A birth center is a homelike facility with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth.
Birth centers are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost effectiveness.
Birth centers provide personalized, family-centered care for healthy people before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor and birth.
Freestanding birth centers achieve better outcomes than hospitals on quality measures such as cesarean rate for low risk clients, elective delivery prior to 39 weeks, and breastfeeding.
Birth Centers are a safe option for clients experiencing a healthy pregnancy.
Birth centers use fewer medical interventions; this saves health dollars and reduces the risk of complications during childbirth.
What types of services are provided in a Birth Center?
Prenatal Care Nutrition and exercise counseling Routine diagnostic testing including lab work and ultrasounds Childbirth preparation Visits lasting an average of 60 minutes
Labor and Birth Care Continuous support from midwives and midwife assistants in active labor Skilled, client-centered healthcare Specializing in birth without pain medications Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin as routine No separation from the newborn
Water Birth A safe and gentle way to welcome a baby Click here for information on the safety of water immersion in labor and birth specific to birth centers.
Immediate Postpartum Care Help facilitating breastfeeding Full newborn exams Parenting with confidence
Postpartum Care Routine home visits at 24 and 72 hours Routine follow-up care with information on family planning, breastfeeding, recovery from birth, and infant health Appropriate resource referrals to local doctors and complementary providers
What is different about the Community Birth Center?
WHCBC is staffed by Licensed Midwives who have specific training and experience in home birth. We understand that for many families, birth at home is not a safe or affordable option due to geography, a shortage in care providers, insurance, and other resources. We strive to create a "home-away-from-home" atmosphere that is comfortable, safe, cost-effective, and individualized for each family's needs. Our program of care involves providers from multiple specialties (including lactation, social work, and complementary and alternative healthcare modalities) to better support our families.
WHCBC also serves as a facility where future midwives and future doulas can receive evidence-based, supervised, and supported experiences as they become skilled care providers. While our program of care includes students, the participation of students (just as with any other providers) is determined by the client's comfort level and birth plan. For more information about our education philosophy, click here.
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