Birthing Center of Buffalo

Buffalo-Birthing-Center-Buffalo-NY-1As early as February, expectant mothers will have another option before them that will give them the ability to attend a free-standing birthing center. Billed as the first of its kind in Buffalo, and the second in NY State, Birthing Center of Buffalo (located in the same office as Buffalo Womenservices, 2500 Main Street) is completely unique in that it will be the only combination birth center and abortion clinic in the country.

Over the years BRO has followed the pursuits of Eileen Stewart (Certified Nurse Midwife), as she has explored opportune ways for women to receive the most advanced and most natural birthing processes, whether at home or in the hospital. The culmination of her life’s work has always been to open a center that would be the best of all worlds when it comes to the birthing process.

Along with Dr. Katharine Morrison, MD, FACOG (board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and owner of Buffalo Womenservices) and Terri Fregoe, Executive Director of Buffalo Womenservices, the three are setting out to offer women and their families “high touch, low-tech” care in a setting unparalleled in the industry.  “There is a huge demand right now for Buffalo-Birthing-Center-Buffalo-NY-3alternative birth options in Buffalo,” said Sally Heron, Services Coordinator at the center. “And we thrilled to be able to meet that need.”

Judging from the images of the center that she passed along, one thing is for certain – a visit to the Birthing Center of Buffalo looks to be a lot more comfortable than a typical hospital stay – almost like a B&B for birthing, along with over 50 years of experience from one of the most qualified teams in the field.

In order to get a better idea of the center, as an alternative to a hospital, I asked Sally to answer a few questions that came to mind when considering this newest option for birthing.

What are the top three advantages of a free standing birthing center, over being part of a hospital?

1. Better outcomes for mom and baby. Compared to hospitals, Birthing Centers have lower c-section rates, lower rates of interventions overall including the use of inductions, episiotomies, and forceps and vacuum deliveries. We also have much higher rates of breastfeeding and parent satisfaction. One study showed that 98.8% of women who birthed at a birth center would recommend it to their friends or return for another birth. Free-standing birth centers have been proved to be as safe – if not safer – than hospitals.

1-Buffalo-Birthing-Center-Buffalo-NY-12. We offer women real options. In our Birthing Center, women are able to labor and birth in our jacuzzi or large shower. During labor, our patients are able to eat and drink. As we don’t use epidurals or continuous electronic fetal monitoring, our patients are free to labor and birth in whatever positions feel comfortable to them. Movement is encouraged! The numerous restrictions that traditional hospitals insist on are designed to make the hospital staff comfortable, regardless of the mother’s desires. Here, our emphasis is solely on supporting our patients!

3. We see birth as an empowering experience. Traditional maternity care sees pregnancy and birth as dangerous conditions to be “managed”. We see birth as a normal experience, yet also one that can be incredibly transformative and empowering when the mother and her partner are safe, supported, and well-prepared. Our patients attend comprehensive childbirth education classes, receive breastfeeding education and support, and have the opportunity to connect with other women at similar points in their pregnancies. All of our patients must have a doula, a non-medical person trained in labor support.

Do you accept all of the regular forms of insurance? Are the costs the same?

Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for an out of hospital birth. Our Center is for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies. If people have questions about eligibility, they may contact us for more information.

Insurance is a very complicated issue! Although birthing center costs are far below those for hospital birth (and, again, with fantastic outcomes), insurance companies are so far refusing to pay the “facility fee” to the birthing center. We think it’s really unfortunate that WNY insurance companies are limiting their customers’ options.

When do you anticipate opening?

We are currently in the process of passing NYS DOH inspection. It is possible that we may open our doors even before February. People have been working to open a birth center in WNY for the past 30 years – we are so close to making it a reality!

Birthing Center of Buffalo
2500 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
ph: (716) 835-2510
fax: (716) 835-2654
www.birthingcenterofbuffalo.com

 

 

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30 comments
shnazz79
shnazz79

I'm sorry, but there is a very good reason NOONE else in the country has an abortion clinic under the same roof as a birthing center! Pro choice or not ...how completely moronic to be proud of this!

JSmith11
JSmith11

For everyone kvetching about the fact that Buffalo Womenservices provides abortion services in the same building as the new birth center, consider that Dr. Morrison was the ONLY Ob/Gyn in Western New York willing to step forward in support of a birth center or home birth. Ask why none of the many pro-life obstetricians in the area are willing to support birthing alternatives that have demonstrably better outcomes for mothers and babies.


People have been trying to start up a birth center in Buffalo for many years, and always ran into the enormous obstacle of being unable to find a sponsoring obstetrician. Regardless of one's personal feelings about abortion, the fact is that Dr. Morrison was the only doctor in the region to have the courage to buck the ACOG party line and support women who want a potentially safer and more fulfilling birth experience.

meatyochre
meatyochre

ah yeah,,old fart ward,,and having a baby in a hospital complete with MRSA, a morgue and serious contagions is umm,,,quite exciting! 

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

A birth center and an abortion clinic in the same office sounds kind of creepy.  Actually the more I think about it, creepy is too nice, it's disgusting.  

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

Buffalo is waaaay behind the rest of the country when it comes to birthing centers.  Nice to finally see one opening up to give mothers some other options other than a hospital or home birth.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Hmm.  Bringin' them in and takin' them out, all under one roof. 

LouisTully
LouisTully

@JSmith11Right.  That's where the focus should have been and why there was no purpose in mentioning the other service and clouding the topic at hand.

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@JSmith11Many of Buffalo's MDs and OBGYNs are way too conservative about childbirth in general, and seem to think a hospital birth is best even though recent evidence shows a higher risk of complication for low risk births.  Low risk births can easily be performed in a birthing center or at home.  I *believe* there is also a small birthing center-type service on Summer St, but I am not entirely sure.

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

@Medea 

And that is your response to a birth in a hospital?   Idiot.  

Meande
Meande

I am nearly positive you are not a woman, so what business is it of yours? It makes perfect sense to me that a place called women's services provides just that, services for women. I wish men would quietly take there place outside while women sit at the table debating choice. You can't bear children, you can't have abortions, your opinions are downright boring.

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

@Cam33r4 

Sorry if this sounds sarcastic, but you don't seem like a person who has spent a lot of time in birthing centers to have such an objective opinion.  You seem rather young by your photo.

JSmith11
JSmith11

There is a reasonable argument that many people would prefer to know about it right up front, rather than find out after they've already become a client. For some people, the entire idea is a deal-breaker, and the sooner the air is cleared about that the better.

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

@Cam33r4

Maybe they are conservative, but they are also experienced and quite knowledgeable about the procedures. What about complications?  Are these clinics prepared to handle every situation or do they call Rural Metro at the first sign of trouble.  Then who is liable.  

Meande
Meande

I have no idea how my username was attached to that comment. I certainly didn't write it. It's not even clever.

LouisTully
LouisTully

@MeandeOh, Jesus.  BRO, props on supporting a local endeavor.  But, really, I'm just surprised it took this long to get into the muck.  Maybe everyone was politely steering away.  Though, my comment has garnered nothing for the entire day.

My response would be that it's published on a public domain for public commentary; that's what business it is of his. And I'd argue if I'm a participant in the act of conception I have as much of a right to a seat at the table of debate.  And it's their, not there, dear.

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@OldFirstWard@Cam33r4 I'd hardly call it a millennial thing, and for that matter, I like how you are jumping down my throat and saying that I think I'm the smartest person.  You seem to just be bitter that other people younger than you have more knowledge on a subject.  You don't know anything about me (nor childbirth at this rate), but hey, keep having a delusional perception of myself and young people if that helps you sleep at night!  Seriously, I may be young, but the you're the one that needs to grow up.

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

@Cam33r4

Typical millennial.  You think you know everything and are the smartest person in the room, at 22 years old.  You are still heavily entrenched in the assumption stage of your life.  

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@OldFirstWard@Cam33r4Birthing centers are designed for low risk births.  If the mother has a high risk potential of complications (breech position, eclampsia, etc), then the birthing center will not allow her to give birth in the center.  That being said, not every birth is high risk and not every birth requires hospital, so this provides an option for women.  In fact, a  vast majority of births and deliveries are without complication.  The way you're talking, it seems you're even against home birth.  Since you and I are not women, we cannot attest to this, but I think that any woman would probably much rather deliver a baby in a home or small clinic setting rather than huge, disease-ridden hospital (but again, neither of us can say for sure).

Also, do you think the birthing centers are run by neanderthals?  It's like you're implying that the midwives, nurses, and OB/GYNs affiliated with a birthing center are somehow less than experienced or capable of delivering newborns which is downright insulting, ignorant, and incorrect.

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@LouisTully @Cam33r4 @Meande You are certainly coming off the type of person who gets involved.  Birthing Centers aren't abortion clinics, so I think you are overlooking the other parts of the center, which provide expectant mothers with a calm, low-stress child birthing option.

I think BRO had every right to post about this, despite the controversies.  One could say the same about the posts regarding Buffalo's LGBT community, and how months ago, Babeville was listed in a gay article about being the top place to marry in NYS.  That's also controversial to some, however it shows growth and positive changes in the area, so why hide it.  As I mentioned, a birthing center is an awesome thing to have in the area, because the rest of country is always way ahead of us

LouisTully
LouisTully

@Cam33r4@LouisTully@MeandeRight.  So it had nothing to do with one of the most controversial topics in our society and warranted no mention to detract from a controversial-less topic.

I really am not the type to get involved in this issue. That's the honest truth.  I have my opinions; however my greater opinion is this nation should focus on the important things that can be changed like education and poverty.

LouisTully
LouisTully

@MeandeSeems like you're more concerned with victories than I am.  No idea an article talking about abortion would involve snarky, comment wars?  Do you own a television or read the newspaper?  Cheers to a fun Friday night.

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@LouisTully @Meande BRO didn't make it political... you and OldFirstWard did.  The article is completely subjective and is explaining how a new service is being brought to Buffalo, which deserves an article because it is the first of its kind in the area and it's in the city.

Meande
Meande

It's true. I did only just start an account tonight. I have a professional job, I am a wife and a mother, and I would normally be asleep right now, but I guess I have a bit of insomnia this Friday night. I saw a comment, and thought "Get your comment section out of my womb!" I had no idea I would be thrusted into the underbelly of comment wars.

Seeing as though I have a full life as previously mentioned, I think I will just bow out of this, and declare you victorious in this battle of snarky comments! Congratulations! It must feel good, you have put a lot of time on this website honing your craft.

But in recapping our match, I totally said you didn't have enough sex first. And it was funny. And you just said it back. Which was less funny.

LouisTully
LouisTully

@MeandeWhatever gets you through your day.  I like the approach we had in the military to social functions: politics and religion aren't discussed.  That's why I'm confused BRO chose to drop such a controversial topic into a post about something not at all controversial. 
I have a daughter, so it happened at least once.  Sorry to disappoint you.  Maybe you'd be a happier person if you participated more often yourself.  A little less bra-burning, perhaps.


Edit: Glad we could get you into the BRO discussion arena.  Seeing that you created an account just to comment. Be sure to check out some of the other articles on the great, less polarizing things happening around town.


Go Bills.

Meande
Meande

Oh, I see what you did there, using my grammatical error to showcase your superiority... Given your smug attitude I doubt you get to "participate in the act of conception" often.

Back to the point, conception and childbirth are obviously two different things. I know it is just some men's nature to own everything, but you can't have this. You don't have the goods.

But, I like the way you came to Oldfirstward's defense. It's very, "I can pick on him, but no one else can."

LouisTully
LouisTully

Frankly, though the address sounded familiar, simply omitting mention of abortion - and focusing on the service being described - probably would have been the safest approach.  I'm a little surprised there hasn't been more comments. 

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

@OldFirstWard So I actually probably have a lot better understanding of childbirth and birthing centers than you do.

And I'm 22, for the record.

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