In 1999 the midwives and doctors of WomanCare Centers and DePaul Medical Center opened The Midwifery Center at DePaul for families who were seeking a safe and satisfying birth center experience. The Midwifery Center at DePaul serves low risk women and their families who are seeking an unmedicated birth in an environment designed to serve them.
We offer an Open House every month in The Midwifery Center. If you want to know more about The Midwifery Center and about an unmedicated birth or midwifery care in your pregnancy, you are invited to come hear us speak and answer your questions.
If you are interested having your prenatal care and birth in the Midwifery Center, please let us know when you call to make your first obstetric appointment at WomanCare Centers and make plans to attend our informational Open House with your support person.
If this is what you seek, please call us at (757) 451-0929. Our spaces fill quickly.
Open House is held the First Tuesday of every month at 6 pm** in The Center for Birth, 3rd floor of DePaul Medical Center, 150 Kingsley Lane, Norfolk
- You are welcome to Open House any time! You do not need to wait until after your first appointment. We welcome families still in the pregnancy planning stages.
- We ask that you arrive early for a seat. We close the doors once we begin so families will not miss important information. Please plan for traffic!
- In the interest of maintaining a learning environment, please do not bring children to this event.
- ** Dates are subject to change in the event of holidays, maintenance or weather occurrences. Follow the Midwifery Center at DePaul on Facebook and Instagram.
- The families who will birth with us must attend an Open House before 16 weeks. We believe that preparation for birth begins in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. Please plan to attend prior to 16 weeks. If you have attended Open House before, you do not need to attend again. You are welcome to come again but we do not require that you attend more than once.
We welcome you! Our space is limited so call us early. Our gynecology clients (yes! midwives do gynecology) and previous Midwifery Center clients will have first priority. Call us today.
We do accept transfers early in pregnancy in any remaining spots. Please contact us for availability. The Midwifery Center is for low risk women. If you have risk factors that can not be cared for in The Midwifery Center, our midwives can care for you in our practice in the office of Womancare Centers at 100 Kingsley Lane. We want to give you the level of care you need for the safest pregnancy and birth.
Well, this is a good question because sometimes that is what they hear from friends but not quite what they want.
We are interested in customizing our care to suit your needs and support the philosophy of care as outlined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The Midwifery Center environment is not for everyone. Maybe you are planning to have an epidural (or at least want to keep your options open) – whatever your reason – the midwives provide holistic, compassionate care no matter the setting. We will gladly see you for appointments in our main office at 100 Kingsley Lane and attend your birth in The Center for Birth in labor & delivery at DePaul Medical Center.
Should you have a need that cannot be met or you choose not to participate in the requirements of the Midwifery Center at DePaul, you can opt for any other type of care offered by the adept providers at WomanCare Centers:
- traditional care - a combination of providers with midwife-attended birth
- midwifery care - only see the midwives with midwife-attended birth
- CenteringPregnancy® - our group prenatal care format with midwife-attended birth
- physician-only - only see the doctors with doctor-attended birth
We are happy to offer you midwifery center-style care in the Center for Birth; customized care that may include low-intervention, dim lighting, intermittent monitoring, clear liquid oral hydration, freedom of movement, hydrotherapy (shower), delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby followed by the Magic Hour - time reserved for just you and your baby to promote bonding and breastfeeding.
The Midwifery Center is one option. Choose what you prefer!
Pregnancy and birth are unpredictable which is why we make backup plans for our backup plans! Care from the midwives is supported by our physicians at WomanCare Centers who participate in regular review of every client. Should concerns arise during your pregnancy or labor, we consult and coordinate care with our physicians and adjust the plan according to your needs or the needs of your baby. The beauty of having an in-hospital birth center is that if no intervention is needed, we offer none; but if anything is needed, everything is available!
Whatever you choose, the Midwives at WomanCare Centers would be honored to partner with you during this very special time for your family.