Holistic Birthing Center
Holistic Birthing Center
The Holistic Birth Center is Northeast Ohio’s first hospital-based birth center.
We believe that birth is a sacred natural journey that can unfold on its own. The
staff is here to help make the birth experience satisfying for you, your newborn
and your family.
The Holistic Birth Center at St. John Medical Center Family Suites has been developed
to provide a familiar warm homelike environment where families can experience birth.
The staffs of nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to partnering with the
childbearing family to provide a safe and satisfying birth experience focusing on
birth as normal. The homelike qualities, welcoming, reassuring and professional
nature of the staff embody the idea that birth is normal, yet emotionally powerful.
Women and families have the right to seek care that is medically safe, that recognizes
and respects the individual’s physical, social, spiritual, psychological and economic
Women and families have the right and responsibility to assume an active role in
their own healthcare.
Education is an essential part of quality health care. Only when women and their
families have real access to information are they able to assume an active role.
The birth center program of care is designed in the wellness model and guided by
principals of prevention, sensitivity, safety and appropriate medical intervention.
When birth is integrated into life as a family event, the family is strengthened.
Our goal is to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self confidence
so that she may experience her own birth with dignity and empowerment.
Who can use the Birth center?
The birth center is designed for the low risk mother and healthy baby. Motivated
couples that are interested in utilizing the birth center will participate in the
holistic birth center orientation that will define low risk.
What can I expect?
The birth center is designed in the wellness model and guided by principles of prevention,
sensitivity, safety, and low intervention. We empower the family to take an active
role in the birth process. The use of routine IV’s, pitocin and epidural anesthesia
are not available in the birth center. Instead we encourage the use of aromatherapy,
hydrotherapy, music therapy, and massage therapy. The freedom to move in labor,
eat and drink in labor, and having the support of our staff will allow your labor
to unfold naturally. After the birth our goal is to keep Mother and baby together.
Skin to skin contact is encouraged along with breastfeeding. The use of pacifiers
or supplements are only done with parental consents. Your stay may be from 6-24
hours. If you require a stay greater than 24 hours you are moved to a traditional
Does my insurance cover the birth center?
Yes, if your insurance allows you to deliver at St. John Medical Center. The Birth
Center is located in the hospital on the Family Suites Unit.
How do I learn more?
Holistic Birth Center
orientation classes are sponsored St. John Medical Center
Community Outreach. Call 1-877-597-6348.
Safety and Security
The safety of both you and your infant are of outmost importance. The obstetrical
care team includes an obstetrician, pediatrician and anesthesiologist. All team
members are in the hospital 24/7 in the event of an emergency. In the unlikely event
t hat your baby needs more intensive care than what is offered at St. John Medical
Center our team of pediatricians will facilitate a transfer to
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. After the birth of your baby the
nurse will place identification bands on the baby, the mother and the father/partner.
All bands share a common number, the baby will never be given to anyone unless they
wear the identification band with the matching number. In addition all newborns
have a security device placed on the umbilical cord, that will set off an alarm
if the baby is leaving the unit. The Unit is locked and the door is managed by the
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