The Midwife Group and Birth Center offers a full range of women’s health services:

  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Prenatal care
  • Laboratory services
  • Well Woman and GYN exams and PAP tests
  • Family Planning and Birth Control
  • Perimenopause and Menopause
  • Gynecological care
  • Preconception and minor infertility issues

Our Prenatal services include:

  • All pregnancy care with the choice of traditional or group prenatal education sessions called “Prenatal Care Plus” – Our value added prenatal care program
  • In house Laboratory services
  • Ultrasound availability
  • Labor and Birth care
  • Postpartum and newborn care

Prenatal Care-“Plus”

Pregnanat WomenPrenatal Care-“Plus” is a program that brings together women who have babies due around the same time for prenatal care, sharing, socializing and learning- all at one convenient time. The program consists of 6 sessions, each lasting about 2 hours. The sessions begin about mid-pregnancy and concludes about a month before your due date. Think of these as six prescheduled appointments. You will have your appointment and your educational session at the same time. Your group number will correspond with your due month, so all the ladies in your group will be due the same month as you. A nurse midwife leads each group meeting. You will learn to check your weight, urine, and blood pressure and the nurse-midwife will measure and feel for the growth of the baby and listen for the baby’s heartbeat. Laboratory work is done at the appropriate times. There is time for individual questions and concerns. Before the sessions begin and after they end, individual appointments will be scheduled as needed. The baby’s father or another support person is welcome to attend with you. We ask that you not bring children, as this is a time especially for you. If at any time you need or require an individual visit with your nurse midwife, we will arrange it. Group size is limited so we encourage you to enroll early. This program is offered at no additional charge.

If for some reason you are unable to enroll in Prenatal Care Plus, visits will be arranged on a traditional schedule. If this is your first baby or first birth center birth, we encourage you to attend the alternate breastfeeding and childbirth preparation class offered at the Birth Center. These classes include a small fee.

During Pregnancy

A woman’s body is beautifully designed to grow and birth and nurture a baby. This process is enabled by your self-care:

  • Learn as much as possible.
  • Think about where you choose to give birth.
  • Choose a health care provider who helps build your confidence for pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink lots of water.
  • Avoid substances that may be dangerous for you and your baby -such as cigarettes, alcohol, and street drugs.
  • Stay active.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Talk to your baby and enjoy your growing bond.
  • Try to minimize the stress in your life and practice stress management techniques.
  • Plan your baby’s birth. For most women, birth is normal, natural, and healthy. Learn what happens during childbirth and ways to cope with labor.
  • Enjoy this special time in your life!

Birth

The choice of birth setting can greatly influence your birth experience. The Birth Center offers some distinct advantages that are not available in the hospital. The Birth Center midwives follow these general practices that help keep birth “normal”:

  • Labor should begin on its own.
  • Laboring women should be free to move throughout labor.
  • Laboring women should have continuous support from others throughout labor.
  • There should be no routine interventions during labor and birth.
  • Women should not give birth on their backs.
  • Mothers and babies should not be separated after birth and should have unlimited opportunity for breast feeding.

 

The Birth Center is state licensed and nationally certified to provide a safe and comfortable place to have your baby. The midwives are able to deliver babies in the hospital when necessary but our preference and primary site of care is the Birth Center.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states:

For women who choose a midwife to help deliver their baby, it is critical that they choose only ACNM-certified or AMCB-certified midwives that collaborate with a physician to deliver their baby in a hospital, hospital-based birthing center, or properly accredited freestanding birth center.

That is what we are and what we do!