The Birth Center at LWC offers unparalleled comprehensive and personalized prenatal care, labor and birth, and ongoing post-partum care. Throughout their pregnancies, all women at The Birth Center at LWC have 24-hour access to our Certified Nurse-Midwives and Registered Nurses. We also partner with a wonderful team of obstetricians, pediatricians, and neonatologists who are on call 24 hours a day, should their services be needed, and we are located directly across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital.
At The Birth Center at LWC, we strive to educate and empower women receiving prenatal care to be true partners in their care. Each appointment is customized to meet the woman’s individual needs, and expectant mothers spend a full 30 minutes with providers during their prenatal appointments and a full hour during their initial appointment. We also support those prospective parents who wish to create a detailed, personalized plan to guide labor and birth. Building on our relationship-based model, The Birth Center at LWC consistently delivers the highest caliber care driven by evidence-based standards.
At The Birth Center at LWC, women lead their own labor and birth process in partnership with LWC’s nurses and midwives. During early labor, women are encouraged to create their own environment of comfort, one that allows them to move freely and choose their own preferred positions for labor to eat and drink, and to invite family members, friends, children, or other supporters to share the experience. During active labor, women have their own private, well-appointed birth suites, where their partners and other support individuals may join them as the woman chooses. All birth suites include Jacuzzi tubs, showers, birthing balls and stools, large beds, and other comfortable and soothing accessories and furniture. There is also a shared living room and kitchen for use by laboring families.
Throughout labor and birth, our expert, compassionate team monitors both mother and baby and provides all support and care needed by the laboring mother. We also partner with experienced OB/GYN and pediatric physicians, who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should any issues arise. We also work collaboratively with two nearby hospitals, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital, with immediate access to care in the event of an emergency or when transfer is needed. When a client needs to transfer to the hospital, LWC midwives continue to be actively involved in our clients’ care. LWC midwives are credentialed providers and in most circumstances will continue to provide care to clients in the hospital.
The earliest hours of post-partum bonding between mother and baby are among the most important, and The Birth Center at LWC prioritizes them accordingly. Newborn babies remain with their mothers rather than being taken away to an infant nursery, providing uninterrupted family bonding and an opportunity for new parents to dive right into caring for their infants.
Most families will take their babies home within six to 12 hours after birth, and LWC nurses provide home visits or visits at LWC within 24 to 36 hours after birth. During this visit, LWC nurses will examine mother and baby, provide advice and guidance regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, and the mother’s health, and answer any other questions the family has. LWC also provides a “First Days at Home” class for clients, which they attend before they go into labor, so they are prepared when they bring the baby home. The LWC team continues to maintain close contact with new mothers during the first six weeks and provides a six-week postpartum checkup, monitoring the progress of mother and infant.
Research has shown wide-ranging benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact, including greater respiratory, temperature, and glucose stability of the baby, better facilitated attachment between mother and baby, and even better sleep and increased brain development in babies.