Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if giving birth at The Birthing Inn is the right choice for me?

Giving birth can be one of the most exciting and overwhelming experiences of a woman’s life. The Birthing Inn offers a free open house on the first Wednesday of each month, and we’re always happy to schedule a personal tour consultation to help you understand the different types of prenatal care and delivery options. This information is designed for parents who are in the pre-pregnancy planning stage, their first trimester of pregnancy, or for those who might be interested in changing providers at any time during pregnancy up to the given due date.

Even if you’ve already started planning for a hospital birth, you can always change your plans if your family decides that a birth center might be a better fit for you and the birth experience you want for yourself and your family. Please call 253-761-8939 and we can help you with any concerns or questions you might have.

I want to give birth at TBI. What do I do next?

Visit our Providers page for more information about the midwives who have facility privileges at The Birthing Inn.

Is The Birthing Inn and Pearl Place Women’s Care the same facility? Can I birth at TBI if I am being seen by Pearl Place Women’s Care?

No. Only these Midwives have privileges to use The Birthing Inn and are able to offer this location to their clients.

What happens if there is another mom in labor at the same time as me?

There is always room at The Inn!  Just like a hospital, TBI never turns a laboring woman away. However, each midwife has her own practice, and her business has limits on how many babies she can catch in any given month. It’s best to establish care with a midwife as early in your pregnancy as possible to ensure midwife availability.

I’ve previously given birth by Caesarean section. Does The Birthing Inn attend VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean) births?

Unfortunately, no. The department of health and state law prohibit VBAC’s in free-standing birth centers.

Do I need to take a Childbirth Education Class in order to give birth at TBI?

The Birthing Inn believes in good childbirth education but does not require it. TBI does offer a range of premiere childbirth classes. You may choose to take as many or as little as you’d like. We believe all parents have the right to choose the type of childbirth education (if any) they prefer.  Please be sure to ask your individual midwife about her own childbirth education requirements.

Do I have to give birth at TBI to take classes there?

No. TBI’s classes are available to any mom, no matter where she chooses to give birth.

Why is there a reservation fee at the time of registration?

The reservation fee secures a qualified secondary individual to help your midwife at the time of your birth. This not only keeps TBI in compliance with the law, but it ensures additional safety for both mother and baby. Moreover, due to low insurance reimbursement, this fee helps keep TBI’s doors open.

Why am I billed for both use of The Birthing Inn and my midwife’s services?

There is a common misconception that midwives are employed by the birth center. In fact, our midwives work directly for the clients that hire them to provide midwifery care and are not paid by The Birthing Inn. Clients must register at TBI and pay TBI separately from their midwife. Each Affiliated Midwife listed has what are called “privileges” at The Birthing Inn. This means that each midwife offers TBI as a birth location to her clients.

This billing structure is not unlike that of a hospital birth. If a baby is born at the hospital, a woman will receive a bill from her OB/GYN for maternity care. Additionally, she will receive a bill from the hospital for use of the facility during her birth. Please see Give Birth at TBI for more information.

What is your cancellation policy for classes?

Cancellation Policy for Classes

In order to keep our prices as low as possible for everyone, we have established the following cancellation policy.

For Mothers-to-Be
There is a 7 day grace period during which you may cancel your registration and request a refund. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. If your registration fee is $25 or less, the class is non-refundable. Cancellations will not be accepted after 7 days.

Exceptions for Mothers If your baby arrives before your class does (we know that babies sometimes don’t want to wait for mom to take a class!), we will refund the cost of your class minus the $25 cancellation fee.

For Professional Classes
There is a 7 day grace period during which you may cancel your registration and request a refund. A $100 cancellation fee will apply. Cancellations will not be accepted after 7 days.

I’m thinking about transferring care so I can give birth at TBI. How do I do that?

It’s as easy as one, two, three!

1. Contact one of the affiliated midwives to see if they have room in their schedule or contact us for help finding one.
2. Make a Meet and Greet appointment with your selected midwife.
3. Gather your prenatal records for the midwife to review.
4. Requirements: If you are transferring in the 3rd trimester, a gestational diabetes screen/test must have been performed, as well as a 3rd trimester ultrasound. If you prefer, you may have your selected TBI affiliated midwife order one. The ultrasound is to ensure your baby is safe to be born outside the hospital.

That’s it! As you can see, it’s pretty painless. Transferring care is a decision many women make late in their pregnancies.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have more questions or need further clarification.

Visit our Midwives page for more information about the midwives who have facility privileges at The Birthing Inn.