Labor and Birth

Labor and Birth

Women are allowed to experience labor naturally. There are no mandatory positions for birth, stirrups or restraints will not be used, and procedures such as an episiotomy are not routine. Medications for pain are not available during labor because pain medication can have an unpredictable effect on your baby. We encourage other methods of pain relief which provide effective and adequate ways to manage and cope with pain, such as: massage, heating pads, warm shower or tub baths, cold applications, nourishment, varying positions, emotional support, relaxation, and breathing techniques. Relaxation and breathing strategies are taught in our “Preparation for Birth” classes.

While every effort is made to focus on the natural aspects of birth and to “de-medicalize” the process, labor and birth will be monitored. Our birth center is equipped with the proper medical equipment and supplies, which are necessary to attend a normal low risk birth. The mother’s vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respirations) will be monitored at regular intervals and internal examinations are kept to a minimum, and performed only as needed.

Minor complications during labor may be managed within the birth center. Women experiencing complications which are outside our realm of safe practice are transported to a hospital, minutes away. If a transfer is necessary, your support person may accompany you to the hospital, as well as a birth center staff member, who will go along to assure a smooth transition.