About The Birthing Inn
TBI is Tacoma’s only freestanding birth center! We practice a family-centered, holistic, alternative approach to birth. Each of our three lovely birth suites is well equipped for a variety of natural childbirth options and ready for you and your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Since opening our doors in 1999, The Birthing Inn has welcomed nearly 2,000 beautiful new babies into warm, cozy, and peaceful surroundings.
“This is where I had my son. Such a beautiful place. I SLEPT between contractions in my big, warm birthing tub and when Ashton was born, he was sound asleep and so peaceful. Best experience!”
The Story of TBI
The Birthing Inn opened its doors in November 1999, when Dr. Elizabeth Sanford and Kimberly Horvath, PA-C/CM began welcoming women seeking out-of-hospital birth with open arms.
In its original form, The Birthing Inn was designed to cater to not only low-risk women but also to women whose previous pregnancy resulted in a C-section. These women, medically known as VBACs, were seeking natural, out-of-hospital births and Dr. Elizabeth Sanford, Kimberly Horvath, PA-C/CM and the Pearl Place Women’s Care Center were there to answer the calls. Kay Jackson, CNM/ARNP joined The Birthing Inn team shortly thereafter, helping to round out the expertise and experience of Tacoma’s only freestanding birth center. Unfortunately, insurance companies have since deemed VBAC deliveries high risk and no longer cover the facility fees of The Birthing Inn. Kay Jackson, CNM/ANRP still specializes in VBAC deliveries at nearby hospitals, in addition to helping low-risk women deliver at TBI.
In 2003, The Birthing Inn team once again opened their arms to welcome and give facility privileges to a select number of Licensed Midwives. Along with these new Midwives, Susan Sherwood, Doula and Palmer Schuetzow, Doula joined as co-managers. These partnerships were not only to provide additional birth options to pregnant mothers, but to also help keep the birth center open.
Over the next decade or so, The Birthing Inn began offering in-house Childbirth Education Classes, facility tours for curious moms, and office spaces for TBI Affiliated Midwives. These expansions have helped turn The Birthing Inn into the premier, natural-birth destination in the South Puget Sound. Most recently, in July 2013, ownership of TBI was handed over to Susan Sherwood, LM/CPM. The Birthing Inn continues to be a corner stone of the Puget Sound birth community and developing into a well-known learning center for student midwives and women interested in becoming a part of the natural childbirth industry.
Out-of-hospital births are safe. Here’s why.
It’s very important that each family gathers information and makes the best choice for pregnancy and birth. Women will give birth the most effectively where they feel the safest. If TBI is your safe birth place, we want to make sure your family has up to date information to allow the most supportive environment.
Here are a few resources to help our clients and their families understand why the Midwifery Model of Care and choosing a birth in a freestanding birth center may be the best choice for them. Having a hard time understanding why someone you love would want to have an out of hospital birth? The documentary “The Business of Being Born” provides an overview and comparison look at hospital versus out of hospital birth. The movie is available for purchase on iTunes, on DVD, streaming on Netflix, and at available for checkout at most local libraries. You can learn more about this film at http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com.
Links to State, National, and International Organizations:
American Association of Birth Centers
Citizens for Midwifery
The MAMA Campaign
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
Midwives Association of Washington State
Midwives Alliance of North America
North American Registry of Midwives
American College of Nurse Midwives
What is wrong with the in-hospital birth system, and what are the effects of those problems?