Midwifery Prenatal Care
- Prenatal visits with our midwives and interns that are tailored to your needs
- Ultrasound with a radiology report
- All routine prenatal lab work
- NIPT testing available
- Collaboration/Consultation with an MFM, chiropractor, pelvic floor specialist, or massage therapist as needed
It is our goal at BioBirth to provide thorough midwifery care with informed consent and decision making. This means we work with you as a team to create a plan for each individual that best fits their unique health needs. No two pregnancies or births will be exactly the same and because of that, the explanation of services is generalized for information purposes and does not fully reflect the flexibility and individualization we provide during the course of care.
Your first visit with us will be in one of our prenatal exam rooms.Together we will review your health history together and your first exam and order your initial labwork and ultrasound. If you are transferring into our care from another provider, we will want to also review those records. At the end of each visit we will schedule your next visit. Our typical prenatal schedule is every four weeks for the first 28 weeks, then every two weeks until your last month of pregnancy when we will see you every week until you go into labor.
Labor and Birth at the Birth Center
- Birth suite with your private restroom and largebuilt-in birth tub
- Midwife and trained midwifery interns in attendance at birth
- Hydrotherapy, water birth, and other comfort measures
- Birth supplies will be provided
- Family waiting/restarea and children’s play area separate from the prenatal side
- Initial postpartum exams
Once you are admitted in labor you will be welcomed into your private birth suite to get comfortable as you await your baby’s arrival.You will have our midwives and interns supporting you and keeping an eye on vital signs for you and your baby. You will have the option of using your private walk-in shower or relax into your private in-room birthing tub. You can walk around the center or get a breath of fresh air out back in one of the two gazebos surrounded by a privacy fence.You will have the option of laboring and birthing in any position you choose. Your baby will remain with you as the newborn exam is completed right in the same room.
Before discharge, you and your baby will be thoroughly examined to make sure you are off to a good start.
A transition into motherhood aka the 4th trimester
- First postpartum visit at 24-48 hours after birth
- Follow-up postpartum visits at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks
- Pap smear, if desired at 6 weeks visit
- Lactation support for the first year
After you have been discharged from BioBirth Birth Center, you will continue to see your midwife for postpartum care for the first six weeks after the birth. The first postpartum visit will take place pretty shortly after the birth, usually between 24-48 hours after birth. We time this visit so that we can complete all the newborn screenings: Newborn Metabolic Screenand Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening. During this visit we will see how your first night with baby went, assess breastfeeding, postpartum bleeding, take vitals, and answer any questions you may have. We will then continue to schedule visits to provide care for the first six weeks following the birth.
If problems or concerns arise between scheduled visits, we make it easy to schedule more check-ins by phone, virtually, or in-office. We have equipment available if you should need to check out blood pressure cuffs or newborn scales for home monitoring.
- Immediate assessment and care at birth
- Optional Newborn medications (Vitamin K and Erythromycin eye ointment)
- Newborn labs (if indicated)
- Newborn metabolic screening
- Critical Congenital heart Defect Screening (CCHD)
- Birth Certificate filing and Social Security Registration
Your newborn gets care in first few hours of life from a midwife. This care includes a full newborn exam and availability of antibiotic eye ointment and Vitamin K, unless declined. Your newborn will be carefully assessed during your entire stay at the birth center. When appropriate, you and your baby will be discharged to home with a plan in place for our next visit together. Prior to discharge, we will have you provide us with the information needed so that we can file for the birth certificate and social security number for your new family member.
We offer the Texas Department of Health Newborn Metabolic Screening and screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease through pulse oximetry readings at the first follow-up visit around 24-48 hours after birth. If there is a need, we have newborn scales available to check out for the first 6 weeks so that families may continue to track newborn weight gain as you get breastfeeding off to a good start.
We also recommend that families schedule a newborn visit with their pediatrician, D.O. or family practice provider in the first week or two of life to establish care. However, we will continue to follow the baby for the first six weeks of life as well.