Frequently Asked Questions for a Birth Center

Asking lots of questions about where you are giving birth and the type of care you will receive is always good. It can clear your mind and put you at ease regarding any confusion. After all, giving birth will be one of the biggest moments in your life, so it’s best to know as much as possible. 

Here are some of the most common questions and answers for soon-to-be moms!

Q: Do I qualify for care?

To answer that question with surety, we will have to do a full history and risk assessment for you. You’ll have to answer questions about your health, any underlying health conditions, and how well managed they are currently. If you’re healthy and don’t have any risk factors that would raise alarms for us, we’ll be happy to cater to you. 

To learn more about what we do to ensure you are a good candidate for our birth center, check out this video!

However, there are some factors that might unqualify you for birth center care such as: chronic heart disease, chronic hypertension, severe kidney disorder, complicated pregnancy requiring constant monitoring, giving birth to twins or more. For more specific questions regarding your situation, give us a call at 941-366-BABY (2229) and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Q: What happens if I need to be transferred to a hospital?

Our trained midwives and nurses will rush to your needs in case there are any unforeseen complications. If we feel like a situation is beyond our scope, we’ll immediately transfer you to our friends at our excellent community hospital Sarasota Memorial.

Even after you’re discharged from the hospital, we will continue to provide postpartum care for you. 

Q: What if the Umbilical Cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck?

The pregnant belly is similar to a water-filled sac that allows for your baby to move around. During this process, the baby can sometimes end up with the cord wrapped around their neck. In up to 30% of cases, the cord can be wrapped around the baby’s neck, but it isn’t always an alarming situation as long as the baby is breathing normally and is overall healthy. 

Our midwives and nurses are trained to foresee these complications and arrange for an appropriate transfer if needed. 

Q: Can you spoil a baby?

Midwifery is all about humanizing the experience of pregnancy and paying close attention to the physical as well as the emotional needs of a mother and her soon-to-be-born child. 

Even when you’re pregnant, your baby is influenced by the environment surrounding you. It can sense the stressors and the good energy around you. Hence, during this time and the baby’s early days, the care provided is an important determinant of how the baby will behave when they grow up. 

This is why we don’t believe in the notion of spoiling the baby because being loved and nurtured supports them in growing up as healthy, functioning individuals. 

Q: What should I bring with me?

It mostly depends on you and what things you need to make your stay with us more comfortable. The only essential you need is a baby car seat, without which you can’t safely tuck in the baby in your car when leaving the birth center. 

Other than that, we recommend bringing a change of clothes, healthy snacks, and probably a phone charger so you can get those special photos. The rest is all up to you! 


For specific questions about what necessities we do or do not provide, feel free to send us a message!