FAQ – Inspiration Family Birth Center

How Do You Monitor the Baby and Mother in Labor?

We use a handheld Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat during labor on a regular schedule according to where you are in labor. The monitoring intervals become increasingly more often as you move through your labor.  This is called intermittent monitoring.  Research shows that listening intermittently is equally as effective as continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) in identifying problems during labor and delivery.  In fact, studies show that intermittent auscultation results in lower rates of c-sections with the same neonatal outcomes.

Mother’s are monitored regularly throughout labor. Vital Signs such as Blood Pressure, Pulse and Temperature are checked often. This monitoring is done for mother and Baby at Inspiration Family Birth Center is as unobtrusively as possible. If you are out for a walk, we simply meet you on the porch to check you and your baby. Enjoying the water birth tub? No problem! All our equipment is water resistant and we will monitor you while you relax in the warm water. No need to lie in the bed on your back just to monitor mom or baby, these can be done while you are active and mobile, or relaxing in the water birth tub.

How is Inspiration Family Birth Center Different From a Hospital?

A birth center is a place that gives you a caring, warm and homelike setting where you are supported and respected as well as safe and secure. You are in a safe place, supervised by experienced midwife who you know from yoru prenatal care.

You will have a private room for giving birth where you can make yourself comfortable, wear your own clothing,eat when you feel hungry and have a water birth.   A Birth Center welcomes your children, your parents, and friends so you can decide who will be with you or near you as you give birth.  It is a place that gives you continuing support and information on infant care, breastfeeding, parenting, and family planning after the birth. Hospitals treat pregnancy and birth as an illness.  Inspiration Family Birth Center treats you as the healthy, well individual you are. You are an active participant in your care. You can be as active and mobile as you want. At the hospital you will be required to have routine procedures, such as IV’s, continuous fetal monitoring (tethered to the the monitor). Our birth center requires no such automatic treatment. Those things are available should you medically need them, but are not required.

I already started care with an OB/Other Provider, Can I transfer to Inspiration?

Absolutely!  We would love to have you come to Inspiration Family BIrth Center.  We accept transfer of care for eligible clients.  If you have had regular prenatal care, are low risk and wish to transfer to Inspiration Family Birth Center you can. By transferring to Inspiration Family Birth you terminate care with your OB/other provider and become a patient at Inspiration.

Does the Inspiration Family Birth Center Provide Ultrasound?

Yes. We do not provide this service in house, but will give you a script for one of our preferred radiology centers.   Midwives are not anti-technology; we believe in the appropriate use of technology and informed choice/consent.  Your pregnancy and birth are yours—we are here to educate you and make it as positive an experience as possible.  Inspiration Family Birth Center requires our clients to have 1 ultrasound during the pregnancy between 20 and 24 weeks, known as an anatomy scan. This ensures your baby is low risk and the placenta is not in the way of the birth. This prevents unnecessary complications for you or your baby at the birth.  All other ultrasounds recommended would be for medical need only and discussed with you, so you can make an informed decision.

Does Inspiration Family Birth Center Provide Pain Medicine or Epidurals?

No. Our goal with Inspiration is a non medicated, natural birth with as little medical intervention as possible. We provide High Touch, Low Tech care. We support you physically and emotional to help you through your labor and birth naturally and without the need of medication or epidurals.   In our experience less than 1% of mother’s planning a natural birth at a birth center or home ask to be transferred to the hospital for pain relief. When you are able to eat, drink and move as you body tels you, there is not as much discomfort. Proper support and preparation prior to labor will also help significantly. We offer natural alternatives, such as a large jacuzzi tub that provides warm water and jets in just the right places to relax muscles and reduce pain. This can be a significant reduction in how uncomfortable you are, making your labor very manageable.

Do You Take Insurance?

Yes. We are in network with Aetna, Florida Blue, and Florida Hospital Insurance. We also Accept pregnancy Medicaid and Prestige Health Choice – Medicaid.

We do accept all other insurances and can often get our services covered at in network rates – with some prep work and pre-approval. We do this for Humana, United Health Care, Assurant and Cigna. The best way to find out if your insurance covers our services is to call our office and Speak with our office manager. She can run your eligibility and give you an exact expected cost or help you get approval through your insurance to cover our services.

Do You Offer VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) ?

Birth Center law does not allow for VBAC in a birth center facility. Currently we can only offer home birth for those that would like a VBAC.  Birth Center rules and laws are different from Home Birth laws and Rules.

If this is your first attempt at a VBAC and your previous child was born via c-section, we can not accept you into care. If you have already had a vaginal birth after your c-section, then you are eligible for our care, for home birth. There are quite a few home birth practices that are offering primary VBAC services. Please call our office for recommendations on midwives in the area providing this service.