Are there criteria for which women can safely have their babies at the Birth Center?
There are eligibility criteria and we are happy to share them with you. In summary, you might say that any healthy woman with one baby coming head first near conclusion of a full-term pregnancy is considered eligible to have her baby at the Birth Center! Rather than excluding most women, the majority of women could safely have their babies in a Birth Center environment.
What is the cost of prenatal care and delivery at the Birth Center?
The cost of midwifery care and birth at the Center is substantially lower than the cost of having a baby in the hospital. For this reason the birth center is often a choice for self-pay clients. The business staff will assist you in working out a payment plan for your care.
What kind of insurance is accepted at the Birth Center?
Most private insurance plans are accepted by the Midwife Group. We also accept Georgia Medicaid.
Is there an obstetrician/gynecologist involved in my care?
The midwives work in collaboration with obstetrician- gynecologists. That means that if a problem arises, the midwife is able to consult with or refer to our physicians. In most pregnancies, the woman is cared for exclusively by the nurse midwives.
Will I be able to handle labor without an epidural?
There are many simple measures that are helpful in reducing pain and discomfort in labor. The freedom to move about, to eat and to drink provides comfort to the woman in labor. The continuous presence of the midwife and of the woman’s loved ones provides support and encouragement for the woman to relax and let her body function. Pain medications are also available. Some women and midwives refer to immersion in a warm tub as an “aquadural” because of its ability to soothe and help the mother to relax with her labor. If a special circumstance requires an epidural, the woman and her midwife can move into a hospital setting.
Will I be offered the opportunity to develop my own birth plan?
The hallmarks of midwifery care at the Birth Center are choices and freedom. We want you to develop a birth plan and we respect your decision making.
What if something happens in labor?
Over the years, the midwives have handled a variety of special circumstances at the Birth Center. Nearly all of these are non-emergency situations. The midwives have a system in place for safe and efficient transport to a hospital if that should be necessary.
How long is the postpartum stay at the Birth Center?
The postpartum stay is intended to ensure that mother and baby are well and stable before they return home. This can be as short as 4-6 hours or up to 23 hours. Most women prefer the idea of returning to their own home and bed for the quality rest and relaxation that it brings. The midwives prepare families for what to expect after the baby is born and you and your baby will return to the center to be checked in the first few days after birth.
Are childbirth classes available?
Preparation for childbirth, baby care and breast feeding are incorporated in all aspects of prenatal care. If a woman is enrolled in Prenatal Care “Plus,” education is part of the program. Women who are receiving traditional prenatal care are offered different options for childbirth and breastfeeding education.
Is a water birth an option at the Birth Center?
The Birth Center has over 25 years experience with water births. Water birth is a safe experience for the mother and baby.
What if my birth requires a Cesarean section?
The Center has the lowest Cesarean section rate in the region. If a Cesarean is necessary for a safe birth, the mother is transported to the hospital and our collaborating Ob-Gyn manages this surgical procedure.