Birth centers have been shown to be a safe option for low-risk, healthy women, offering the comfort and reduced stress of a home-like environment with the benefits of a well-equipped health facility. The National Birth Center Study II, published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health has shown that birth centers have excellent outcomes for mothers and babies, with a significantly lower rate of cesarean sections. The following statistics are extracted from that study, which is nicely summarized in this article.
Among women intending to birth in birth centers:
As a culture, we’ve been trained that epidurals are the primary source of pain relief for laboring mothers. While this may be the case in a hospital environment, there are actually many other highly effective methods of managing “pain” during labor. Many women who have unmedicated deliveries using one or more of these methods often report that they wouldn’t have necessarily even described the experience as “painful”, but may choose words like “intense” or “emotional” when describing the feelings they had during birth.
There are a handful of factors and tools that we integrate at the center to help make your birth as comfortable as possible:
At Denver Center for Birth and Wellness we are committed to helping provide a strong foundation of support for your breastfeeding relationship. Our staff consists of an IBCLC, lactation educator and doula, along with several nurses and midwives that have supported countless families to establish and continue breastfeeding successfully. Our program integrates breastfeeding support through the following:
Denver Center for Birth and Wellness is located approximately a minute and a half from the nearest hospital with emergency services and a level III NICU. All staff of the center regularly participate in emergency drills and we involve local EMS responders in our emergency protocols, as well as having direct lines of contact with the hospital to facilitate a smooth transfer or records, advance notice that we are coming, and as smooth of a transfer process as possible.
For non-emergent transfers, we also have relationships with hospital-based midwifery practices who are happy to accept our clients into their care and will respect and preserve as many aspects of your original birth plan as hospital policy and circumstances will safely allow.
The most common conditions that would prevent delivering your baby in the birth center include:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) practice independently. They generally do not need physician supervision. They are extremely valuable in areas that are underserved by physicians. APRNs have many specialties to choose from and are an integral part of our healthcare community.
There are 4 types of advanced practice registered nurses:
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a licensed independent health care provider educated at the master’s degree level and frequently at a doctoral level. Many Certified Nurse Midwives(CNM) have also been obstetric nurses before continuing their formal education to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM). Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) can prescribe medications, order testing, perform ultrasounds and physical examinations. Nurse midwives have been practicing in the USA since the 1920s.
Most importantly, midwives are passionate about providing exceptional personalized care for women. Typically, nurse midwives choose their profession because of a desire to serve and to improve the quality of care for pregnant and non-pregnant women.
Midwifery education is standardized and the official accrediting body is the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are required to have continuing education in order to maintain their certification.
Decades of research indicate that primary care services provided by advanced practice nurses and nurse midwives compare favorably to those provided by physicians. In a recent systematic review of studies comparing midwifery care to physician care, researchers examined multiple outcomes. Results indicated that women cared for by CNMs compared to women of the same risk status cared for by physicians had
Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are registered nurses with advanced education and training in assessment, evaluation and treatment of the entire family to include well visits, screenings, treatment of chronic and acute medical problems. They offer a wide range of healthcare services from healthcare promotion and disease prevention to direct care across the lifespan.
FNPs possess graduate level education including clinical training in family medicine. Their advanced education qualifies FNPs to serve as hospital and clinic administrators and policy makers as well as functioning in a clinical setting providing direct care to the family.
FNPs are lifetime learners as they participate in continuing education through out their professional careers. There are accrediting agencies that work directly with advanced practice nurses in the many specialties available.