Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas, our partners, and the process of out of hospital care.
What is a birth center?
A birth center is a home-like facility providing healthy women with holistic family centered care with an emphasis on pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding support. You may also use the birth center for womens health needs, including annual exams, pap smears, and contraceptive management.
What is a certified nurse-midwife?
A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has specialized education and training in Nursing and Midwifery. This training includes the care of pregnant women, well woman care, and newborn care up to 28 days of life.
How long is my stay after delivery (postpartum)?
Following birth your stay in the birth center will be an average of 6-12 hours but not more than 24 hours.
Do you offer water birth at the Rogers birth center location?
Yes, there are large soaking tubs in each labor room in which you may labor and/or deliver, if desired.
I had a c-section with my last baby. Can I deliver at the birth center?
Though we are very supportive of vaginal birth after cesarean section, we do not offer this service at the birth center. We are happy to help you find a provider who is supportive of VBAC options.
How many people can I have at the birth center with me?
You are welcome to have as many people in your birthing room as you would like. We also have two separate family waiting rooms available.
What are my options for pain control? Do you have epidurals?
We do not do have epidurals or narcotic pain medications at the birth center but instead promote movement, frequent changes in positioning, and laboring in water as alternative means in reducing pain. In addition, the constant support and encouragement of your midwives and nurses is of great value in helping you cope with labor.
What if Im not pregnant? Can I still come to the birth center?
In addition to pregnancy and birth services we also offer full gynecologic annual exams, including pap smears, pre-conceptual care and contraceptive management.
Can I eat and drink while in labor?
Eating and drinking in labor is both allowed and encouraged. Plan to bring your own food/snacks and drinks, there is kitchen available for your use.
What is a reason for which I would have to go to the hospital?
The main reason a woman would transfer to the hospital is for pain relief, a prolonged labor, and in rare circumstances, concerns regarding fetal health.
What do I have to pay the Birth Center if I “risk out”?
If your pregnancy becomes high risk prior to labor, as determined by BCNWA, and you are referred out of our care, we will refund your patient portion, minus the charges for services rendered. Refund requests cannot be processed by BCNWA until all claims have been returned from your insurance company.
Who takes care of the baby?
The Certified Nurse-Midwife who is with you for birth will also do a full newborn exam before you are discharged to home, including routine newborn procedures, a head-to-toe physical exam, neurologic exam, and newborn screening as appropriate.
What kind of follow-up can I expect after going home?
A certified nurse-midwife or registered nurse will do a phone call within 12-24 hours from birth, then a home visit 24-48 hours following delivery within a 30 mile radius of the birth center. You will then return to the birth center at 6 weeks for follow-up appointments.
Does my insurance cover care with a midwife in a birthing center?
We accept all major insurance plans. In fact most families who see us have lower out of pocket expenses than they would at their in-network hospital. No matter what, we work to make everything as hassle free for you as possible. Let us talk with your insurance company so you can focus on making a healthy baby.
If you’re already a client and have questions about your insurance or billing – we are here to help. Call us at (919) 322-0173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will respond within 24 hours.
Do you offer breastfeeding support at the Rogers birth center location?
We will provide both breastfeeding classes prenatally and extensive lactation support after birth at the birth center. Outpatient lactation services will be available for women who deliver in other facilities as well.
Are childbirth classes offered at the birth center in Arkansas?
An integral part of delivering at the birth center is the education and preparation during pregnancy. Childbirth classes are available and will be encouraged during your prenatal care.
Do you provide doula services?
Doulas are a wonderful addition to a birth center model of care and will be welcomed in the birth center if you choose. We do not have a doula on staff at the birth center.