Water Birth

Water has many benefits for a laboring person and can facilitate a peaceful entrance into the world for baby. 

Water enables relaxation, and using it during labor is no exception. Water has been known to reduce the intensity of labor and to make a laboring person buoyant, as they move with ease through the water. Most of all, water’s calming effect lends to a gentler birth, as baby transitions from its womb to a water world.

 For the greatest pain relief in labor, the person should be immersed in water, so it covers the belly completely. This creates buoyancy, which will counteract the weight of the belly and the pressure of the contractions. It is also much easier for the person to move in water, making changing positions easier! Being immersed in the water allows for a natural increase in the body’s production of feel-good chemicals, such as oxytocin, which naturally decreases pain. A birth tub should be deep and have plenty of space for you to move and switch positions. Usually, there is also room for your partner to join you in the tub if so desired.

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What to Expect

  • Intermittent fetal monitoring

  • Encouragement of eating and drinking during labor

  • Freedom of movement during labor

  • Freedom of birth position

  • Immediate skin to skin

  • Delayed cord clamping 

  • Lotus birth if desired

  • Honoring of the "Golden Hour" after birth


Home Birth

We believe home birth can be an amazing experience. 

Some people feel more relaxed and safer in their own homes, which allows them to labor more comfortably. For these people, our wonderful and experienced home birth team helps create that warm, supporting environment.  Your midwife, with expertise in normal childbearing, will focus on promoting the natural progression of labor and birth.

Person centered birth is important to us, and during the process of labor your home birth team will look after you and your baby's health and provide individualized emotional and physical support in a warm and positive environment. With the goal of a safe delivery in mind, they will help guide you through your birth journey, supporting your wishes and birth plan throughout the process as much as possible.

After your baby is born, our home birth team will stay with you for several hours. You and baby are closely monitored following birth, while still allowing for that all-important bonding that happens in the first hours.  It is our highest intention for you and your family that you have the time and space to bond and establish breastfeeding. During this time we will also monitor your physical well being, review your birth story, provide emotional support, and then perform physical exams of you and your newborn.

We offer you the option to birth in the comfort and privacy of your own home with your family surrounding you, along with the support of our loving and knowledgeable midwife and birth team.

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What to Expect

  • Intermittent fetal monitoring

  • Encouragement of eating and drinking during labor

  • Freedom of movement during labor

  • Freedom of birth position

  • Immediate skin to skin

  • Delayed cord clamping 

  • Lotus birth if desired

  • Honoring of the "Golden Hour" after birth


Our Birth Center

Keep your family at your side while giving birth 

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.

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

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What to Expect

  • Intermittent fetal monitoring

  • Encouragement of eating and drinking during labor

  • Freedom of movement during labor

  • Freedom of birth position

  • Immediate skin to skin

  • Delayed cord clamping 

  • Lotus birth if desired

  • Honoring of the "Golden Hour" after birth

 

Newborn Evaluation

When it's time, a complete newborn examination including weight and length (those things which everyone seems to want to know) will be performed on the baby. We respect the closeness of a newborn and its family, so the examination is done next to you.  This allows us to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns while still allowing for all those wonderful cuddles you've waited for.

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Both midwives are great & so is Gina! Each visit they were supportive, caring, compassionate & informative. We will be coming back with our second baby (not for a few years though 😂). We had an AMAZING birth experience & owe it all to Freya & Barbara for everything they did throughout it. ❤️
— Mallory N

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The Florida Room

The Beach Room

 

ALL ROOMS FEATURE THE FOLLOWING AMENITIES:

 
  • Spacious and open layout

  • Water birth options (tub or pool)

  • Customizable lighting

  • Birth ball

  • Birth stool

  • Salt lamp

  • Essential oil diffuser

  • Private restroom

  • Bluetooth capable speakers for your birth tunes

  • Large, comfortable, birthing bed

  • Ceiling fan

  • Large windows

  • Warm, homey, decor

  • Emergency equipment carefully hidden out of sight

  • Adjacent family waiting area

  • Access to our fully functioning kitchen

  • WIFI

  • Waiting areas equipped with Netflix