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The Aurora Birth Center is a free-standing, licensed facility dedicated to the safe practice of holistic care. We offer home birth and birth in our beautiful center, and provide exceptional midwifery services in sensitive surroundings while working with clients during pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

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Our Services

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Longer Office Visits

Prenatal & Postpartum visits are 30-45 minutes long, giving plenty of time for discussion and conversation!

Waterbirth Option

We offer the option of laboring or birthing in the tub, and each of our birth suites has spacious and luxurious tub.

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Organic Healthy Meals

We serve nourishing, delicious meals to families laboring at the birth center. Often the ingredients come straight from our own garden!

Intermittent Fetal Monitoring

We monitor the baby’s heart beat regularly using a hand-held doppler. This allows you to move freely without wires or disturbance.

Emergency Equipment

We carry all standard emergency equipment and medications, and are skilled and trained in managing unexpected complications.

Lab work, ultrasounds and Standard Screening

We offer access to all standard laborer or screenings (including genetic testing), as well as the option to decline anything you do not want. 

Philosophy

The Aurora Birth Center serves families during one of the most profound transitions in life. Amidst the sometimes overwhelming and confusing aspects of modern prenatal care, we strive to provide factual information in a relaxed and unhurried environment, to answer questions, and to encourage parents to participate in all the choices surrounding pregnancy and birth. Our aim is to assist parents in creating their own experience and emerging with an enhanced sense of confidence.

We take pride in providing high quality midwifery and personalized care for birth center and home births. We wish to assist in the promotion of health and well-being from a holistic perspective. We understand that health is not just a physical condition, but one that involves the mind, the heart and the community as well. We believe that by surrounding our families with beauty, warmth, nourishing food and drink and a joyous, caring atmosphere, that our families will recover swiftly and transition well into their new roles. Our hope is that your experience will not only surpass your expectations, but that it will fill and nourish your heart as well!

our Midwifery team

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Susie Corcoran

CNM, FNP

Susie is the owner & director of Aurora Family Health. She provides midwifery care as well as primary care for women & children. Learn more about Susie….

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Jessi Vining

BSM, CPM, LDM

Jessi provides midwifery care and offers childbirth and fertility awareness education classes. She also offers placenta encapsulation. Learn more about Jessi…

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Meredith Mance

CPM, LDM, IBCLC

Meredith provides midwifery care and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is also fluent in Spanish. Learn more about Meredith…

About Our Care

We will usually begin seeing people at about 12 weeks in their pregnancy, though we also accept late transfer of care or people who are delayed in starting their prenatal care.

Visits are every 4-6 weeks until your 3rd trimester, and then every 1-3 weeks (depending on your pregnancy risk factors and health) until you give birth.

We believe strongly in supporting physiologic birth, which means we avoid routine interference and intervention. Our goal is to support you body in laboring naturally and healthily so that you and your baby are safe and well.

We do not carry pain medications (such as epidurals), however we have the ability to offer therapeutic rest for those who have prolonged early labors.

We offer waterbirth, and encourage you to be active and to birth in the position of your choice. We also encourage normal eating and drinking throughout labor.

Should transfer to the hospital become necessary, we typically go to Providence Willamette Falls hospital, where we have positive and supportive relationships with the staff.

Parents usually stay at the birth center for 6-8 hours postpartum, being cared for by the midwifery team and our postpartum providers (doulas and lactation professionals).

Postpartum visits take place 3-5 days after the birth, again at 2 weeks, and finally at 8 weeks postpartum. Should complications or concerns develop, we schedule more frequent visits. 

We support all methods of infant feeding, and encourage breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Midwife Meredith is also a Lactation Consultant and offers extensive breastfeeding support and additional lactation visits postpartum.

Interested in Community Birth?

Community birth takes place outside of the hospital. It includes both birth center and home birth options, and is a safe and reasonable choice for people with low-risk pregnancies. If you would like to discuss your options and tour our birth center call us to schedule a meet & greet with one of the midwives!

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  • ✨It’s a beautiful day in our birth center garden✨
  • ✨Did you know we also offer pediatric care and annual exams?✨ Come see Susie, Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, to catch up on your health care. 
#nursepractitioner #pediatrics #annualexams #holistichealth #wellness #provideryoutrust #support #midwiferycare #wellperson
  • ✨Holding space for all the different forms this journey takes✨
  • We love our clients so much!! 💛#repost @saltofmotherhood
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I have a history of medical trauma that my body was holding onto going back 10 years, so I reached out to a therapist a year ago to begin EMDR therapy sessions so my body could process the various events. A piece of this therapy was determining what I felt during those times - I didnt feel safe and I didnt feel heard. When I finished EMDR therapy, I was able to think back to those events and say that I now feel safe and heard. My therapist wanted to make sure I felt this way with my midwives and that I was ready mentally and emotionally to encounter this event. •
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Active labor was an intense hour and the contractions came rolling through without much to catch a breather between. But reflecting on the labor since, I realized that I stated "I am safe and I am heard" between contractions, as I had my midwives and husband supporting me. I felt i was able to listen to my body, be heard, and we were in a safe and respectful space. This is a change from the birth of my first, where I felt pressured, bullied by the midwife and then received medications I did not want afterward. I didnt realize how healing this would be. I'm thankful for my first who taught me I have a voice as a woman and mother. I'm thankful for my second, my husband and one of my best friends who pushed me to seek help and healing, and I'm thankful for the midwives at @aurorabirthcenter who gave me the space needed.
  • Finally our oily blends are ready for parents at @aurorabirthcenter! We have two nausea blends and two emotional blends meant to help you cope with the signs and symptoms of pregnancy naturally. This allows you to try out some of the healing benefit of therapeutic grade oils, without having to drop a ton of money. Each blend is the perfect dilution of essential oils to be safely used directly on the skin of pregnant people! $10 each

#doterra #essentialoils #naturalwellness #naturapregnancy #nausea #moodswings #transition
  • ✨When you can only offer a shoulder to lean on✨

So much of birth is a mental and emotional process. Yes, the body must labor and open - but the mind must also catch up and allow this process. It can be scary, isolating, alarming. But it can also be a transformative, incredible bonding experience. Frequently the best thing to do for the laboring person is just to remain present and receptive to their needs minute by minute. This kind of support allows them to go through their unique physical and mental journey knowing they are not alone, and that they are safe and cared for.

#birthpartner #support #midwiferymodelofcare #midwifery #birth #comfortinlabor *all photos shared with parent permission.
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