The Natural Birthing Center focuses on a more natural delivery, allowing women who prefer to avoid medications and medical intervention a safe place where they can deliver. Because we aim to offer you a spectrum of choices, you can choose the kind of medical care you would like present during your delivery, including fetal monitoring.
Talk with your delivery team – including your family and your medical providers – about the delivery you would like to experience. Please note that some of our natural birthing options – such as the water tubs – are not advised for certain high-risk pregnancies and for women with certain medical difficulties.
I arrived at the Natural Birthing Center at Lovelace Women's Hospital and was found to be in active labor. I was greeted by my nurse and Midwife. I was feeling this intense pressure in my uterus with each contraction and was starting to get nervous with the contractions building in intensity. They offered to have my water broken to help move the process along, but since I am a midwife myself, I declined knowing the contractions would become more intense. I was starting to get nervous that I was not going to be able to maintain control with each contraction. To cope, I got into the large birthing tub and was breathing through each contraction as I learned in my childbirth class. In the tub I was able to go into a deep relaxed state and felt calm. Because I was calm and feeling in control of the contractions, I then asked to have my water broken - I now felt that I could handle the contractions and wanted to move forward. I had the support of my husband, midwife, and nurse reminding me I could do this. Before I knew it, I was completely dilated. My healthy little baby was crowning and floating up from the water. Grayson was born on January 18, 2011.
- Yeni Yim, Albuquerque
Many mothers find that labor and delivery can be an intense process. Women who choose to labor and/or deliver in our tubs find that the buoyancy provided by the water relieves pressure and that the constant temperature provides comfort. Additionally, water facilitates a method of pain management, which helps relax the patient and relax the pelvis.
Water births may provide many benefits to the mother and infant, such as pain relief and a less traumatic birth experience for the baby. This service meets the growing demand of mothers, families and providers who seek a more peaceful and natural birth process.
Highlights of the Natural Birthing Center:
- Four private labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms with water birthing tubs.
- 18 private patient rooms for postpartum recovery
- The water birthing tubs include a thermal air option with ozone that provides clean, therapeutic effervescence. After passing through an ozone feature, which has sanitation properties 200 times stronger than bleach, the air is heated and bubbled into the pool. The intensity is controlled by the laboring mother and provides both relaxation and pain management, according to Waterbirth Solutions, Inc.
- Two fireplaces create ambience in lobby areas
- Staffed with certified nurse midwives and OB/GYNs
Each Room Features:
- Home-like atmosphere with warm finishes and soothing colors
- In-room sleeping accommodations for a guest
- Wood style flooring
- Flat screen TVs
Lovelace Women’s Hospital, which delivers about 3,600 babies every year, also offers a traditional birthing option in a 41-bed Mother-Baby Unit, high-risk OB Services with maternal fetal medicine 24/7, an expanded 53-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), 16 labor and delivery rooms, and an 8-bed Pediatric Observation Unit supervised 24/7 by pediatricians. The hospital also offers prenatal classes and a new parent support group.