The Birth Center is not just for birth! We provide full-scope care for women of all ages from teens to post-menopausal. Our focus is to empower our clients through holistic health management and education.
Well Woman Gynecologic Care
Can you imagine looking forward to your yearly exam? Many of our clients do! Your 30 minute visit with your midwife includes a holistic review of your mental, emotional, physical and gynecological health. We provide annual exams with Pap smears, mammograms, contraception/ birth control, Natural Family Planning, holistic management of menopause, preconception counseling, and much more. We also offer free pregnancy tests.
Excellent prenatal care is the foundation of a healthy pregnancy, labor and birth. Our initial prenatal visit is one hour; all of the other prenatal visits are 30 minutes. We focus on nurturing healthy pregnancies through education, nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being. Building a strong relationship with each midwife is the core of our prenatal care, as that facilitates trust. We encourage family members to attend visits and participate in care and decision making.
Labor and Birth
At The Birth Center, pregnancy and birth is treated as a natural process, not a medical procedure. We encourage our laboring mothers to move, walk, eat, drink, shower, get on a birth ball or in the tub— whatever their bodies tell them to do! You may even birth your baby into the water birth tub.
The CNM stays with the family throughout labor providing labor support, comfort measures and medical monitoring. The result is a relaxed, empowered woman laboring effectively to birth her child naturally and safely. At The Birth Center, we appreciate and celebrate your individual birth choices. We provide education, information and personalized care to help you learn about your body, its various stages and your individualized needs during these important times. We work with you to learn about natural birth, individualized birth plans and encourage you to develop the trust in yourself to give birth and transition into parenthood. The rewards of learning to trust your body’s innate ability to birth are deep and will have a lasting impact on your family.The midwife stays with you for a portion of your postpartum stay; the Registered Nurse stays with you for your entire postpartum stay. Infants are never separated from mothers. They stay skin-to-skin and nurse during the first couple hours.
Welcoming a new baby into your family can be very frustrating and tiring! The postpartum support offered by The Birth Center is unmatched. From daily phone calls, to a visit in your home by one of our Registered Nurses, to our New Parents & Breastfeeding Support Groups, you will be sure to feel connected and supported. If you are having trouble with breastfeeding, our Board Certified Lactation Consultant will be there to guide you.
Education is the key to informed decision making. We encourage our clients to become as informed as possible about all of their health care options. We offer a full scope of childbirth education classes meant to empower our clients to make the decisions that are best for their own families.