We are Sandra Schwarz and Sabine Seibold, two passionate home-birthing midwives providing care throughout the northern Berlin districts. For a hospital delivery, we are also able to use the delivery rooms at the Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum.
Every woman is entitled to care by a qualified midwife during pregnancy, childbirth, puerperium (the period up to 12 weeks postpartum) and while breast-feeding. We are here to provide support, care and advice from the very first weeks of pregnancy right through to postpartum, and strongly believe in a woman’s right to make her own birthing choices.
As midwives, we’re qualified to carry out routine check-ups in accordance with German maternity guidelines (including blood tests) and are authorised to document these in your official maternity records (“Mutterpass”).
We can carry out all prenatal check-ups and examinations ourselves (excluding the three routine ultrasounds, which are done by your gynaecologist). Should you prefer a dual approach, check-ups can be alternated between us midwives and your doctor’s surgery.
Appointments are scheduled at regular intervals with plenty of time for talking through any uncertainties, worries or discomforts. We’re here to offer our help and advice on any questions concerning pregnancy, birth, birthing location and the first postpartum weeks.
Pregnancy and birth are the most normal, and sacred, of life events. We take our responsibilities as midwives seriously, which at times also means being able to know our own limits and refer pregnant women to other professionals if necessary.
We are also trained in traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and taping therapy.
Midwifery assistance is regulated by law and is paid for by all state and most private health insurance companies (with the exception of the 24/7 on-call midwife service beginning 3 weeks before your due date, which is paid privately).
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Options about where you would like to give birth will depend on your personal needs and risk category. We will be happy to provide you with information and advice to help you to make the right decision for you and your baby. Giving birth at home can be a safe alternative to a hospital birth if your pregnancy is low-risk. See also here.
As experts in healthy, low-risk births, we view childbirth to be something that, while requiring great strength and effort, is a process which your body is physiologically perfectly capable of handling. Our role is to be your trusted companion throughout; supporting you, holding space for you and helping you to believe in your innate strength and ability to give birth. We closely, yet unobtrusively, monitor both mother and baby during labour and birth, and are fully trained to deal with any unforeseen events. One-to-one birthing care provides women with a strong sense of security and has been proven to reduce the need for intervention during birth.
When deciding on a home birth, we first ensure that it is a medically safe option for you and your baby before discussing in detail the type of birth you, the expectant parents, envisage. One of the main advantages of a home birth is remaining in the comfort of your familiar surroundings where you can feel completely relaxed and hence better equipped to work through the contractions. There’s no need to disturb the birthing process by leaving to go to the hospital. And when baby arrives, you are already at home. Where better to enjoy your first moments together? If you would like a water birth at home, we can arrange a birthing pool for you.
Opting for midwife care means that when it comes to giving birth, you and your baby will be cared for by someone you have met before, who knows you and understands what is important to you. Our relationship will have flourished during your pregnancy through our frequent consultations, chats and check-ups.
We work closely with other midwives who support us during births as so-called “second midwives” and who are also able to stand in in case of illness.
Part of our work also includes supporting couples during sad and difficult times. We willingly offer our help with miscarriages and stillbirths. This service is also covered by health insurance companies.
The only additional private cost is our 24/7 on-call service. This enables us to ensure that your midwife is ready and waiting to be by your side as soon as labour begins. Most statutory health insurance companies now contribute to the costs of the midwife on-call service. Please ask us about the details.
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Once your baby is born, we will support you throughout the puerperium phase. The first weeks with your baby can be an emotional roller coaster. Although excited to finally meet your baby you may also find it challenging. During this time we will provide guidance on caring for your baby as well as for yourself, and will support and motivate you through difficult situations. We will ensure you are recovering well, both physically and emotionally. Together we will try to identify your needs, as well as those of the baby, and develop individual solutions for your family.
We are here to offer breastfeeding counselling, ensure the uterus returns to its original size, we check up on the growth and overall wellbeing of your baby and provide any advice you may need on baby care.
We also work together with other professional groups, such as breastfeeding consultants and osteopaths, on an interdisciplinary basis.
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From the beginning of the pregnancy right through to the end of my recovery (Wochenbett), I always felt reassured by Sandra and Sabine’s competence and experience. I quickly learned to trust them both, I was so grateful for their advice and patience, their natural approach to healing and treatments, and they supported me in such a way that allowed me to learn to trust my own intuition as a new mother. Most importantly, I felt understood.
I was born in Nuremberg in 1981 and moved to Berlin during my midwifery training. I have worked as a hospital midwife, a freelance midwife attending hospital births (“Beleghebamme”) and in a birth centre.
I truly value the versatility of my profession. It is a privilege and honour to be allowed to offer my help and support during labour and birth. I look forward to caring for you too.
I was born in Magdeburg in August 1986. After my training there as a midwife I moved to Berlin in January 2009. I spent several years working as an employee and “Beleghebamme” in a large Berlin hospital.
I then moved to the Maja birth centre in Prenzlauer Berg where, together with Sabine and my other colleagues, I assisted women with births both at home and at the centre.
I live in the north of Berlin with my son and husband.
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