste products.

During your prenatal-care you can expect:

  • Initial prenatal visit
  • Routine visits
  • Every 4 weeks from your initial visit to 28 weeks
  • Every 2 weeks from 28 weeks to 36 weeks
  • Weekly from 36 weeks to 41 weeks
  • Every 2-3 days from 41-42 weeks
  • Visits lasting 45-60 minutes
  • The same tests that you would have access to in a physician’s office, such as genetic screening and gestational diabetes
  • Thorough information about each screening and test so that you can make an educated decision based on informed consent
  • Ultrasounds will be offered early in your pregnancy, at around 20 weeks and again at around 41 weeks
  • Blood draws done in office
  • Pap smears and infection testing
  • Family planning counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • There is a midwife on call, available to you 24 hours a day, every day of the year

She provides birth care, including natural birth and water birth, at your home or at a free standing birth center, including; Eastside Birth   Center, Center For Birth and Cascade Birth Center. She will provide you with exceptional care wherever you choose to have your baby and you can expect to receive safe and loving treatment throughout your time with her.

After your baby is born you can expect:

  • Complete well-child care for your newborn for the first two weeks of life
  • Home visits for the first week after birth
  • Office visits between 1-4 weeks after birth
  • Final office visit between 6-8 weeks after birth

Andrea providing her services

A lactation consultation includes:

  • Complete medical history for mom and baby
  • Complete physical assessment
  • Nursing observation
  • Infant weight check before and after feeding
  • Practice with latch, positioning, hand expression and pumping
  • Education and answers to all questions
  • A written plan to help you through this challenging time

To top it off, they are a preferred provider for most insurance companies! If you are trying to conceive, or are already pregnant, you can meet with her for free! In addition to Bothell she serves the following areas:

Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Brier, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Everett, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish, Duvall, Carnation, Mercer Island, Renton, SeaTac, Kent, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and North Bend.

For more detailed information about her midwifery services, lactation consulting, testimonials, and to learn about Andrea’s background, visit http://www.northshoremidwives.com/index.html.

My beautiful nieces, June, Luna, and Quinn