“The environment was always clean, comfortable, relaxing, and friendly. I felt the care was of the highest quality.”
How Safe Is It?
Many clients wonder if a birth center would be safe for their pregnancy and birth. Birth centers are extremely safe for low-risk clients. Pregnancies and births at a birth center often have outcomes that are at least as good as those in hospitals, and often better.
Studies on birth center safety and efficacy consistently show fewer unnecessary interventions and dramatically lower cesarean surgery rates. We know that supporting normal birth produces better outcomes than medically over-managing it.
Midwives are highly trained in normal pregnancy and birth, and they also know when to transfer care to hospitals and doctors if things have gotten risky. Pregnancy and birth usually are physiologically normal events in a person’s life. In fact, the World Health Organization* says more than 85% of pregnancies and births are normal or should be normal.
Each pregnancy is unique, and there are many things we consider safe for birth center care. Get all of your questions answered by attending one of our free orientations, offered twice a month. Click HERE.
“Education about everything baby and mom was fantastic! I went into my labor feeling very knowledgeable and prepared.”
- Pregnancy tests
- Prenatal care
- Learn about the conditions that are OK for a birth center birth here.
- Any lab work needed
- Whole-food supplements, breastfeeding supplies and herbal support in our retail shop
- Referral for ultrasounds
- Choice of birth classes including a traditional 5-week series, a hypnosis class, or a condensed birth class (for second+ baby)
- 24-hour access to a midwife
- Nitrous oxide, pain medications and water papules for comfort
- Home-like environment; private room; freedom to move, eat and drink; and attentive care during labor and birth.
- Placenta encapsulation equipment rental
- Postpartum care, including birth control planning
- Breastfeeding help with our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
- Newborn checkups (first month)
- Breastfeeding support groups and classes
- Newborn care assistance and classes
- Carseat training and assistance
- Annual exams
- Pap smears
- STD testing and treatment
- Pre-conception counseling
- Birth control management
- Natural family planning
- Managing menstrual problems
- Menopausal care – we can help women manage menopause naturally (we do not prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or bio-identical hormones).
- Treatment of urinary/vaginal infections
- Referral for mammograms
- Certain lab tests needed, such as cholesterol, thyroid, glucose, vitamin D, etc.