FREESTANDING WATERBIRTH CENTERS
Freestanding birth centers are independent home-like facilities which provide an intimate environment for family-centered childbirth. Many birth centers are offering the water birth option. Birth Centers are not any safer than homebirth, however some people who are not comfortable giving birth in their own home or in a hospital find that a birth center is the best option. Affiliated with a hospital in case of an emergency transport is required , birth centers encourage the presence of the woman’s support network: family, friends, siblings, etc., for a family-centered experience. Care is given by Certified Nurse Midwives, Licensed Midwives and/or Physicians, many times in collaboration. Outcomes of birth centers are excellent with lower rates of cesarean, augmentation of labor, and complications for mothers and infants. Research suggests that waterbirth can reduce the risk of serious tears, need for pain medications, amount of maternal blood loss, and risk of infant complications immediately after birth and is not associated with any increased risk for mothers and babies. (Midwives Information and Resource Service, “The Use of Water in Childbirth”, MIDIRIS, 2007, as quoted in The ICEA Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2011). Most birth centers will take PPO insurance. Unfortunately, at this time, there aren’t any birth centers in Southern California which take Medi-Cal. If you have Medi-Cal and prefer a midwife assisted birth, we suggest you choose a hospital which employs Nurse-Midwives. See Our Hospital Nurse-Midwives page. Birth Centers may be accredited through The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) Accreditation is the mark of quality and excellence and is based on the standards of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC).
Lorri Walker, RNC, NP, CNM
South Coast Midwifery and Women’s Health Care
4650 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
South Coast Midwifery & Women’s Health Care (SCM) is Orange County’s premier birth center. They are proud to be the very first and longest standing nationally accredited Birth Center in the area. When accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), the childbearing family can be confident that the center has demonstrated adherence to standards of quality above that of basic licensure and that the center’s care is consistent with the philosophy of the American Association of Birth Centers. Accreditation is seen as a symbol of excellence by many. SCM have been servicing Orange and surrounding counties for over 16 years. Lorri Walker, the founder and director, is one of Southern California best known midwives. Lorri has created a warm, nurturing place for women and their families to come for personalized health care, support, empowerment, and social interaction with people of like mind. Birthing options include home, birth center and water birth. We accept most insurances, as well as offer a wide variety of payment plans and discount options. Call today for your complimentary consultation! South Coast Midwifery is also home to South Coast Milk Bank, Orange County’s first mother’s milk bank. Donations will be made available to acutely premature newborns in need of healthy human breast milk. Call 949.231.9813 or visit www.southcoastmilkbank.com today for more information on how you can help by becoming a donor.
Joyce Moxley Thomas, LM, CPM, MHA
Certified Professional Midwife
Masters in Health Administration
Certified Perinatal Massage Therapist
AquaNatal Birth Center and Amazing Babies Midwifery Services
Grandview Medical Plaza
13768 Roswell Avenue, Suite 209
Chino, CA 91710
Web: www.AquaNatalBirthCenter.com and www.amazing-babies.com
The AquaNatal Birth Center offers several birthing options including birth center, waterbirth and homebirth. Joyce and her daughter Lyn, a student midwife, have created a birth environment for personalized health care, support, and empowerment. You will meet women and men who think the same way you do: that birth is normal; and should be quiet, warm, loving, unobserved – and not interfered with! Insurance accepted. Focusing on holistic care for all women and their newly born children, Joyce’s areas of expertise include nutrition and herbology. Joyce is also a Certified Perinatal Massage Therapist and provides birth control also. Fees include 6-week childbirth education program and prenatal/postpartum massage. Joyce is licensed by the State of California Medical Board and is a Certified Professional Midwife, certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Joyce earned her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of LaVerne.
Free class offered monthly: “Wondering about Waterbirth?” Call for reservations and tour of the birth center and a waterbirth film screening.
Serving Southern California
Simona Istrate, CNM, RNFA, BSN
We provide: Home & Water Birth • Birth Center Birth • VBAC
Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is Southern California’s most sought Birth Center. We are the only ACCREDITED Birth Center in Los Angeles County by Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). Accreditation is the Mark of Quality and Excellence and is based on the standards of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is able to provide prenatal care and well women’s exams as well as serve as a safe and home-like environment for natural child birth. Our Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is most experienced in Southern California and has a perfect record of many thousands of natural births. She is able to participate in your birth experience in our free-standing birth center, your home, or the hospital. Our center is the only free-standing birth center in Southern California with a CNM who can manage your care at the hospital in the unlikely event of transfer. Our CNM also has Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certification that enables her to assist in your care in the unexpected event of a c-section. This center is committed to achieve woman’s best birth experience in a family-centered atmosphere and is dedicated to empowering women and accommodating your cultural, religious, or personal requests within the circle of safety. Here at Natural Birth Center & Women’s Wellness every act is designed to allow birth to occur as intended; naturally and joyously.
”Every birth tells a unique story…what will yours be?”
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