Having given birth three times in what I would imagine is a pretty standard traditional setting - sterile hospital room, doctor on call, bright lights and beeping machines - I was a little hazy on the “birthing center” concept. So when I went to Baby+Company - Charlotte’s first non-hospital birth center - it was with a somewhat skeptical mind.
When I left Baby+Company, however, I was a convert. In a field where choices have been very limited, this birthing center is an amazing alternative to the traditional hospital setting. If you’re expecting your first, second or even your 5th child you really should consider checking out Baby+Company and here’s why:
1 - Top-notch care
The birthing center is staffed by 6 certified nurse midwives and is overseen by Medical Director and Charlotte native Dr. Christopher Morris of Providence OB-GYN. Designed to meld the tradition of midwifery with the very latest resources and data, Baby+Company takes both a conservative and alternative approach to birth.
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2 - Cozy, intimate setting
The three birthing suites will make your last vacation hotel room pale in comparison. Beautifully appointed with subtle home-like decor, each room offers a deep soaking tub, large step-in shower and a huge space for family and friends to join you. Unlike a traditional hospital setting, you can wear what you want, move as you please, and even eat what you want during the entire experience.
3 - Safety-driven
While Baby+Company is an amazing place to give birth, they recognize that a birthing center option is not for everyone. Prior to accepting patients they screen for low-risk pregnancies and because of their collaboration with Novant Health, are able to transfer any patient with complications immediately to Presbyterian Hospital.
4 - Cost/Insurance
Giving birth in the Baby+Company setting costs about half as much as a stay in the hospital, and is considered in-network with most major insurance carriers. A mom-to-be using a self-pay option for prenatal care, labor and delivery, post-birth care and support will pay just under $5000.
5 - Womb-to-Tomb care
You don’t have to be an expectant mother to be a patient at Baby+Company. In addition to labor and delivery, the birthing center also offers prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care, as well as annual exams, pre-conception planning, fertility counseling and birth control.
6 - Customized, drug-free birth planning
Whether you’re a first time, naturally-minded mom or a repeat mother looking for a different birthing experience, the staff at Baby+Company help moms-to-be create a plan for birth and pain management to fit her specific needs.
Without the confinement of an IV or a hospital bed, Baby+Company offers pain relief through a variety of methods, including:
Soaking tubs & showers that can be used for hydrotherapy
Pressure point therapy
7 - Human Connections
Human connections are an important part of the Baby+Company philosophy. They offer intimate relationship-based care not just during labor and delivery, but throughout the entire prenatal and postpartum experience by offering group visits with other expecting families, new moms groups, lunch & learn classes on a variety of topics, and other events where parents can connect with the staff and one another.
After giving birth, mom and baby are typically back home within 4-12 hours, then receive follow-up care via a HIPPA protected Face Time call 24-hours after birth, and a home visit with a midwife 48-hours after delivery.
8 - Education
Education classes (childbirth education, newborn care, and breastfeeding) are included in the cost to give birth at the center, but are also available to families in the community.
Expectant mothers will find appointments are longer than average OB appointments because there is one-on-one time focused on learning with a midwife and actively planning for the birth.
To learn more about Baby & Co or to schedule a tour to see for yourself, visit http://www.babyandcompany.com/charlotte/ or call (704) 769-1806.