Gentle Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center

Pregnancy & Birth Support




Prenatal Care

  • Prenatal appointments (every 4 weeks until your 28th week, every 2 weeks until your 36th week, and every week after that until delivery)
  • Medical/Pregnancy History
  • Risk Assessment
  • Nutritional, Herbal, and Homeopathic counseling
  • All lab work required by the state of Texas and any additional requested by client
  • Urinalysis at each prenatal visit
  • Blood pressure monitoring at each prenatal visit
  • Weight gain assessment
  • Assessment of fetal heart tones and position of baby
  • 24-hour access to your midwife
  • Instruction on relaxation techniques
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth education
  • Sonograms if needed or upon request
  • Breastfeeding Preparation
  • Physician Back Up referrals

Labor and Delivery

  • Our clients are encouraged to call anytime of the day or night if they think they are in labor
  • Our assistants and midwife will be with you throughout your labor and birth
  • Birth team holds CPR certificates as well as a current Neonatal Resuscitation certification
  • Ladies are encouraged throughout labor to eat and drink to fuel their bodies
  • Onlookers can be as few or as many as you chose
  • Full labor assessment, including dilation, effacement, fetal position, blood pressure monitoring, fetal heart tone monitoring
  • Pain management without drugs
  • Relaxation including, massage, aromatherapy, water therapy, etc.
  • Techniques for avoiding perineal tears including warm oil massage, warm compresses, gentle second stage coaching
  • IV Antibiotics available for GBS positive moms
  • IV fluids on hand if needed
  • The babies are put directly on the mom’s chest for instant bonding
  • Delayed cord clamping for ultimate blood distribution to baby
  • Parents choice as to who cuts the cord (siblings love this)
  • Father’s are welcome to catch. Children are encouraged to touch and bond with baby
  • Mom and baby go into a soothing herbal bath. Baby is alert and happy.
  • Newborn exam is done on the bed with mom and everyone invited to watch! Dads are encouraged to use our scale to weigh the baby themselves
  • We will stay with you after your birth until all discharge criteria has been met
  • All equipment for birth center births provided
  • Emergency equipment if needed
  • Breast feeding assistance
  • Postnatal instructions given in writing and verbally


Postpartum Care

  • Three postpartum visits, or as many as needed through 8 weeks
  • Continued assessment of infant well being
  • Continuing assessment of maternal well being
  • Breast-feeding assistance; Lactation consultant arranged, if needed
  • Family dynamics/Sibling advice
  • Family planning counseling
  • Birth Certificate Filed
  • Social Security Number filed for baby