What is a Birthing Center?
A birthing center is a medical facility, specializing in childbirth, that is less restrictive and more homelike than a hospital. It is in fact a place that women come to give birth to their babies but also a place to find prenatal and postpartum care for themselves and their newborns.
It is much different then just a resource center. We can offer you lots of resources, but mothers come to our center for:
Full prenatal care, to have their babies in the birthing center or at their home and full postpartum care for both mom and baby for six weeks after.
Provided by a comforting and compassionate Midwife!
But what is it underneath just being a facility for a person to come to give birth.
Birth centers offer a much more individualized approach to birth and the care that you receive in pregnancy, with the benefits of hospital birth and the freedom of a homebirth all wrapped into one. Some people feel more comfortable being in a birthing center then they do with being at home for their birth. but our birthing center provides support for mothers who want to have their baby in their homes OR in the birthing center.
So at anytime you are able to make the switch from wanting to have your baby at home to wanting to use our birthing center or the other way around!
Who can have their baby in a birthing center?
Anyone who decides they would like to be informed or have a more personalized experience, as long as they are low risk in their pregnancy and continue with being so during their pregnancy. Good prenatal care is JUST AS important as who will be there when your baby is born. Good prenatal care can help to prevent many complications or help you find the right care if something does not go as planned.
What about a natural birth and why?
Some women know they want to birth in a hospital, and some women know they want to avoid interventions or birth without the help of drugs or medications.
We know that no one gets pregnant hoping to have a bad experience! So we are here to help!
If you want to have your baby in a hospital but would like to avoid unnecessary intervention, receive pain medications or over all just have a better birth experience in the environment that you choose, getting a doula is your best bet!
Hiring a doula to care for you if you are having your baby in a hospital may be a great option for you to ensure great communication between you and your ob/gyn or hospital based midwife and to help you get the hands on support to help you through your birth and help your partner to help you!
If you are looking for a doula to support you at the hospital, we also offer amazing doula support!
If you would like to avoid interventions, avoid medications, receive hands on support or experience enough to know when to be hands on and when to be hands off, feel like you have had plenty of time to feel listened to by your care provider who really takes the time to get to know you. Then getting a midwife sounds right for you.
Because we are a smaller birthing center, you will know who your midwife is and unless there is an emergency, you wont have to have someone attend your birth that you do not know.
So spend all the time getting to know your birth team, because we are it!
If you desire the amazing and empowering experience of a natural birth, your chances of success at a birth center are a lot more favorable then in the hospital! Even the studies show that out of hospital birth reduces your risk of intervention, is perfectly safe for low risk women, but the birth stories you can find of women birthing at home or in a birthing center speaks for themselves!
We support you wherever you desire to give birth.
You have many options.
Choose the option that helps you to feel your best, feel empowered. And most of all, helps you to have the best experience you can!
- About Ellie -
Holistic Evidence Based Support
The biggest reason I decided to become a midwife was so that I would be able to spend all of my time getting to know my clients. Learning your hopes and dreams about giving birth, being able to listen to your fears or excitements. Getting to discuss what its like to feel the big feelings of birth and how amazing they are. Wanting to see new parents thrive and build confidence in themselves.
Birth is just a small, yet amazing part of what I am passionate about. Birth is one day, maybe a few. and yes! it is the end goal of the pregnancy. But if we just slow down and take a moment or a breath, every moment of the before and after birth are just as important.
I was drawn to birth at a very young age. I helped my cat have 5 kittens on my bathroom floor when I was only old enough to ask my mother questions about the process. I say "helped" when really all I did was watch, and wait patiently while the new mother did everything instinctively. What I learned was that if I was to disturb her that she would get up and move into another room. So I had to be very quiet and trust the process of birth. Which I am thankful happened so early in my life. Because I trust birth now. I helped so many more animals have their babies while I was growing up. Wanting to be a vet, and then a nurse when I learned that humans also had babies. I threw myself into births arms and let myself get rushed away with how amazing it is. Attending births of friends, then offering my support to strangers, then taking a leap by quitting my day job and becoming a full time doula. Midwifery was what gave my life breath. Over and over I would hear other student midwives talk about their first "catch" (the first baby they helped be born) like it was this life changing moment. It was never like that for me. The first time a new baby landed into my hands felt like I had been doing it my whole life. even though I knew nothing about what I should or should not be doing. It felt like the most natural thing in the world to me to help families welcome their babies into their own hands.
but birth is just one part of the pregnancy, birth, postpartum, newborn care cycle.
You do not have to go through this journey alone.
Having a midwife should mean that you are supported in all of your decisions and helped to find your community so that you can grow and be nourished.
I have four kiddos of my own. All born naturally, in birth centers and home.
Serving families since 2001 as a Childbirth Educator, Nanny
and has enjoyed offering birth support to hundreds of birthing women since 2009 as a doula.
Attending over 450 births as a doula and midwife
Certified and Trained:
CPR, Blood borne pathogens, Food handlers license,
Neonatal Resuscitation, Naturopathic Practitioner, Birth Doula,
Breastfeeding Education, Life coaching, Beginning-Advanced Herbology, Pregnancy Massage, Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy , Reflexology, Homeopathy, Reiki, Professional Photography, Midwife Assistant, Rebozo techniques for Optimal Fetal Positioning
Degrees and Licenses:
Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of Texas, Certified Professional Midwife ( CPM ) from North American Registry of Midwives,
BS in Naturopathic Medicine from NUHM