Our Philosophy of Care Our fundamental philosophy is that pregnancy and birth is a normal, healthy event in the life of a family. It is an opportunity for personal growth and the strengthening of relationships. It is a unique process that belongs to the pregnant woman and her family. Midwifery care is a partnership between a woman and her midwife. We strive to provide excellent care, education, and sensitivity for her concerns. Each woman has responsibility for her health choices and we encourage communication and participation in the decision-making process. Midwifery is Unique Prenatal care is of the utmost importance in midwifery care. Prenatal Appointments 1 Hour Visits with little or no wait time 1st Appointment thru 28 Weeks is Once a Month From 28 Weeks-36 Weeks is Every 2 Weeks After 36 Weeks is Every Week 36-37 Weeks- Birth Planning Meeting to discuss your birth choices Education Opportunities to share on an emotional and spiritual level Emphasis on Natural Birthing Strategies Encouragement of Optimal Fetal Positioning Discussion of natural remedies for common discomforts of pregnancy Healthy Lifestyle Our first line of keeping moms healthy is use of high quality vitamins and minerals, herbs, essential oils, chiropractic and other alternative choices Nutrition/Diet Choices Encouragement for Healthy Lifestyle Our Model of Care Includes Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well- being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support Minimizing technological interventions Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention The application of this woman-centered model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean...Read More
Prenatal care is an important part of any birth. We provide care for low risk clients. The first visit includes a complete physical assessment, medical history including a detailed previous birth history, nutritional counseling and the drawing of blood for labs. Subsequent visits occur at monthly intervals until 28 weeks, then bi-monthly until 36 weeks. Weekly prenatal visits the last few weeks ensure close contact leading up to delivery. The initial visit usually will last at least an hour and a half, subsequent visits are one hour. The visits after 36 weeks are usually 30 minutes. Any concerns, whether they be physical, emotional or psychological may be addressed and discussed, in addition to the routine prenatal assessments and concerns, including: Fetal Heart Tones Position of Fetus Emotional Status Weight Pulse Edema Blood Pressure Fundal Height Urine Dip Nutrition Movement of the Fetus Discomforts/Remedies [Show...Read More
Pregnancy is a normal but amazing event in your family. Your baby was created by and is a gift from God. It is our role to appreciate this amazing event and expect a normal birth. We monitor for any variations of normal or abnormal findings. We are teachers who explain healthy life habits and the process of birth. We are your friends and supporters as you labor and give birth. We will provide labor support or be a quiet presence giving watchful attention to you and your baby. We allow the birth to proceed naturally, seeking to intervene only when we see a departure from the normal. It is our responsibility to be well prepared through studies of pregnancy and birth literature and keep our skills sharp. We strive to stay up to date on the latest news, but balance this information with the heart of midwifery. Our goal is to provide the best care for you and your baby. We do not provide care in high-risk situations, but maintain basic knowledge and skills for whenever special circumstances occur. If more skill is required, we transfer care, but will offer support and comfort measures as you desire. Once your baby has arrived, we encourage breastfeeding as the God-given way to encourage placental delivery and ensure your health and that of your baby. We also believe this promotes bonding within your family. We give God the glory as the Creator of this new life and give thanks to the Great Physician who opens the womb for birth. Childbirth Education is an important part of any pregnancy. While we spend time with you at each prenatal visit educating you about...Read More
Few Interventions – When your body is working well, it does not need any help! Interventions such as IV’s, constant fetal monitoring, being attached to a blood pressure cuff, not being able to move around can slow your labor. More choices are offered – You don’t have to ask permission to eat, drink or go to the bathroom. There are no machines to unhook or move around. Pain can be lessened – When a woman feels safe and secure, her body works more efficiently. Endorphins (the body’s own “morphine-like” substance) , flows readily, helping the mother to relax, decreasing the overall pain and time she is in labor. Family can be as involved as you’d like – They can be present throughout labor and birth or just close by. They can cut the cord or actually catch the baby (with a little coaching) Many siblings “help” with the newborn exam and dressing the baby for the first time. Satisfaction is higher – Over 99% of women who have had a home birth or birth center birth will choose to do one or the other with the next pregnancy. Less risk of a c-section – Nationally, the c-section rate is over 32%. Birth center and home birth c-section rates are less than 10%. Less risk of tearing – We assist you in gently controlled pushing thereby reducing the risk of tearing or needing to be cut. Continuity of Care – We will be with you throughout the entire process. No shift changes! Please don’t get the idea that we are anti-hospital, because that could not be any further from the truth. If you have a complicated pregnancy, you don’t tolerate labor well, your baby doesn’t tolerate labor well,...Read More
With Katy Birth Center, care does not stop at delivery. We offer postpartum care for both the mom and the baby. We provide a Postpartum home visit at 36-48 hrs. At this visit we will do the first newborn screen, weigh the baby, asses both mother and baby’s vitals and assist with any breast feeding...Read More
At Katy Birth Center we have made an effort to create a home-like environment that makes moms and dads feel comfortable and confident about their birth experience. We work with each one of our clients to create the experience they are hoping for.
When you find out your are pregnant, choosing how and where you will have the baby is an important decision. If you are considering a birth center or home birth for the first time, take some time to read some of the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answers to the questions you have, please give us a call. We would love to talk to you more about your upcoming birth.