When staying home isn’t an option, The Village Birth Center is a fully independent, stand-alone birth center that can be your home-away-from home. You can experience the same intimate, private setting as a homebirth. The Village Birth Center provides birthing options for low-risk women and healthy babies.
The Village Birth Center is located in Historic Hilton Village, inside a lovely 100-year-old home. Historic Hilton Village offers cobblestone sidewalks, boutique shopping, and a variety of restaurants. The Village Birth Center is also located within walking distance of a public library and a playground.
The birth center is equipped with a kitchenette so you can enjoy a light meal, or make a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. There is no limit on eating and drinking while you are in labor. There is also no limit on who can be at your birth but, if you need your tribe to stay in the waiting room, there is free WiFi & a TV with access to NetFlix, Hulu and other channels. Each birthing room has gentle lighting, a queen-sized bed, a rocking chair, a birthing ball, and a diffuser so feel free to bring your favorite essential oils. You can walk and move freely during labor and during your delivery.
A new mom should spend all of her recovery time in bed with her baby. Your first outing should be to take baby to his /her physician during the first week.
The midwife will come to you for your first postpartum visit at 24-48 hours after birth. At that appointment, the midwife will check your vital signs, your uterus, your bleeding and your breastfeeding. They will also check baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels; and ensure that there are no signs of jaundice or problems, and that baby is transitioning smoothly to life.
You will return to The Birth Center at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, and 6-8 weeks for continued postpartum care.
Mommas are usually discharged 4 to 6 hours after the birth; when the midwife feels that mom and baby are stable and ready to make the drive.
We practice delayed cord clamping and, after the birth, all assessments are done at the bedside.
Sometimes a mom needs to go to hospital. If that needs to happen, rest assured that there is a plan for that. In the event that a trip to hospital is necessary, the midwife will remain with you until care is transferred and a plan is in place.
The midwives at The Village Birth Center are trained in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and CPR. They practice emergency drills throughout the year which gives them an opportunity to improve how they respond to emergencies if they occur. They are trained to recognize when there is a problem that needs to be addressed.