It is all about you. At Birth Care, it’s all about you. Our team of highly educated, licensed certified nurse-midwives give you information and make recommendations, but it is you who makes choices for yourself and your baby. Try a water birth for excellent pain management without medications. Labor in your own clothes, in any position you wish. Snack in labor, or go outside for a walk. You have options here.
Why Birth Care? Birth Care Midwifery and Family Health Services is a non-profit birth and women's health care center devoted to empowering women to take charge of their health care. We attend births at our state-licensed birth center, and also have privileges at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.
We were the first birth center to open in Pennsylvania in 1978, and one of the first 10 birth centers in the United States. We are accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), We boast the lowest rate of primary cesarean section in the area.
Why a Midwife? Compared to care provided exclusively by physicians, midwife-led care is associated with lower rates of unnecessary interventions, higher chances of vaginal birth, reduced risk of preterm birth, and higher chances of a successful start to breastfeeding. Research shows that women and their families are tend to have greater satisfaction with midwifery care than they do with physician-led care. In addition to evidence-based care with improved health outcomes, midwives’ high-touch, low-tech approach is associated with lower costs for clients and insurers. Midwives take time to listen to you. Midwives believe that childbearing is normal and that you and your family should create the birth experience that will be meaningful to you.