Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Birth Center?

Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center offer’s today’s women & families an alternative to hospital maternity care in a safe and beautiful setting. We provide care to women who are anticipating normal, low-risk births as well as providing gynecological care when necessary.

Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center is run by certified licensed professionals who have the skills and sensitivity to provide the best care to our clients. We have Doctors who back our professional midwives. HSPBC meets all local, state and federal health, fire and safety regulations and is licensed by the state Department of Health.

Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center takes most insurance that will provide reimbursement for out-of-hospital childbirth facilities run by qualified staff. The cost is usually less than traditional hospital deliveries and the stay is much shorter.

We take pride in providing the best midwifery care for our mothers in a setting that is welcoming, warm and calming. HSPBC care is personalized. We encourage and educate the family to participate in the preparation for labor & birthing. Birthing in a beautiful setting surrounded by peaceful, professional loving care.

Classes for prenatal care & fitness, childbirth education and parenting classes are part of your care. HSPBC offers the freedom to move around, eat and to choose whether to birth in water. Once baby arrrives, the family is ready with confidence to welcome and care for their newborn.

Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center’s goal is to provide the safety (being across the street from a hospital) and the comfort of a home atmosphere, all with the assurance that competent, attentive staff is helping your family realize a dream come true.

What is the difference between HSPBC and a hospital?

At HSPBC we want women to birth at their own pace therefore not rushing the labor process. HSPBC encourages pregnant women and their families to take a responsible role in the plan for their birth experience.

HSPBC encourages a woman to interact with family, eat, drink, walk, and be supported by the people around her. Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center DISCHARGES STABLE CLIENTS 4-6 HOURS POSTPARTUM WITH A HOME VISIT BY OUR STAFF.

HSPBC is based on the midwifery model of care and views pregnancy as a normal and natural part of life therefore focuses on helping mothers give birth naturally without the use of any invasive technology or procedures.

Are Birth Centers Safe?

Yes, birth centers are safe because they have knowledgeable, professional midwives who focus on the mothers and baby’s best interest.

A National Birth Center Study of over 17, 000 women seeking birth center care published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that birth centers offer a safe and acceptable alternative to hospital birth for selected women, and that birth center care leads to fewer cesarean sections.

Will my insurance pay for my Birth Center Care?

Think of your pregnancy & birthing experience like you would if you were planning your wedding…a life changing event! Insurance does not cover weddings, but with your verification of benefits, you will have a better idea of what out of pocket expense your total care will be. Please see our section on Insurance/Fees. Your insurance company may not pay for all of your birth center care, but we can help you to obtain the necessary information to verify coverage.

Most insurance companies reimburse midwives and birth center charges.

What if an emergency happens, or my baby needs to go to the hospital?

In the unlikely event of an emergency, the staff at HSPBC is highly qualified to effectively initiate emergency treatments associated with labor and birth. HSPBC is equipped if needed to initiate treatment and is located directly across from the hospital. The Fire Dept. is behind the Center as well. Our Doctors have privileges at Jackson South Hospital and in the event of a hospital transfer, will continue to care for the mother and baby as private patients, not “walk-ins”.

Who can be with me at my birth?

Having a baby is a highly personal experience and we feel that you should be able to share it with anyone you choose. This may include your husband or other birth companion & support persons. Since the time spent postpartum at the Birth Center is 4-6 hours, relatives and other family members can wait in our family lounge. Your primary birth companion & support person can actively participate in the birth experience. If you decide to have other children present, they will need to have advance preparation and be supervised by a second adult support person. We ask that the people you have with you respect the midwives and give them room when they need it in order to provide the best care for the woman and baby.

What options do I have for labor pain management?

The labor management of childbirth is different for each woman and pain is a perception of the person experiencing it. Options for intense labor relief are water tubs, massage, homeopathics, aromatherapy, interaction with others, and support from Holistic South’s staff. We will also offer Pro Nox Nitrous Oxide patient controlled analgesia for labor and relaxation only when requested. Speak to our staff for more information on this option. In birth centers, labor perception relief really begins with the program of care. Alleviating fear through childbirth education, promoting confidence, and providing a non stressful environment is the beginning of reducing this during childbirth.

Studies have shown that the constant support and companionship of other women like a doula and/or the midwife shortens labor and reduces the perception of discomfort during labor. The education and parenting classes taught by certified specialist Debra Geymayr at HSPBC will help women to understand how labor progresses, ways mom and birth companion can fully participate and use the different resources to help cope with labor and, if indicated, participate and cooperate in the decision to have medical help for relief of pain. A childbirth education, newborn baby care and breast feeding class are required for all first time parents to take.

Who can use the Birth Center?

If you are healthy and have no chronic medical problems such as heart disease or diabetes or potential obstetrical problems that may occur with twins or breech presentation, you will probably be eligible for birth at HSPBC. You will be carefully screened on your first visit and evaluated throughout your pregnancy to promote a safe and satisfying birth experience. Remember, care is on a continuum. Our goal is to meet your personal needs as well as insure your safety.

How soon after birth can I go home? What can I expect?

At HSPBC, we begin preparing new families for their newborn while the mother is still pregnant. We will help you plan for the support and care you and your baby need at home in the first few days and weeks after birth. After the birth, your baby will get a complete physical examination. You will be checked to make sure that there is no bleeding or complications, and that your baby is breastfeeding successfully. Providing that there no complications arise, the mother and baby are stable, and the baby has been nursed, women will remain at the birth center for approximately 4 hours after giving birth. However, mothers can stay in the center from 6 to 8 hours if needed.

Once you are home, one of our professionals will visit you within 24-48 hours to check on you and the baby. You can call the center or your midwife at anytime during your postpartum period with questions or concerns. This way you can get the rest you need, time to bond with your new baby, and the health and wellbeing of you and your baby continues to be monitored. Your baby should be seen by a pediatric care provider within the first 72 hours. You will come back to HSPBC for later postpartum checkups.

How is Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center licensed?

HSPBC is licensed under the regulations for freestanding birth centers of the Florida State Department of Health. Each year a state inspector comes to review HSPBC for the state-defined standards of safety. Coalition for Childbirth Choices is licensed by the State of Florida.

How can I learn more about HSPBC?

You can contact us anytime by calling us at 305- 238-7873 or e-mail us at debra@holisticsouthpregnancybirthcenter.com.

We invite you to come to one of our Free tours (call for set up) where you can learn more about our staff and our center.