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.
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.
Unfortunately, no. The department of health and state law prohibit VBAC's in free-standing birth centers.
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.
No. TBI’s classes are available to any mom, no matter where she chooses to give birth.
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.
Here 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.
Cancellation Policy for Classes
In order to keep our prices as low as possible for everyone, we have established the following cancellation policy.
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.
It’s as easy as one, two, three!
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.