Frequently Asked Questions

When you find out you are pregnant, choosing how and where you will have the baby is a very important decision. Whether you are considering a birth center, home birth, or a hospital birth, 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. Research performed over the last 35 years has overwhelmingly shown statistically that there is a lower rate of surgical intervention, fewer complications for mother and baby, and lower birth injuries and lower 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 a safe and happiest experience for mom. Mom gets to choose who are there, including the settings of quiet and peaceful environment. Birthing this way is a popular choice and has been on a rise over the past few years because of all its benefits, including safety.

Fact sheet on safety of home births and birth center births.
See the research paper on the largest official study on home births performed in the US

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 be 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. Midwifery care focuses on the promotion of health and the enablement of individual empowerment.

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

During labor, if any complications arise, we will transport the mother 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. This situation does not happen often, but your midwife is fully equipped to assess any adverse situations, and will consult the specialist/physician and transport to the hospital 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.

Is the Katy Birth Center licensed and regulated by any authority?

Katy Birth Center is licensed and regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and is under constant supervision of the TDSHS. KBC has to follow TDSHS code of Health and Safety and birthing center rules as stipulated by the state. KBC is regularly audited by the TDHSH and any out of normal situations have to be reported and evaluated by the state. If any adverse situation appears, a corrective action has to be put in place or KBC could lose its license to operate. The license has to be renewed every two years, and will only be renewed if the birth center is in good standing with TDSHS.

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.