Whether our patients choose to give birth in the hospital or in the serene, spa-like atmosphere of our birth center, they can be assured of receiving personalized care and coaching from one of our certified nurse-midwives.
Our patients have the option of delivering at Greenville Memorial Hospital or in our birth center. There is no right or wrong choice, just your personal preference. If you want the experience of midwifery care during pregnancy and epidural anesthesia for delivery, our hospital birth option is for you. If you prefer a natural birth with no medical pain management, our birth center may be for you.
Explore your options and discuss your birth plan with your midwife. She will help guide you along the path best for you, your baby and your growing family.
Imagine a place where your birth plan is honored and your body’s ability to birth your baby is embraced! You’ll find that at The Family Birthplace at Prisma Health Women’s Hospital (inside Greenville Memorial Hospital). If you choose a hospital delivery, The Family Birthplace offers high-quality, compassionate care in a comfortable family-centered maternity environment. In addition, one of our nurse midwives will be present to assist you during your delivery.
Services available at The Family Birthplace include …
Our birth center is designed for healthy, low risk mothers who are clients of Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center. The three birth suites offer a relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable and spa-like feel. The suites are located in the same building where clients receive their prenatal care, and the nurses who provide care during pregnancy are the same ones who care for clients in the birth center.
We do not routinely perform episiotomies at the birth center. Instead, we use warm compresses to ease the passage of the baby so the mother will not tear. Episiotomy rates in birth centers are less than 1 percent. Remember, no pain medications or epidurals are used at the birth center.
We know that a few women who choose to deliver at our birth center will experience difficulties, so procedures are in place for an immediate transfer to Greenville Memorial Hospital when necessary. About 12 percent of women in labor will need to be transferred to the hospital for various reasons. The vast majority of these transfers are not emergencies. Only about 2 percent are emergency transports.
Because the birth center is affiliated with Prisma Health, we are located only minutes from Greenville Memorial Hospital. That way, if a problem develops, the mother or baby will receive the level of care needed immediately. Your certified nurse midwife will go with you and continue to care for you in the hospital along with a medical team as needed.
Following delivery in the birth center, mother and baby remain together at all times. Any necessary treatment or exam for the baby always is performed in front of the parents. The same staff takes care of the mother and baby together as a family unit. Mom and baby will be discharged approximately six hours after delivery. Thus, it is very important that the new mother has good help and support at home. Moms will have attended an early discharge class during their pregnancy in preparation for the short stay after delivery. One of our staff members will conduct a home visit within 24 to 48 hours of discharge to check on mother and baby.
Effective June 30, 2019, Greenville Midwifery Care is transitioning all midwifery births to Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital as we are no longer able to support births at the birth center due to payer reimbursement limitations. If you are a patient at Greenville Midwifery Care and go into labor prior to June 30, you may still have your baby in our birth center.
We remain deeply committed to supporting every woman through her pregnancy and delivery, and know that midwifery services are an important part of that mission. Our midwives will still serve as primary caregivers during pregnancy and birth. Like at the birth center, midwifery patients will still be able to choose the type of low-intervention birth that is right for them, including VBAC, water birth and unmedicated birth.
We understand that this is a change for patients who were planning on a birth center delivery. A patient’s comfort and trust in her birth plan is our top priority for all of our prenatal patients, and we are working to ensure that each patient’s individual birth plan remains consistent through this transition.
We’re proud to have offered this type of birth at our birth center for four years. We have advocated diligently during this time for payment reform to allow us to continue to offer this important service. Unfortunately, current reimbursement models are such that we can no longer offer this option.
Some conditions make out-of-hospital birth potentially unsafe. The extra support available at a hospital is preferable and sometimes necessary for some expectant mothers. The following is a partial list of common medical conditions that, if present in the mother, would necessitate a hospital birth: