I had the pleasure of visiting Freedom & the Seed last week. The midwives there prepare pregnancy and postpartum teas, so while I there picking up my order, midwife Wendi Cleckner was kind enough to give me a tour of their space.
To start off with, getting there is a journey in and of itself. The building is located in historic Tempe, so driving there I passed an eclectic collection of architecture. They are located in a complex of buildings that look like they were transported from another era – the complex is just north of the train tracks on Ash. Once you park, you walk through a lovely space that is reminiscent of an old town square.
There is not a receptionist when you walk in, however, there are many things to do while you wait. The office is comfortably appointed, with toys for children of all ages in the waiting area and three bookshelves filled with books on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. I picked up Birthrites by Jackie Singer and read a few pages while I waited.
When Wendi finished her visit with her patient, she gave me the opportunity to view their space. Off of the front entrance there are four offices. When you walk down the hall toward the back of the building, the kitchen is behind the wall of the waiting area. The midwives office is in the back of the building. After viewing that, we turned around to walk toward the front door again. Next is a room used by their resident chiropractor, who specializes in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic. The third room is a spacious room that is used for prenatal and postpartum visits. And the fourth room is currently in transition – a tea specialist is currently making a transition from a storefront to an office at the Freedom & the Seed.
I was very pleased to learn two new things the day I visited. First of all, a midwife will transfer a baby to a hospital if the baby is in distress – they are trained to know the difference between a thriving infant and one that needs medical care. Secondly, I learned that these midwives offer postpartum care for mom and baby at three days, five days and ten days after the birth.
Freedom & the Seed also hosts birth circles for their clients to come meet with other expecting families and discuss topics centered around pregnancy and childbirth. The midwives seem to have really thought out how they can best serve their clients in one welcoming location.
For more information, you can call Wendi Cleckner or Marinah Valenzuela Farrell Phone: 480.528.1689
Office location: 170 S. Ash Tempe, AZ 85281