may have a baby at the birth center?
Answer: Women who are healthy without chronic health problems
who are experiencing a normal, low-risk pregnancy, and desire a more
natural experience in which they can help make decisions.
Question: Is it
safe to have a baby at a birth center?
Answer: The National Birth Center Study II "demonstrates the
safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care
as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates" ... Journal
of Midwifery & Women's Health, 2013
The C-section rate for
low-risk women giving birth in hospitals is approximately 25% versus
6% for those delivering in birthing centers in the United States.
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 2013
“Anyone who has ever
seen a midwife with a woman in labor or been delivered by a midwife
would never go back to a doctor.” - Dr. Terry L. Cole, a CA
obstetrician, Every Baby Magazine, August 2004
happens in an emergency during labor or birth?
Answer: The nurse-midwives are highly qualified to
effectively manage emergency situations associated with labor and
birth. In the event of a situation that requires transfer to a
hospital, or for those women with conditions that require a hospital
birth, our midwives have hospital privileges in Lyons, KS. They will
accompany the client to the hospital and usually be able to deliver
the baby unless a C-Section is needed. We have collaborative
arrangements with physicians in Sterling and Wichita, KS for
complications. The patient will go by private vehicle or by
ambulance to the facility appropriate for the emergency (Hutchinson,
Lyons, or Wichita).
insurance cover my birth?
Answer: BWHC accepts most major insurance companies including
Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Medicaid. We are happy to accept
self-pay clients as well.
there pain medication available?
Answer: There is pain medication available if the
client chooses that option. Our deep labor tubs are very helpful for
pain management as well as the continuous support of the
kind of equipment do you have at the birth center?
Answer: We have equipment to monitor the baby’s heartbeat
using a hand held Doppler, the routine medications used for babies,
as well as medications for emergencies such as oxygen, equipment to
resuscitate a baby and mother, intravenous fluids, and medications