Have Your Baby Naturally

Natural and Safe Homebirth

Have your baby in the comfort of your own home.  Midwifery care is a safe and thoughtful way to welcome a new baby into your family.  Explore your options and consider a homebirth with us.  We offer complete and holistic care throughout all phases of pregnancy and birth.  For low-risk healthy women, a natural birth at home offers a nice alternative. Have your baby safely and comfortably in the setting you desire.

 

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About Sunrise Midwifery

Certified Professional Midwife

We offer complete and holistic care throughout all phases of pregnancy and birth.  For low risk healthy women, a natural birth at home offers a nice alternative. Have your baby safely and comfortably in the setting you desire.  Appointments are typically scheduled for one hour with plenty of time to have your questions answered.  We offer flexible appointment scheduling including Saturday’s so that everyone in your family can attend.  Each prenatal visit includes an assessment of baby’s position, size, fetal heart beat and overall well being.  We also check mother’s blood pressure, pulse, weight and uterine growth. During your pregnancy, we offer all routine laboratory testing and ultrasound.

Water Birth

We offer a waterbirth option at no additional charge.  Healthy women can safely labor and birth in the water while enjoying the many benefits that water can provide. We also have birth pools specifically designed for waterbirth as well all the necessary supplies you’ll need.

Home Birth

Have your baby in the comfort of your own home.  Midwifery care is a safe and thoughtful way to welcome a new baby into your family.  Explore your options and consider a homebirth with us.

Doula Support

Sunrise Midwifery offers a professional Doula Support Package for your planned hospital or homebirth.

What to Expect

Sunrise Midwifery’s prenatal schedule consists of monthly visits until the 28th week, every 2 weeks until the 36th week followed by weekly visits until your baby’s birth. Birth takes place in your home or a location that you find desirable.   Doula support is also available to provide you with the comfort and support you need during your birth.

Postpartum Care

Postpartum care includes all newborn testing, birth certificate, home visits following your birth, and sensitive postpartum care for both mother and newborn for up to 6 weeks.

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1st Meeting

We discuss your pregnancy and the best and safest plan for you.

Jude Melton, CPM, LM

 

Midwifery Training
I attended Maternidad La Luz, a free-standing birth center in El Paso, Texas. MLL is a MEAC Accredited Midwifery School offering a unique setting on the US/Mexico border.   I successfully completed the advanced three-year program and became a Certified Professional Midwife.  I returned to Arizona and opened Sunrise Midwifery in October of 2004.
 

 

About me
I’ve lived in Arizona for most of my life.   I have four sons and seven grandchildren, all who live in the valley.  I enjoy spending time with my family and am blessed to have everyone here.  My hobbies include sewing, pattern design, fiber spinning, and travel.  I love babies and everything about being a midwife.  I’m truly living my dream.  Midwifery is a blessing and I’m grateful for all the joy it has brought to my life.

Our Reviews

We adore Jude and Che! They bonded with our entire family and educated and supported us throughout the entire pregnancy. Our son was born at home with the help of these two wonderful people! I couldn't have imagined a more perfect labor and delivery. The last part of labor came fast and strong and I was a bit overwhelmed with how quickly it came to push. Jude was there to keep me focused. I needed her and Che's voice there to reassure, guide and encourage, and I'm truly grateful for both of them for giving us such an amazing experience.

Ty & Lindsey Ferree: Homebirth

We could not have picked a better midwife ❤️ She instilled confidence in me to believe in my body’s ability! Jude gave me a positive birth experience and help bringing My son into the world that’s 2 big gifts. My family Lives in Europe and my parents in law on the East Coast. Not having family close by was difficult, but Jude & her assistant Che Were the perfect Support system.

Mikal Davis: Homebirth

Jude is an AMAZING midwife! My wife was laboring for about an hour and Jude knew exactly what to do to have my wife move so the baby would shift just right. We had our baby “sunny side up” and it ended up PERECT. Everyone healthy and happy. I highly recommend Jude if you are considering a midwife! I honestly felt safer with her than when we had our first baby in a hospital.

Chase Wilson: Homebirth

I'm not sure how to sum up our experience with Jude in a short paragraph. This was our 3rd pregnancy and by far the most difficult for me both during the pregnancy and the recovery afterwards. Everything was so different that I felt like a first time mom all over again. Not once through the entire process did Jude ever make me feel stupid, inadequate, anything negative, really. She was so encouraging, uplifting, supportive and loving towards not just me but my entire family. Her heart put all the right people in our path, her guidance gave us the most beautiful and peaceful birth I've ever had, and her encouragement during the postpartum period has been above and beyond what I ever could have asked for. She puts her heart and soul into each client and makes you feel like you are the only client she has. I couldn't have asked for a better midwife!!!!

Jessi Welch: Homebirth

Jude was an awesome midwife. Our entire experience with Jude was great, from start to birth. And to be able to have our little girl be born at home. You can't describe it. It was amazing. Just to top off the great and professional service we are still friends. If we decide to have another kid we will definitely going back.

Shawn Knutson : Homebirth

Finding Jude was such a blessing! She was our midwife for three pregnancies and home births. Jude helped me with managing my food for optimal health of our babies. She is still a great friend of the family as well. Her knowledge and care was exactly what we needed and we are forever grateful that we were able to have our babies at home with her assistance.

Stephanie Slusher : 3 Homebirths

Jude was an awesome midwife. Our entire experience with Jude was great, from start to birth. And to be able to have our little girl be born at home. You can't describe it. It was amazing. Just to top off the great and professional service we are still friends. If we decide to have another kid we will definitely going back.

Shawn Knutson

Jude is an absolutely wonderful midwife. Me and my wife can not say enough nice things about her. We have had six kids ranging from military hospitals to home births, in Alaska and Arizona. I am a military veteran and having had babies born while I was deployed I know the difference a supportive midwife can make. She isn't the kind of midwife that keeps track of just enough personal information to make you feel like she knows whats going on. She gets to know you and really does care about her clients and treats them like family. I loved that close connected feel. It makes the entire birthing process so much more personal. Having a midwife feel like family is so much less intrusive and seems so much more natural to me. I am not entirely sure if we will have more kids, but if we do there is no one I would rather have. Unlike other midwives we have worked with I never once felt she was more concerned about money or building a client base, than she was about us and our concerns and needs.
Zach Ridgeway
Finding Jude was such a blessing! She was our midwife for three pregnancies and home births. Jude helped me with managing my food for optimal health of our babies. She is still a great friend of the family as well. Her knowledge and care was exactly what we needed and we are forever grateful that we were able to have our babies at home with her assistance.
Stephanie Slusher
Jude cared for myself and my 3 babies, who were all born at home. She was with me for every step of the way and was caring and kind. She doesn't just look at you as a client, she also becomes your friend. She is very knowledgeable and HONEST and she acts with integrity within the Midwifery scope of practice. I highly recommend her.

Christina Sternberg

I had the pleasure of working with Jude to birth my two beautiful babies. She is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to go above and beyond to help. I always felt I was given the power to handle this miracle myself because she never tried to take it from me. Jude turned into one of my closest friends through the journey of pregnancy and I would recommend her 1000xs over for anyone considering hiring her as your midwife. Thank you Jude!
Boo Parent
Jude is such a beautiful person. She offered competent clinical care and loving emotional support to me with my third baby. There was a lot of stress surrounding my pregnancy and birth and she was my rock. I highly recommend her!

Jillian Haretuku

Jude was my midwife for two pregnancies. I had a truly amazing experience working with her! She is so intuitive, so patient, so professional and knowledgeable. Our pre-natal appointments were an hour long; during that time I became very educated about many aspects of pregnancy and birthing, nutrition, and I also felt very supported and cared about! My home birth experience was exactly my vision of what I wanted. I wanted to be the leader, I wanted a midwife there to support me, but I wanted to be in control of myself and my environment. My experiences were so fulfilling, memorable, and meaningful. Jude is very well read and educated, she stays current on all information. She absolutely can be trusted with the safety and well being of the patient. Level headed, dependable, kind, thoughtful; Jude is a treasure.

Danielle Zilly

Jude was my midwife for two pregnancies. I had a truly amazing experience working with her! She is so intuitive, so patient, so professional and knowledgeable. Our pre-natal appointments were an hour long; during that time I became very educated about many aspects of pregnancy and birthing, nutrition, and I also felt very supported and cared about! My home birth experience was exactly my vision of what I wanted. I wanted to be the leader, I wanted a midwife there to support me, but I wanted to be in control of myself and my environment. My experiences were so fulfilling, memorable, and meaningful. Jude is very well read and educated, she stays current on all information. She absolutely can be trusted with the safety and well being of the patient. Level headed, dependable, kind, thoughtful; Jude is a treasure.

Danielle Zilly

I had all three of my babies with Jude. All of the pregnancies and births were different, but Jude's gentle hands and caring heart remained a constant. She's knowledgable, respectful, non-judgmental, encouraging, supportive, and calm under pressure. If you are considering a home birth, consider Jude.

Stacy Aberilla

Jude is not JUST a midwife to me... she is person whom I trust more than any other in this world with any pregnancy and infant related questions. She is a friend, mentor, and member of our family. Her passion,knowledge, and drive for caring for women in their most sacred time is unparalleled. If you are considering a home birth in Arizona I wholeheartedly recommend you meet with Jude..you will be in the best hands.

Tasia Allen

I have had 3 births with Jude at Sunrise Midwifery. Trust me when I say she knows her stuff. We had a birth that unexpectedly took a surprise turn. She was calm and knowledgeable. Our family was fortunate to have her. Should I find myself pregnant again, there isn't a midwife in the world that I'd rather have by my side.

Laurel Wise

Jude is an amazing midwife. She is very easy to talk to and she was very comforting when I needed it most. I would recommend her to anyone! I always looked forward to my appointments with her. I knew she was the midwife for me as soon as I spoke to her on the phone.

Cassie Wright

Jude is an warm, caring, friendly midwife who made my third birthing experience he best one! I had my first two kids with OB's in the hospital, and felt like a patient, not a person. Jude provides excellent care throughout the entire pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. She is always there when you need her.I highly recommended Sunrise Midwifery to everyone having a home birth!

Erica Whetten

Jude is a fantastic midwife! I found her for my 4th home birth (6th baby). Not only was Jude friendly and knowledgeable, but she made me feel like family. We have a unique situation and she handled it without judgement, and was supportive, no matter what I needed. She respected me and my family and was very flexible. I loved drawing on her experiences with midwifery and life in general. Fabulous experience! I would recommend her to anyone interested in question home birth or well woman care.

Amanda Ridgeway

Jude was an incredible source of knowledge and wisdom for me. She guided me through my pregnancy with my 4th baby and was vigilant and easy to get ahold of. She bonded well with my husband and kids and my whole family just loved her! Unfortunately I was unable to have a home birth due to low iron levels that just would not come up. She directed me to an amazing midwife with hospital privledges, but stayed with me, checking in on me and helping me write my hospital birth plan. She was there for delivery and helped me make good decisions about my care during labor. Cannot say enough good things about her. She really pours her heart and soul into her role as midwife and she does it so well!

Ashley Krupnik

I couldn't have asked for a better midwife and by the by the end of my pregnancy Jude became a life long friend of our family! Her knowledge, care and love for our family was truly the best!!!
Aspen W

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What makes midwifery care different?

A: We provide safe and modern maternity care in an out of hospital setting. Midwives are experts in caring for women and their newborns throughout all phases of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Q: What are prenatal visits like?

A: Each prenatal visit includes an assessment of mother and baby. Fetal heartbeat, position, size, blood pressure, pulse, and uterine growth are part of our routine care. We also offer nutritional counseling at each prenatal visit. Prenatal appointments are scheduled for one hour with plenty of time to have your questions answered. We see you every 4 weeks until the 28th week, every 2 weeks until the 36th week followed by weekly appointments until your baby’s birth.

Q: What equipment does a midwife carry to a homebirth?

A: We carry up to date medical equipment to safely evaluate and monitor your labor and birth at home including, electronic fetal device, pharmaceuticals medications, medical instruments, newborn resuscitation equipment, oxygen, blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximeter, fluid test strips, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies.

Q: What about prenatal testing and ultrasounds?

A: Laboratory testing is part of your care with all blood draws collected in office. Ultrasound testing is performed at our contracted diagnostic imaging facility with a professional evaluation read by a radiologist.

Q: Do you offer waterbirth?

A: Yes! We encourage the use of water during labor and birth. We also have rental birth pools available for our clients.

Q: Can I transfer from an OB to a midwife during pregnancy?

A: You may choose to transfer care to a midwife at any time. If you have been receiving care from another provider, we will request medical records and then evaluate your health and pregnancy history to see if homebirth is right for you.

Q: What if I don’t have insurance?

A:  We offer a cash payment plan for those paying out of pocket. In addition, we offer a low-cost laboratory package that will cover your routine labs. Ultrasounds are also offered at a discount at our contracted facility. At your initial visit, we arrange a payment plan that is comfortable for you. Most clients make monthly payments with everything paid in full by their due date.

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(480) 784-7396

At the cross-streets of University Dr. and Alma School Rd. Mesa, 85201

Jude@sunrisemidwifery.com

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Sunrise Midwifery

Located near University Dr. and Alma School Rd.