Your pregnancy journey should be supported with
love, kindness and a sense of empowerment.

Every staff member at Birth and Women’s Center deeply understands this.
The strength you receive today will guide you into motherhood.

Your journey includes the following services:
• Prenatal care
• Nutritional Counseling
• Routine lab work
• Mandatory Birth Center Preparation Class
• 24-hour availability of a nurse-midwife
• Labor and delivery
• Immediate postpartum care
• Newborn exam
• 10-day visit following delivery
• 6-week check-up following delivery
• Family planning

If you need to give birth at the hospital, our consulting physicians understand your desire
for an unmedicated birth. Their level of intervention is dictated by the immediate needs of you and your
baby to ensure a safe delivery. You will be treated with respect and support.

Prenatal Care

The nurse-midwives provide all prenatal care.  Your visits, though seemingly routine, regularly assess the health of you and your baby and ensure that your pregnancy remains low-risk.  You will not need to see a physician unless a medical concern develops.  Sonograms are not required unless a situation needs closer observation.

Your first visit will include:

  • Well woman health exam
  • Pap test
  • Medical history review
  • Blood work
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Psycho-social support
  • Exercise education
  • Evaluation of your baby’s well-being
  • Review of transferred records (if applicable)

Birth Center Preparation Class (Mandatory)

The month before your baby is due, both parents will attend an instructional class at Birth & Women’s Center.  This class gives you helpful handouts, tips and important information to guide you on your journey through birth and the immediate postpartum period. Please note this is not a childbirth education class.

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Labor and Delivery

We view your birth as a family experience — equally important to the mother and father.  Having a baby is a highly personal event. You may share it with whom you invite.  Many fathers choose to help deliver their infants.

During labor, we evaluate your progress and offer emotional and physical support.  You choose the position and place of delivery based on what is most comfortable.  You may walk around, relax in water, sit in a chair, or do anything else that will help you maintain a maximum level of comfort.  Very few women choose to labor in bed.

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PostPartum Care

Follow-up care begins immediately after the birth.  Your nurse-midwife examines your newborn, provides advice on breastfeeding and infance care, and rejoices with you and your family.

An hour or two after birth, fathers give their babies a Leboyer bath.  This is not meant to clean the baby, but to allow the baby and father time to bond.  In this bath, the infant feels the warmth and comfort previously found in the mother’s uterus.

Following the birth of your child, we will see you for the 10-day and 6 week follow-up appointments.

 

During the 10-day visit, your baby’s footprints will be added to our “walls of fame,” where over 3,800 babies have made their marks on the Birth Center. Bring a camera and a loved one to help capture the moment!
If you choose to circumcise, the nurse-midwife can perform the procedure in an extended 10-day visit. We wait until your baby is over eight days of age because blood clotting factors are at their peak at this time, and the baby has had time to learn to nurse and put on weight.

Our Dads stay in the room to soothe the baby while most mom’s choose to wait in the park. Upon completion, both parents stay for approximately one hour to nurse the baby as we complete observation. The use of Sweet-Ease® and a local anesthetic, Lidocaine, make this procedure easier for the baby. Some babies do not cry at all.

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Well-Woman Care

Patient education is an important component of our well-woman exams.  We offer instruction in breast self-examination and scheduling of mammograms, as indicated.  We will help you to make healthy lifestyle decisions.

Birth and Women’s Center offers sensitive, holistic women’s health care services for our mothers who deliver here.  These include:

  • Annual physical exams
  • Pap tests
  • Breast exams
  • Preconception counseling services
  • Family planning
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Birth and Women’s Center captures the loving essence of home birth. Your whole family may
be present, or you and your husband may choose to share the experience for yourselves. We honor the
emotional intimacy of birth in ways not seen in more traditional settings.

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The first day of your baby’s life will be the most important day of yours. Since 1993, more
than 3,900 families have chosen Birth and Women’s Center for safe, nurturing care. Ours was the first
Dallas birth center to be staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives.

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Your pregnancy journey should be supported with love, kindness and a sense of empowerment.
Every staff member at Birth and Women’s Center deeply understands this. You will be treated with respect
and support.The strength you receive today will guide you into motherhood.

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“This is a sacred place! I cannot imagine bringing a child into the world in any other environment; there is no other place where I’ve felt such strength in being a woman as I have here.”

“I didn’t have an expectation going into it but after it was all said and done it ABSOLUTELY exceeded anything I thought was possible. I had several people checking on me and encouraging me – the women I’ve seen throughout my visits – and found a lot of comfort in that.”

“I walked and squatted and walked and squatted through the night until our son made his appearance at 4:02am. I experienced shoulder dystocia with my 8lb 12oz bundle of joy; Cherie’s quick response and expertise allowed me to deliver him without any major intervention or emergency. It is three months later and I still call the entire experience magical!”

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Your pregnancy journey should be supported with love, kindness and a sense of empowerment. Every staff member at Birth and Women’s Center deeply understands this. We are proud to offer an entire staff of midwives, birth assistants, postpartum assistants and office management who can provide an unprecedented level of care, support and experience to our families.

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