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At the SCV Birth Center, we know that finding evidence-based information and resources concerning out-of-hospital childbirth can be difficult. Below you’ll find links and resources identified by our licensed midwives to help you make the informed decisions that are best for you and your family as well as our credentials.
If you have any questions on any of this information or are looking for something that you don’t see here, please contact us!
Highest Level of Acumen
Midwives are experts in normal childbirth. Midwives are licensed health care providers. Midwives perform clinical or medical tasks such as monitoring the baby’s heart rate, doing vaginal examinations, or assessing the mother’s vital signs.
Our Team’s Credentials
We are proud of the credentials held by our outstanding team.
Please feel free to ask us more about our experience, credentials, and how having your baby in a birth center is one of the best options for low-risk pregnancy.
We’re here to answer your questions on birth!
- Each midwife is licensed by the California Medical Board
- Certified through the National Association of Registered Midwives
- Over 5,000 hours experience as a professional lactation consultant
Our midwives are nationally accredited, a nationwide marker of excellence among free-standing birth centers.
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What is midwifery?
- Midwives provide care for women and childbearing families with respect for cultural diversity while also working to eliminate harmful practices within those same cultures.
- Midwives encourage realistic expectations of childbirth by women within their own society, with the minimum expectation that no women should be harmed by conception or childbearing.
- Midwives use their professional knowledge through training and professional credentials to ensure safe birthing practices in all environments and cultures.
- Midwives respond to the psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women seeking health care, whatever their circumstances.
- Midwives act as effective role models in health promotion for women throughout their life cycle, families, and other health professionals.
Midwives actively seek personal, intellectual, and professional growth throughout their midwifery career, integrating this growth into practice.
What’s the difference between a midwife and a doula?
- Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement, and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
- Midwives are trained health care professionals who provide maternity and gynecological care. All of our midwives are licensed by the medical board and are responsible for mom and baby’s health and safety, just as a doctor is.
Why should I hire a midwife?
When working with a trained midwife, a woman can eat and drink and move around freely. She will have continuity of care throughout her pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum experience. She is more likely to be treated and her progress evaluated as an individual, rather than being sacrificed to protocols or statistical averages.
She is much less likely to need pain medications, and the risk of cesarean section is greatly reduced. She will not be subjected to routine procedures such as continuous electronic monitoring or routine use of IV fluids, and she’ll see a decrease in postpartum depression.
What is a midwife?
She is much less likely to need pain management medication, and the risk of cesarean section is greatly reduced. She will not be subjected to routine procedures, and she is less likely to experience complications or require interventions.
Are there health requirements to be a SCV Birth Center candidate?
Each of our clients is evaluated to ensure that out-of-hospital birth is the best choice for them.
Contact us to discuss your specific circumstances or to set up a free consultation with our midwives.
Can I have a baby with the SCV Birth Center if I’ve had a previous C-section?
If you’ve had multiple c-sections, we refer you to an appropriate care provider.
We are committed to supporting women in finding the best care for their individual needs.
What happens if I need to go to the hospital?
Our midwives carry emergency medications and equipment and are trained and certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Obstetrics (ALSO), and Advanced Fetal Monitoring.
Despite our best efforts, complications do arise. An individualized transfer-of-care plan is established during your prenatal care.
This plan designates a specific collaborating physician and hospital that will warmly accept you if a means of transport to a hospital is necessary.
Although at that point, our midwives are no longer the primary care provider, we will remain with you and function as in-hospital labor support.
Most transports are not “911” emergencies, so we put the mother in the car and drive to the hospital that we have previously designated.
Do you monitor the baby during labor?
Hospitals use continuous fetal monitoring. The evidence against continuous electronic fetal monitoring is so clear that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation saying that continuous electronic fetal monitoring should NOT be used in low-risk women. Even ACOG has endorsed intermittent auscultation as an “appropriate and safe alternative” to electronic fetal monitoring.
Who is in attendance at my birth?
Each is trained in Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support and Obstetrics (ALSO), and Advanced Fetal Monitoring.
All of our midwives have extensive experience in home births and waterbirths.
Can my older child(ren) be present at the birth?
What’s the difference between a doula and a midwife?
Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
Midwives are trained health care professionals who provide maternity and gynecological care.
They are licensed by the medical board and are responsible for mom and baby’s health and safety, just as a doctor is.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Does insurance cover the cost of having a baby with the SCV Birth Center?
Resources & Press
Thank you for visiting our Resources and Press page. Finding current news about home birth or just child birth, in general, can be challenging. At the SCV Birth Center, we know that finding evidence-based information can be even more challenging. Below we present information we feel can help with your research, answer your questions regarding child birth, and ultimately decide about the options for you and your family.
If you have any questions on any of this information or don’t find the answers you’re searching for, please contact us!
Safety Of Out-Of-Hospital Birth
- Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler
- Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
- Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First by Marsden Wagner
- Doulas of North America
- Doula Association of Southern California
- Childbirth And Postpartum Professional Association
- Doulas of Santa Clarita Valley
Waterbirth & Breastfeeding
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