Requirements for delivering at the Ascension Providence Hospital Alternative Birthing Center.
To give birth in the Alternative Birthing Center, you must be in low risk and cared for by an OB/GYN doctor with privileges at Ascension Providence Hospital. We also require attendance at one of our orientations and the completion of childbirth education classes that prepares you and your family for labor, birth, baby care, and what to expect at home. Your admission is at the discretion of your provider. Some conditions that may prevent you from birthing at the Alternative Birth Center include but are not limited to:
Breech fetal position
Estimated low or high birth weight
High blood pressure or any other signs of a condition called preeclampsia
Pregnancies less than 36weeks or greater than 41weeks and 6 days
Gestational diabetes requiring medication
Previous cesarean section
Water breaking and no signs of labor after 18 hours
Meconium stained amniotic fluid (baby having a bowel movement in the womb) in early labor
Stalled labor requiring medical intervention as determined by your provider
Due to the unpredictable nature of childbirth, a room in the Alternative Birthing Center may not be available upon your arrival. If this occurs, similar accommodations will be offered to you in the Labor and Delivery unit.