Our Birthing Center

Delivering your baby in a place that’s like home and has a knowledgeable supportive staff.

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Our birth center has a rich history serving the Gainesville, FL community.  It began as The Birth Center of Gainesville, and the first recorded birth was January 4, 1979.  Several years later, the name was changed to Birth Center of Gainesville and then in 2012 it was changed to the Birth & Wellness Center of Gainesville.  Under those names the birth center served well over 3000 families. In September of 2017 the birth center was sold and the transformation began to Gentle Journey Midwifery and Birth Center.  Since 2017 we have served over 100 families, and we are proud to be able to continue this historic tradition of providing birth options for the Gainesville community, whether that be home birth, birthing in our birth center, or water birth.

Our beautiful, freestanding, three story birth center and historic home built in 1904, dubbed "The Colson House," is cozily located in Gainesville’s Bed and Breakfast district; just a short distance from other historic homes and UF Shands Hospital.  Our amazing birth center is complete with all the luxuries of a high end spa, including a breath taking birth tub for water birth! We provide client driven care with birthing options for parents-to-be who desire a natural childbirth experience. Our licensed midwives are the primary care providers.  Our birth team has a close working relationship with local medical professionals should a need arise.  

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Besides offering a beautiful and safe place to deliver your baby, we offer many services including  preconception counseling, prenatal care, childbirth education, breastfeeding classes, postpartum care and support.  The birth center has 2 birth suites for you to choose from. Our main birth suite boasts soft lighting and a queen sized bed, with plenty of room for your support person, a luxurious birth tub for water birth, and access to a full kitchen. Families are encouraged to personalize the room by bringing pictures, flameless candles or essential oil diffusers, or by turning up the tunes. We value your privacy and provide private rooms for laboring clients. The adjacent waiting room is equipped with a television, seating for family and friends, as well as a closet full of family games, movies, and coloring books for all ages.

Within safe limits, you can walk around and be as active as you like, wear what you want, and give birth in whatever position feels most comfortable.  You even get to eat and drink during and after labor.

Our families stay together! At our birthing center your baby won’t be whisked off to another room after the birth.  Family and friends won’t be sent away either — unless you want them to be. Everything — from preventative care to baby's first checkup — happens in the birthing suite.

Statistics show the rate of C-sections for women who chose a birth center to deliver in is 6% (*compared to 26% for similar low-risk women in hospitals). 

 

*Shands rate in '14 was 34.58%

 
 
 
Andrea delivered 3 babies during hurricane Irma, ours being the 3rd! We had federal BCBS insurance and it covered pre-natal, birth, and post visits! Andrea is the BEST! it feels like a family reunion every time we go in for a check up.
— Joanna T
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Our birth center offers soft lighting, a queen bed (which means your partner can cuddle with you, if you’re up for it), a breath taking birth tub for water birth and a fully functional kitchen. Families are encouraged to personalize the room!

Our birth center always provides private rooms for expectant clients — whereas at a hospital, unless your insurance covers a private room (many don’t), you’ll be moved to a semi-private room after delivery.

You can walk around and be as active as you like, wear what you want, and give birth in whatever position feels most comfortable. You even get to eat a light meal or snack and drink during and after labor.  At a hospital, on the other hand, all food and fluids (except for ice chips) are usually a no-go, your movements will probably be limited (since there is usually continuous electronic fetal monitoring), and you’ll likely have to give birth lying on your back on the bed.

Families stay together. With a hospital delivery, your baby will be taken to a different room for his or her first checkup, and a few times more for other procedures. At a birthing center, however, your baby won’t be whisked off to another room after the birth (and family and friends won’t be sent away either — unless you want them to be). Everything — from preventative care to baby's first checkup — happens in the same room.

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A shorter stay. Because fewer medications and medical interventions are involved, recovery time is shorter than at a hospital. Most families leave the center about four hours after birth, compared to 24 to 48 hours at a hospital. And a shorter stay means you’ll spend less money. 

Reduced risk of a C-section. The rate of C-sections for women who chose a birth center to deliver is 6% (compared to 26% for similar low-risk women in hospitals).

No epidural. Most birthing centers don’t give epidurals. Instead, they turn to alternative pain relief options, such as hydrotherapy (water birth), breathing exercises, massage and acupuncture. a