How do I know that a birth center is the right choice for me?

The majority of women are good candidates for a birth center birth.  Women who choose an out of hospital birth are committed to maintaining optimum health and well being during their pregnancies and birthing naturally. For example they:

  • Eat a healthy, well balanced diet
  • Continue to exercise in preparation for their birth and recovery
  • Educate themselves by reading from many different resources
  • Ask questions during their prenatal visits
  • Take advantage of community resources
  • Prepare for birth by taking one of the many different childbirth preparation courses are offered in the area.

Women choosing a birth center birth understand that in most cases minimal medical intervention is safest for both mother and baby, and in fact support and patience are all that are needed as she births her baby. Sometimes, however, pregnancy and birth are unpredictable and intervention may be necessary to ensure the best possible healthy outcome. In such a situation, since a trusting and respectful relationship has been established between the family and the midwives, a discussion of risks, benefits and alternatives occurs with ample time for questions. Then, even if the birth doesn’t go as expected the family feels comfortable with the plan of care, and the midwife continues to be present and supportive during the entire process.

What is the difference between a birth center and a hospital?
A birth center allows a woman to birth at her own pace therefore does not rush or slow down the labor process. WBWC encourages pregnant women and their families to take greater control over the plan for their birth experience. WBWC encourages woman to interact with family, eat, drink, walk, and be supported by the people around her. WBWC DISCHARGES STABLE CLIENTS 4-6 HOURS POSTPARTUM WITH A HOME VISIT BY OUR STAFF.

How do you monitor my baby during labor?

We only use a Doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat during labor, similar to the Doppler used in the office during visits. All the research has concluded that monitoring with a Doppler intermittently produces at least as good an outcome as monitoring the fetus continuously-and with far fewer cesarean sections! The frequency with which we listen is according to nationally accepted guidelines.

Do you do water births?

We are frequently asked if we will do a birth in the water. About 80% of our birthing moms choose to give birth in the water. Some of the benefits to laboring in the water include:

- Reduces sensory stimulus, thus producing less stress-related hormones
- Increases production of pain inhibitors, i.e., endorphins
- Decreases blood pressure
- Increases ability of the mother to focus
- Reduces the sensations of pain – an analgesic effect
- Increases skin elasticity, reducing the amount of perineal tearing
- Makes it easy for mom or dad (with midwife assistance) to “catch” their own baby because of the buoyancy of water
- Gentler birth for baby