FAQ

Q: Why should I choose the Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center?
A: Birthing centers are great options for women who are looking for a safe healthy birth. Our birth center is the only birthing center in Tarrant county offering services provided by Certified Nurse-Midwives. Our CNMs are in network with all major insurance companies and offer expanded services for our clients such as prescriptions if needed, ultrasounds, and direct access to a OBGYN consulting physician.

Q: Is Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center Licensed and accredited?
A: Yes, we are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and accredited by The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, a member of the American Association of Birthing Centers.

Q: Who provides care at the Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center
A: Our team of Certified Nurse Midwives (see the “Our Team” tab) who are each licensed in the State of Texas.

Q: Is it safe to deliver my baby at a freestanding birth center?
A: Studies show that outcomes for low risk women and babies who deliver at birth centers are excellent. Here you will find a link to the landmark The National Birth Center II study detailing safety data.

Q: Who can give birth at the Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center?
A: Generally we care for low risk healthy women. Birth centers remain as a valid option for some women with certain medical conditions. We will evaluate each woman individually to determine eligibility for an out of hospital birth.

Q: Are prenatal labs and sonograms completed at the birth center?
A: Yes, our Certified Nurse Midwives will draw your blood and send it to a lab for processing. We also have sonogram equipment available at the birth center.

Q: May I have a waterbirth at the birth center?
A: Absolutely, each of our birthing suites are equipped with birthing tubs.

Q: How many staff members will be present at my birth?
A: At least two birth attendants, one being a Certified Nurse Midwife.

Q: Are friends and family welcome during my birth at the birth center?
A: Absolutely, we encourage you to have those closest to you present. Each birthing suite is equipped with a kitchen and we have a spacious family waiting area with TV located down stairs. Your family and friends will also have access to our Wi-Fi at no charge.

Q: Is pain medication available at the birth center?
A: We do not administer pain medication at the birth center. Nitrous Oxide is available for women who choose that option.

Q: How long will we stay at the birth center after birth?
A: Generally families will be discharged 4 hours post delivery.

Q: Are circumcisions completed at the birth center?
A: No, we would refer to another provider.

Q: Will the birth center provide forms necessary to receive my baby’s birth certificate?
A: The birth center will file all necessary forms with the local registrar where you can request your baby’s birth certificate. We will also provide a birth certificate from our birth center as a memento.

Q: What happens after my baby is born? What care will he/she receive?
A: After the birth, the midwives will perform a complete physical assessment. For healthy newborns who are discharged home from the birth center, a care provider will make a well check phone call at 24 hours of age. The newborn will be assessed in person by one of our licensed registered nurses or certified nurse-midwives.

Q: Do you have a collaborating physician?
A: Yes. The midwives have a working relationship with OB/GYNS at Harris Methodist Downtown Fort Worth.

Q: Do you accept those wishing to VBAC?
A: Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to provide out-of-hospital delivery for anyone with a prior cesarean. However, we can provide well-woman care and make referrals to providers who are taking VBAC clients.

Q: What classes are offered at Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center?
A: We have options for comprehensive childbirth classes, breastfeeding class, and early home care class.