Midwifery Birth Center and Women’s Health Care
Birth Care & Family Health Services • 1138 Georgetown Road • P.O. Box 152 Bart, Pa. 17503 • Phone: 717.786.4010 • Fax: 717.786.5507 • E-mail: info@birthcaremidwives.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Website Design © Bonnie U. Gruenberg   •   www.BonnieGruenberg.com
Birth Care   & Family Health Services

Maternity services

Birth Care Midwifery and Family Health Services

Every woman deserves choices in her prenatal care.  Your choice of obstetrical provider and place of birth will profoundly affect your options for labor and birth as well as your chances for having an episiotomy, a cesarean section or an epidural. As you explore your options, consider how caregivers might meet your needs during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. Birth in a free-standing birth center or at home is a safe option for women without health or pregnancy complications. Birth Care gives you a choice. Our midwives have privileges at Wellspan-Ephrata Community Hospital.  This allows you to maintain care with your midwife should you transfer to the hospital during labor. We are not currently accepting patients planning hospital births other than primary VBACs. At Birth Care, we individualize your care and consider your personal preferences and values. We take time to learn who you are and what you would like for yourself and your baby. We involve you in decision making. We care for you throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, care for your baby though the first month of life, and manage routine gynecological care , minor problems, and family planning throughout your life-span. Care by Highly Trained Professionals Birth Care Midwives are highly educated professionals with Masters degrees in nursing, and can prescribe and administer medications. Many of are also nurse practitioners or have degrees in other fields. Our clients have access to all routine screening and diagnostic tests that are considered standard for maternity patients in the United States, including genetic screening, laboratory testing as well as on-site ultrasounds through Baltimore Ultrasound. We are licensed as midwives and nurses in the state of Pennsylvania and have prescriptive authority. Birth Care was founded in 1978 by Rita Rhoads, CNM, CRNP, and as a practice we have vast experience in and out of the hospital. Free-Standing Birth Center The free-standing birth center at 1138 Georgetown Road has three large home-like birthing rooms, each with a Jacuzzi tub which can be used to ease discomfort in labor or for water births. Clients have the use of two family areas and a kitchen. Women are encouraged to move freely around the facility or take a walk outside while laboring, and to bring food to eat during and after labor. Each birth is attended by one Certified Nurse- Midwife and one nurse who is certified in neonatal resuscitation and knowledgeable in the use of medications and emergency equipment. Many insurance policies will cover accredited birth centers. Find out about the safety of birth centers http://www.birthcenters.org/?page=NBCSII Home Birth If you're a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy who lives within our home birth area, home delivery may be an option for you. The midwife and nurse carry emergency medications and equipment, including oxygen and resuscitation tools.  Newborns born at home to healthy mothers into the hands of skilled midwives have similar rates of illness and death to babies born in the hospital.  Most insurance policies will not cover home birth. Check with us to find out if you live in our home birth area. Read about the safety of home birth:  http://mana.org/blog/home-birth-safety-outcomes Hydrotherapy  and Water Birth Relaxing in a warm tub of water is one of the most effective ways to manage the discomforts of labor. Sinking into a deep tub enhances relaxation, and helps you to get out of your own way so your body can do the work of labor more effectively. The tubs at the birth center have jets, and are deep enough to allow you to  change positions as you feel the need. Many women deliver in the water, and bond with the baby skin to skin in the tub immediately after birth. Babies born in the water are usually very calm and alert. Read the ACNM position statement about water birth. Hospital Birth While many people envision a hospital environment as clinical and unsympathetic, many hospitals offer comfortable environments, family-centered care, nurturing staff, and are open to a variety of birth experiences. If you transfer to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital for complications in labor, your Birth Care midwife can attend you as you labor, deliver, and recover in a large, comfortable private room.  We have an excellent relationship with a talented team of back up obstetricians for back up and collaboration. Women who birth in the hospital have the option of epidural anesthesia for pain management, and are close to the operating room and a level 3 NICU in case of complications. Many healthy women and babies can opt for early discharge.  If an emergency develops while you are in labor, you will be transferred by ambulance to the closest hospital, and will be attended by the on-call staff at that facility. After the Baby Arrives If you deliver at the birth center, plan to leave for home about 4 hours after delivery. If you birth at home, our staff will probably remain with  you for 2 hours after delivery. If you live close enough for a home visit, one of our nurses will visit two days after you deliver to make sure you and the baby are well and to perform the Newborn Screening test and congenital heart disease testing. (If you live out of the area you must come to the birth center.) At two weeks postpartum, the midwife will examine you and your baby in the office - we can provide care for your baby for the first 4 weeks of life. At  6 weeks postpartum, you will come to the office for your postpartum exam. For more information about choosing your place of birth, visit ChildbirthConnection.com

Maternity

services

Birth Care Midwifery and

Family Health Services

Every woman deserves choices in her prenatal care.  Your choice of obstetrical provider and place of birth will profoundly affect your options for labor and birth as well as your chances for having an episiotomy, a cesarean section or an epidural. As you explore your options, consider how caregivers might meet your needs during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. Birth in a free-standing birth center or at home is a safe option for women without health or pregnancy complications. Birth Care gives you a choice. Our midwives have privileges at Wellspan-Ephrata Community Hospital.  This allows you to maintain care with your midwife should you transfer to the hospital during labor. We are not currently accepting patients planning hospital births other than primary VBACs. At Birth Care, we individualize your care and consider your personal preferences and values. We take time to learn who you are and what you would like for yourself and your baby. We involve you in decision making. We care for you throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, care for your baby though the first month of life, and manage routine gynecological care , minor problems, and family planning throughout your life-span. Care by Highly Trained Professionals Birth Care Midwives are highly educated professionals with Masters degrees in nursing, and can prescribe and administer medications. Many of are also nurse practitioners or have degrees in other fields. Our clients have access to all routine screening and diagnostic tests that are considered standard for maternity patients in the United States, including genetic screening, laboratory testing as well as on-site ultrasounds through Baltimore Ultrasound. We are licensed as midwives and nurses in the state of Pennsylvania and have prescriptive authority. Birth Care was founded in 1978 by Rita Rhoads, CNM, CRNP, and as a practice we have vast experience in and out of the hospital. Free-Standing Birth Center The free-standing birth center at 1138 Georgetown Road has three large home-like birthing rooms, each with a Jacuzzi tub which can be used to ease discomfort in labor or for water births. Clients have the use of two family areas and a kitchen. Women are encouraged to move freely around the facility or take a walk outside while laboring, and to bring food to eat during and after labor. Each birth is attended by one Certified Nurse-Midwife and one nurse who is certified in neonatal resuscitation and knowledgeable in the use of medications and emergency equipment. Many insurance policies will cover accredited birth centers. Find out about the safety of birth centers http://www.birthcenters.org/?page=NBCSII Home Birth If you're a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy who lives within our home birth area, home delivery may be an option for you. The midwife and nurse carry emergency medications and equipment, including oxygen and resuscitation tools.  Newborns born at home to healthy mothers into the hands of skilled midwives have similar rates of illness and death to babies born in the hospital.  Most insurance policies will not cover home birth. Check with us to find out if you live in our home birth area. Read about the safety of home birth:  http://mana.org/blog/home-birth-safety-outcomes Hydrotherapy  and Water Birth Relaxing in a warm tub of water is one of the most effective ways to manage the discomforts of labor. Sinking into a deep tub enhances relaxation, and helps you to get out of your own way so your body can do the work of labor more effectively. The tubs at the birth center have jets, and are deep enough to allow you to  change positions as you feel the need. Many women deliver in the water, and bond with the baby skin to skin in the tub immediately after birth. Babies born in the water are usually very calm and alert. Read the ACNM position statement about water birth. Hospital Birth While many people envision a hospital environment as clinical and unsympathetic, many hospitals offer comfortable environments, family-centered care, nurturing staff, and are open to a variety of birth experiences. If you transfer to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital for complications in labor, your Birth Care midwife can attend you as you labor, deliver, and recover in a large, comfortable private room.  We have an excellent relationship with a talented team of back up obstetricians for back up and collaboration. Women who birth in the hospital have the option of epidural anesthesia for pain management, and are close to the operating room and a level 3 NICU in case of complications. Many healthy women and babies can opt for early discharge.  If an emergency develops while you are in labor, you will be transferred by ambulance to the closest hospital, and will be attended by the on-call staff at that facility. After the Baby Arrives If you deliver at the birth center, plan to leave for home about 4 hours after delivery. If you birth at home, our staff will probably remain with  you for 2 hours after delivery. If you live close enough for a home visit, one of our nurses will visit two days after you deliver to make sure you and the baby are well and to perform the Newborn Screening test and congenital heart disease testing. (If you live out of the area you must come to the birth center.) At two weeks postpartum, the midwife will examine you and your baby in the office - we can provide care for your baby for the first 4 weeks of life. At  6 weeks postpartum, you will come to the office for your postpartum exam. For more information about choosing your place of birth, visit ChildbirthConnection.com
Midwifery Birth Center and Women’s Health Care
Birth Care and Family Health Services 1138 Georgetown Road P.O. Box 152 Bart, Pa. 17503  Phone: 717.786.4010 • Fax: 717.786.5507  E-mail: info@birthcaremidwives.com Website Design © Bonnie U. Gruenberg      www.BonnieGruenberg.com
Birth Care   & Family Health Services