When you find out your are pregnant, choosing how and where you will have the baby is an important decision. If you are considering Houston doula services, 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.

Is a birth center birth or a home birth safe?

This is probably the most common question asked when someone is considered a birth center or home birth. This kind of birth has been studied for over 35 years and has statistically resulted in lower rates of surgical intervention, fewer complications for mother and baby and lower birth injuries and death rates.

When you choose a birth center or home birth you are choosing to have a woman-centered birth experience. This means that the mother and father work together to create to perfect experience for mom. Mom gets to choose who is there, what the environment is like and even what to eat. Birthing this way has been on a rise over the past few years because of all its benefits, including safety.

Do I still need to see an OB when I use a midwife at Katy Birth Center?

You do not need to see an OB while you are pregnant and seeing one of the midwives from the Katy Birth Center. However, there may  situations where your midwife recommends a visit to the obstetrician. Midwifery is a collaborative practice that involves: midwives, nurses, obstetricians, pediatricians, and other specialists as needed.

Midwifery is different from obstetrics. Midwifery care is provided by  professionally trained midwives or doctors who practice a wellness and holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and women’s health care. Midwifery care focuses on the promotion of health and the development of individual responsibility.

What happens if there is an emergency when I am in labor?

During labor, if any complications arise, we will transport the momma to the nearest hospital. Prior to arrival the midwife will speak to the hospital staff about what is happening and will stay with you until your baby is delivered. It is doesn’t happen often, but your midwife will be fully prepared and know the perfect time to transport if the need arises.

What are the Benefits of Birth Center/Homebirths?

  • Familiar surroundings help the mother feel comfortable and safe during labor and birth, minimizing stress and fear.
  • The mother determines the birth atmosphere.
  • You don’t have to deliver in a bed
  • No belts or monitors
  • You can choose to be in the water
  • You can choose any position or location for delivery
  • Birth attendants are considered invited guests.
  • No encounters with strangers or unfamiliar places.
  • Less chance of illness due to exposure to hospital-borne infection.
  • No awkward moves from room to room.
  • Few or no routine interventions.
  • No separations from the people and setting that empowers her.
  • No arbitrary separations of mother and baby.

How much does it cost to use Katy Birth Center (KBC)?

Using KBC is considerably less expensive then delivering in the hospital because you do not have to pay for the cost of the hospital.The fee for midwifery service with Katy Birth Center includes all prenatal care including blood tests and lab fees, labor and delivery, a 24 hour postpartum check, a one-week check up postpartum check and an 8 week check up.

For more information about fees, please contact Katy Birth Center online, or by calling 832-437-5876.