Whether you choose to deliver in a hospital, birthing center, or in the comfort of your own home, it’s so nice to have a little background and hear about other women’s experiences. We already shared your reviews of several popular hospitals in Dallas, so now we are taking a look at the best Birth Centers in Dallas according to real moms. You can read more about natural childbirth experiences by one of our contributors, or check back soon for a Birth Story taken place at a birthing center.
There are several Birth Centers around DFW, but these are the two that we have continually heard about from moms around town….which is generally a good sign.
What They Say:
“Since 1993, more than 2,900 families have chosen Birth and Women’s Center for safe, nurturing care. Ours was the first Dallas birth center to be staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives. The center, a 100-year-old home, is nestled among the quaint Victorians of the Swiss Avenue historic district and is only three blocks from a major hospital.”
“We support fathers to be totally involved. Most mothers labor in water, and some choose water birth.”
“Birth and Women’s Center captures the loving essence of home birth. Your whole family may be present, or you and your husband may choose to share the experience for yourselves. We honor the emotional intimacy of birth in ways not seen in more traditional settings.”
What Moms Say:
“I have given birth to both my children at the BWC and I love how much the midwives there trust a woman’s body and allow you to make any choices you like when it comes to prenatal care and your birth experience. They don’t try to medicate every ailment during pregnancy, and they allow you to labor with whomever and however you would like, while offering suggestions to help move things along and provide comfort. My favorite thing is the giant tub. Labor was so much easier in the tub! My favorite memories are of washing my newborns in that tub and of lying with my husband and new baby in the giant bed for hours after the births. It’s also really cool how the inside of the birth center is decorated with the footprints of all the babies born there – ours are both upstairs in the corner of the receptionist’s office!” -Jenny B.
“I had my son on December 2010 at this amazing place, it was everything I could wish for my first pregnancy, I had the best experience. Cherie Boettcher CNM and her staff were always so kind, caring, warm and passionate about providing an excellent environment for my family, they just make everything easy to understand, if I had a question (which I had thousands) they took the time to explain it to me and educate me, since this was my first pregnancy I was very excited about going to this place, because they seemed to gather all the things I was looking for my birth, such as natural birth, near hospital in case of an emergency, no anesthetic (since I know that could affect my baby), homelike and relaxing environment (they actually had candles, relaxing music, it was quiet and peaceful), waterbirth and the best of all my husband could be a part of it too!!. and hands down I can say “THIS IS IT” and I feel so proud to say I DID IT. it was the most beautiful experience of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was also trying to avoid a C Section, (since I wanted my son to be born when he was ready and not when the Doctors were) Cherie and Beverly litterally tried EVERYTHING to avoid me going to the hospital and I am so glad they did. ” -Raquel S.
“We were so impressed with the center and with the prenatal visits, but when it came to birth, Cheri was awful. Pushy, demanding, in a hurry and generally mean throughout the labor. I was confused and hurt while I should have been concentrating on bringing my baby into the world, and my husband was furious at the midwife on this most special of times. I was injected with pitocin through my IV without my, or my husbands, knowledge or consent. We had our baby and Cheri rushed off to where she was planning to go that evening, leaving us with the postpartum girl who, gratefully, was really great. Since then we’ve had another beautiful little one naturally and peacefully with a wonderful midwife from a different birth center, but I’m still left with disappointment and rage on my son’s behalf his that birth wasn’t all that it could have been because to one person’s mood. ” -Marsha
What They Say:
“Allen Birthing Center is fortunate to have an experienced and highly educated staff. The fact that they possess master’s degrees and post-graduate midwifery education as well as many years of experience is unique to this DFW metroplex birth center.”
“Pure babies born to healthy mothers during pure and healthy deliveries are our ultimate goal at Allen Birthing Center. In our experience, negativity and inappropriate chemicals are often more harmful to mothers and babies than physical ailments. With one-on-one professional care, we work to provide you with a birth experience that keeps you and your baby safe and intact, both in body – from your abdomen to your perineum – and in spirit.”
What Moms Say:
“Allen Birth Center was nice, plus there’s such a nice area for family to be close yet not TOO close” -Kelly C.
“I delivered my first child, a girl, at the Allen Birthing Center in June 2009 naturally and drug-free. My husband and I were so pleased with our experience that we didn’t hesitate for a moment to use them again for the prenatal care and delivery of our son this year.
My prenatal care during both pregnancies was exceptional. All of my appointments were so enjoyable because the midwives were always on schedule and efficient so I didn’t waste hours in a waiting room or alone in an exam room. The midwives also liked getting to know a little about me other than just my pregnancy, so by the time I delivered my first baby, the midwives felt more like family to me and not just my doctor. I was well informed and they always respected our wishes.
During labor, I loved the fact that I was allowed (and encouraged) to lay in different positions, walk around, sit up, etc. without having IV’s or monitors hooked up to me. I even gave birth to my son in the birthing tub, just as I had planned. I was so happy that my new baby was never take out of my sight and my favorite part about using the Allen Birthing Center was being able to go home so soon after giving birth. I was home after each delivery within 4 hours of giving birth and it was so relaxing to be back in my own home, in my own bed with my new sweet baby. Having a midwife come to my house 2 days after delivery to examine both me and baby was really great, too!” -Amy B.