At Empowered Pregnancy we work with families to maximize their preconception health and to determine the most appropriate prenatal course for each individual family. We also host support groups with other expecting mothers, and their families, along with providing educational classes and skills taught by Certified Nurse-Midwives all to promote safe physiological labor and birth.
Labor and Delivery
Research has shown that only 4 to 6% of normal healthy women, with an uncomplicated pregnancy, will have a c/section if she delivers outside of a hospital. This research also shows that these women and babies will have the same, if not better, outcomes as do mother and babies delivering in a hospital with a 34% c/section rate. Empowered Pregnancy Birth Center was developed to help reduce a woman’s chance of having a c/section while offering her a safe and comfortable space for labor and birth. Delivering at Empowered Pregnancy will also reduce the use of pain medication, decrease the risk of lacerations and episiotomies, increase bonding and breastfeeding success and decrease the risk of maternal infection and postpartum hemorrhage- the leading risk of maternal death. At Empowered Pregnancy safety is of the highest priority. Our experienced Certified Nurse-Midwives are trained in differentiating the normal from the abnormal, early on in the process, when there is time to make appropriate changes to the birth plan. If a situation would arise when it is no longer safe for the mother or baby to stay in the birth center, a smooth transition would be made to the closest local hospital suitable to care for the medical needs of our clients.
Newborn care for the first 28 days of life: Families can opt to have their care of their healthy infant done by their delivering midwife. The midwife will provide growth and developmental assessments, newborn screenings along with family support. Gentle circumcision is available, on site, between 24 hours and 7 days for those families that choose this procedure.
Postpartum care and support: We offer both in home or in clinic assessment for both mother and infant between 24 and 48 hours. For those parents desiring circumcision for their son this appointment must take place in our clinic. We also assess both mother and baby in our clinic at 2, 4, and 6 weeks. During these assessments we will be monitoring: breastfeeding, bonding, family adaptation, and postpartum depression along with other concerns that a new mother may have.