Questions commonly asked during a tour or in a phone conversation can be answered on this page. If there are additional questions please feel free to call us and we will try to any answer any concerns you may have. Additionally we have clients who can also we contacted who would love to share their story of their experience of The Birth Center.

  1.  What does a birth center have to offer?
  2.  Is The Birth Center is safe?
  3.  Is The Birth Center properly licensed?
  4.  What are the qualifications of the caregivers?
  5.  What if complications happen?
  6.  What pain management options are available to me?
  7.  How long do I stay after the delivery?
  8.  How many people can be in the room when I deliver, can my family and friends attend?


Why Choose The Birth Center?

Giving birth for some women is sacred and they want a place they feel is safe, comfortable, and honors their birthing wishes. Women’s Birth & Wellness offers an environment personalize and loving care:

  • Regardless of this being your first, second, or even fourth birth, you won’t know which birthing positions will work best for you during labor until you are in labor. At The Birth Center, you aren’t limited to laboring on a bed. You can birth on the birth stool, water tub, standing, squatting, or whatever happens to evolve.
  • Loved ones can be as close by (or as far away) as you need them.
  • You have access to many modalities of natural pain management, whether it be a soothing soak in the water tub to ease the rigors of labor, or listening to pleasant music. In addition, The Birth Center has a certified labor coach (called “a doula”) on staff to assist with your labor.
  • It is affordable. Many PPO insurance providers offer partial coverage; the remainder is made manageable with convenient payment plans. For those with no insurance, The Birth Center is an affordable option, again with payment plans available.
  • It is private. Often, your birth is the only one in attendance and other than the support staff, the only people there are the ones that you want to be there.

The Birth Center is there to listen and honor your choices and preferences.

How Do I Know the Birth Center is Safe?

Since 1999, women have been giving birth at The Birth Center. Giving birth at midwifery-operated birth centers has proven* to be a safe alternative to the traditional hospital setting, and The Birth Center is no exception. Women who are in good health and have normal pregnancies can have confidence in birthing their babies while under the care of The Birth Center’s qualified professionals.  The Birth Center follows industry established protocol and had all the necessary equipment to provide effective monitoring of maternal and infant care as well as handle common, non-emergency complications.

*Findings are documented in The National Birth Center Study, published by The New England Journal of Medicine.

Is The Birth Center Properly Licensed?

Yes. The Birth Center is licensed as an alternative birth center in the state of California by the Department of Health Services and meets all licensing and code requirements. The standard used for licensing are those set forth by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), of which The Birth Center is also a member.

What Are the Qualifications of the Caregivers?

Ruth Cummings, the attending midwife, is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Midwife (C.N.M.). A C.N.M. is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) who has chosen to become a specialist in birth women’s health. Every C.N.M. has completed a rigorous accredited nurse-midwifery training program, passed a Nurse-Midwifery Board Examination, and met the requirements of the state Board of Registered Nurses. The C.N.M. provides prenatal, birth, and post-partum care. In addition to a C.N.M., you may also have an R.N. attend your post-partum care.

What If Complications Arise?

Most complications during pregnancy and birth can be handled at The Birth Center, however, should you require additional medical assistance, The Birth Center will transition your care to an OB/GYN of your choice or a nearby hospital (Mercy San Juan is located 1 mile away). Not all transfers are emergencies, for example, if the baby is breech and won’t turn prior to labor; your care would be transitioned to an OB/GYN of your choice. Another example of a non-emergency transfer is when labor won’t progress, and additional medical intervention is needed. In this case, the C.N.M. would accompany you to the hospital for support until you no longer wanted the assistance.

What Pain Management Options are Available to Me?

The Birth Center provides natural methods of pain management.   A labor coach, referred to as a “doula,” is onsite and can assist you with your labor by employing a variety of pain management techniques such as:

  • Administering physical comfort measures, such as hot and cold packs, offering water, applying cold compresses, and giving massages.
  • Help you with position changes, such as walking, standing, and squatting.
  • Using water, which is an incredibly effective pain management tool. The Birth Center has both a shower and a large water birth tub that can provide relief during labor. Sometimes the tub is so effective that women stay in and have a water birth!
  • Making environmental changes, such as using aromatherapy, dimming lights, and playing soft music on the radio.
  • Addressing emotional support. Just knowing that your birth experience is going to be honored and respected and you can labor in privacy with your loved ones can be all the reassurance that women need.

Many women, especially first-time moms, are doubtful of their ability to have an unmedicated birth. Women are so much stronger, and more capable in birth than they know! If you have lingering doubts, The Birth Center can get you in touch with past clients who can tell you how they managed the pain of their labor and how empowered they felt after the experience.

How Long is My Post-Partum Stay?

Most women can go home with their newest addition to the family about three to four hours after delivery, after maternal and infant vitals have been monitored and deemed healthy, and breastfeeding is off on a strong start. At The Birth Center, recovery times are shorter than in traditional birthplaces because there are less medications and medical interventions. The advantage to this is that you can rest and relax in the privacy of your own home, and get acquainted with your new family as soon as possible.

Can Family and Friends Visit?

The Birth Center’s mission is to give control to the families in deciding how they want to birth, which includes who they want to attend the birth as well. Who and where you want family and friends to attend or visit is up to you. Children are more than welcomed.