A home-like birth experience
Every woman is unique, and so are her birthing preferences. Doctors, midwives and maternity care nurses at The Alternative Birthing Center at Ascension Providence Hospital Southfield offer options for a natural, home-like birth.
We start by listening to you, to better understand you and your healthcare needs. For expecting moms who want a home-like birth experience, we offer an alternative to home births. Choosing the Alternative Birthing Center can be a safer choice than home births due to the center’s proximity to the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, which is equipped to deliver more advanced care should you need it. Throughout your pregnancy and during labor and delivery, we’re here to answer your questions and help create a memorable birth experience.
Your doctor, nurse midwife and care team work together to create a birth experience that is right for you and your family. Family-centered care is our priority. We are available during your pregnancy and at the time of birth to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to make your birth comfortable and memorable.
We respect your preferences and privacy. Our care team can be stand-by support, or take a more active role in your delivery. Before your baby’s birth, you can meet your care team and midwife by scheduling a tour or attending one of the Meet the Midwives classes.
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Advanced maternity care, if you need it
Not every mom and baby need extra care, but if you do, rest assured our care team is ready. The Alternative Birthing Center on 3-West at Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield campus is near our traditional labor and delivery unit. In an emergency, we can quickly connect you with more advanced care in the labor and delivery unit.
Classes and tours
Our prenatal education program guides you throughout the childbearing cycle. If you wish to give birth in the Alternative Birthing Center, you must complete orientation. You may take the Ascension Providence Hospital childbirth class or other childbirth preparation classes (such as Lamaze or Bradley). It’s important for you and your partner to complete the required courses. We also recommend refresher childbirth classes for returning families.
Birthing suites with a home-like environment
Our birthing suites are designed to make you and your family comfortable. Each room is decorated to help you feel at home. Rooms include a TV, large bed and special seating for family members. A jacuzzi tub is also available upon request to help increase your comfort while in labor.
The "At Your Request" program allows you to choose when and what you eat. You may also bring your own food and use the kitchen and microwave. Visitors can get snacks and beverages from the hospital cafeteria or from the vending machines in the 3rd floor Family Lounge.
Monitoring your signs of labor
When labor begins, you may come to the Alternative Birthing Center after checking in with your doctor. Our care team monitors your labor and provides services to help you during labor and delivery, including:
- Liquids and light nourishment are encouraged
- Local anesthesia is available for an episiotomy
- Pain medication is available (not epidurals)
- Siblings may be present if there is another adult besides the parents present
- You are encouraged to move around, walk and shower
- You can use whatever labor positions are comfortable
- Your baby’s heart rate is checked frequently
- Your vital signs are monitored
Immediately after birth, skin-to-skin contact is one of the best ways to promote bonding and keep your baby warm. We encourage you to hold your baby as soon as possible. We encourage you to keep your baby cuddled and near you while you are awake.
Your doctor and nurse check your baby's health immediately after birth. If your baby has special needs, Ascension Providence has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We also provide postpartum and breastfeeding support for you and your baby.
Free parking is available at Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield campus. During the day, you must enter through the Nine Mile/Main Entrance. Park in the Nine Mile lot or use the valet.
From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., use the Emergency entrance on the Northeast side of the hospital.
If you are in active labor and need assistance, ask the security guard for a wheelchair and escort. Then, go to the Alternative Birthing Center on 3-West.