What is a Birth Center?

What is a Birth Center?

What is a Birth Center?


A birth center is a safe, natural birthing option that combines a home-like environment with a highly-trained medical team who are here to support your wishes and empower your experience. 


As midwives, we provide family-centered care for healthy birthing people before, during, and after normal pregnancy, labor, and birth. Birth centers are a home-like facility, existing within a healthcare system with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth. We are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost-effectiveness.


What does Sacred Roots Birth and Wellness Center offer?


At Sacred Roots, we have multiple birthing suites in our two centers. Each of our suites has a birthing tub, a comfortable bed, and anything you could need for birth.


When labor starts, your midwife will greet you at the birth center and assess the well-being of both birthing person and baby. We will integrate our care process (assessing vital signs and labor progress, baby’s heart rate and position) into your labor process with as little disturbance as possible. We offer comfort measures to assist our clients in labor such as hydrotherapy, birth balls, sterile water papules, and Nitrous oxide. Our goal is to foster a comfortable environment providing support throughout your labor, birth, and for several hours afterward. We are respectful and responsive to you, your family, and your baby. 


What kind of safety procedures does the birth center have in place?


Birth centers are a safe option for birth. Many studies show that midwifery-led care in a freestanding birth center is one of the best ways to improve outcomes and decrease maternal mortality rates in the United States.


Sometimes, however, pregnancy and birth are unpredictable, and intervention may be necessary to ensure the best possible healthy outcome. In such a situation, since a trusting and respectful relationship has been established between the family and the midwives, a discussion of risks, benefits, and alternatives occurs with ample time for questions. Then, even if the birth doesn’t go as expected and a transfer to a hospital setting becomes necessary, the family feels comfortable with the plan of care, and the midwife continues to be present and supportive during the entire process. We also have emergency supplies on hand should the need arise. 


How do I know a birth center is right for me?


The majority of birthing people are good candidates for a birth center birth. Birthing people who choose birth center care are committed to maintaining optimum health and well-being during their pregnancies and birthing naturally. These birthing people desire shared decision-making with their provider.


Clients choosing a birth center birth understand that in most cases, minimal medical intervention is safest for both birthing person and baby. 


If you want to learn more about our care, send us a message