Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 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.

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.

- Your Birth, Your Way -

  • 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.

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.

At Katy Birth Center we provide safe, individualized, comprehensive care where you and your baby receive a more personalized approach to your care during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

For clients with insurance we have a specialist that is happy to help you determine your maternity benefits, including your deductible and approximate percentages that may be covered. Insurance companies typically pay about $1500 more for using our licensed birth center than for a home birth.

However, it is difficult to give an exact cost comparison given that every insurance policy has different levels of coverage, deductibles and co-pays.
If you have no insurance, a high deductible or no out of network benefits we offer a large discount if you choose an early pay option by the 34th week of your pregnancy. You can still use your insurance and our in-house biller will be happy to assist you with the coding and billing information you will need to submit via self filing with your insurance company. But, by taking advantage of the early cash discount, the price is $5000 which is $1500 off our regular insurance price. Finally, you may not be aware that birth center fees are typically at least 70% less for a normal vaginal delivery than hospital based care. For example, typical OB physician care and hospital birth expenses generally include the following costs:

  • OB physician $6-8K
  • Hospital (Vaginal Birth $12K mom, $3-5K for newborn care, C/Section $16-20k)
  • Pathologist (for reading your labs)
  • Anesthesiologist (epidural $3K, etc.)
  • Imaging Services (ultrasounds, x-rays, etc)
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Pediatrician Care

Typically $30,000-$40,000 in total for a normal vaginal birth.

At Katy Birth Center we offer different packages to meet all needs. Generally, a home or birth center birth will run $6-7K, and a fully detailed cost estimate is available upon request. As previously stated, we offer a substantial discount of $1500 (24%) off our regular package for payment in full by 34 weeks gestation. Please review our main packages below.

  • Insurance Maternity Care Package includes:
  • Prenatal Care
  • Labor / Birth
  • Postpartum Care
  • Assistant (at delivery)
  • Initial Newborn Care
  • Newborn Exam
  • Breastfeeding counseling/assistance
  • Facility / Pool (if home) most supplies

Non-insurance Maternity Care Package (Early Payment) Includes:

  • Labor / Birth
  • Postpartum Care
  • Assistant (at delivery)
  • Initial Newborn Care
  • Newborn Exam
  • Breastfeeding counseling/assistance
  • Facility / Pool (if home) most supplies
  • Routine OB Labs

Additional services not included in the Katy Birth Center Maternity Care Packages are as follows:

  • Specialized laboratory tests
  • Imaging Studies (including ultrasounds)
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Childbirth education
  • Office Visits to address non-routine problems
  • Medical care needed and provided by a physician
  • Specialist or hospital care
  • Newborn screens, tests, and medications
  • Rhogam Shots
  • Labor & Delivery therapies or medications
  • For the insurance package Lab tests will be billed to your insurance company.
  • If you are not filing insurance or are taking advantage of the early payment discount, we will review all laboratory tests needed and charges before they are done.