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.
Longer Office Visits
Prenatal & Postpartum visits are 30-45 minutes long, giving plenty of time for discussion and conversation!
We offer the option of laboring or birthing in the tub, and each of our birth suites has spacious and luxurious tub.
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.
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.
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
BSM, CPM, LDM
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!