What's the difference between a CPM and a CNM?
Do you offer payment plans?
How do I get a Birth Certificate and SS Number for my baby?
What do I need to bring to the Birth Center?
How often will I be seen?
First appointments are typically scheduled around 9 weeks gestation. An ultrasound is an option at this appointment. We see each client every 3-4 weeks until about 30-32 weeks when we start seeing you every 2 weeks. At 36 weeks, we will schedule birth center walkthrough to make sure you are familiar with the Birth Center facilities, and from there we will schedule weekly office visits until your baby arrives.
We will schedule a visit at the birth center 24-48 hours following your birth to check on both you and your baby. Then we will schedule birth center visits for 4-6 days and 10-14 days postpartum for both you and the baby, and 6 weeks postpartum for you. More postpartum appointments can be scheduled if needed.
Can I have a VBAC at home or at the Birth Center?
Yes, you can have a VBAC with us! If it is your first time having a vaginal birth after your most recent previous birth was a cesarean birth, we will require a birth center birth. We will need to review your surgical records – to verify that you had a low-transverse incision and a double layer closure. We follow national guidelines for VBAC births.
What can you do for the pain of natural childbirth?
Labor and birth are intense experiences. However, our bodies are designed for the process. Being able to move freely, eat, drink, and rest helps you work with your body and make the process more manageable. Giving birth in the birth center allows these things to take place. In addition, we highly recommend laboring in water – either in a shower, tub or labor/birth pool. The warm water helps you to rest and relax – we call it a Midwife’s Epidural (see waterbirth). At the birth center, you also have the option of nitrous oxide or laughing gas, as a tool to help you through labor – it doesn’t take the pain away like an epidural but can certainly “take the edge off.”
In addition, we highly recommend the services of a professional labor support person (also called a doula). The support of a doula is an invaluable addition to the birth team. They can help with positioning, massage and counterpressure techniques, emotional support, and support of your partner which are all things that can make your labor much easier, and often make it faster. While your midwives and birth assistants must be primarily focused on safety for you and the baby, the doula’s sole focus can be on you and your partner’s comfort both physically and emotionally.
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We are so excited to announce that construction began last week on Beginnings Birth Center! Old walls are coming down and the new space is starting to take shape. The layout includes 3 birth suites, 4 exam rooms, a beautiful family – friendly waiting room, reception desk, education space, and kitchen.
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm
Let’s be straight from the start, the thought of a home birth scared the crap out of me. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to birth (or I was)