1.done by people acting as a group 2.formed by collecting; gathered into a whole
"I was met by a sound something like a cross between singing, yelling, growling, and yodeling. It wasn't exactly a sound specifically voicing pain. It was the sound of pure power, the sound of immense strength fueling the creation of life… And then a minute later I saw in slow motion as my little sister tumbled out into the world, and my mom scooped her up into her arms, and my brain was working full force again, and my new sister pulled my mom's hair, and "Asleep and Dreaming" by The Magnetic Fields was playing, and my vision blurred from tears, and she was so gorgeous. That was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life. And as I sat there laughing and crying at the same time, the only thing I could think was "Life is so beautiful." -a home birth sibling, age 12
Our Philosophy of Care
At Collective we are committed to providing safe, respectful, inclusive midwifery care for our clients of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and family structures. Our services include full-spectrum well-person care, contraception, and midwifery care throughout the childbearing year. We believe in the power of relationships, and we value the time we spend with you, getting to know you and your family as we build confidence and trust. As your partners in healthcare we provide the counseling, education, and support you need to make well-informed decisions that align with your personal values. We are passionate about the process of natural birth with minimal intervention and are happy to offer birth services at home or at the Birth Center of New Jersey. It is our privilege to honor your labor and birth as normal physiological processes. We trust in you, your body, and your abilities.