What is Lovers Lane Birth Center?
Lovers Lane Birth Center is a midwifery practice offering home and birth center births and well woman gynecological care attended by certified nurse midwives Dinah Waranch, Emily Sloan, and Sarah Toler. The center is also used for childbirth classes and events related to natural childbirth and parenting. Sonograms at Lovers Lane Birth Center are offered by Jeff Moody at Moody Diagnostics
Who uses the services of Lovers Lane Birth Center?
Healthy women who are free of major medical or obstetric complications and who are seeking an active role in their pregnancy and birth with minimal intervention.
What happens at prenatal visits?
Prenatal visits are as long as you need them (up to 2 hours for the first visit) and as frequent as you need them; we’re happy to see you as early in your pregnancy as you would like. We measure and palpating physical changes and helping you to prepare confidently for the life changes which a new baby brings.
Many of our clients opt for minimal lab work but some also choose to do additional testing. Some prefer to have no sonograms unless there is a clear medical indication for it, while others find sonograms very reassuring. We can help you to decide what’s right for you. Your freedom extends beyond the birth. It begins with your choices throughout your prenatal care and continues through a detailed birth plan that you design.
We discuss with you ways to enhance your health. This will include in depth discussions about your diet. We will also talk about any supplements that you may be taking as well as possible ideas for alternatives based on your needs. We are comfortable with alternative therapies and many of our clients find herbal or homeopathic medicines useful. Many clients find chiropractic care helpful during pregnancy and we can refer you to providers. Occasionally prescription medicine is called for and we can prescribe that for you as needed.
Where can I learn more about natural childbirth?
Books are available for loan and you are encouraged to use whatever method works best for you to educate yourself, whether it’s classes, websites, books and videos, or journaling and dream analysis. We recommend Marianne Evans and Hannah Poole, our excellent childbirth educators who offer a compact but complete class series at an affordable price. Some clients choose Bradley classes or hypnotherapy. We will help you to find what’s right for you. Addressing your confidence level and ensuring that you are ready to give birth naturally are priorities in prenatal care.
What happens during birth?
When the time comes for your baby’s birth, we will help you to labor and birth in positions which both enhance the process and your comfort. More than half of our clients opt for water birth which is a particularly gentle alternative. We try to be present throughout our clients’ active labors, bringing in a second midwife to assist us as the birth draws closer. There are no rules or agendas at Lovers Lane Birth Center. If you tear a little during birth, we can suture you. If you bleed more than is expected, we have medications available to treat that and if your baby needs a little help getting going with breathing, of course we have resuscitation equipment available at every birth. Some women want to be surrounded by family members during the birth, possibly including older children. Others prefer to make it a very intimate time for the parents of the baby only. Those things should be your choice.
What happens after the birth?
There is no rush to cut the umbilical cord, and the baby stays where she belongs, skin to skin with her mother. Gradually, she makes her gentle entrance into the world, begins to breastfeed and integrates into her family. When everybody is ready, the expanded family goes home. This is usually about 3 hours after the birth. A midwife comes to your house two to three days after the birth to check up on you. She will make sure that breastfeeding is going well and help you if you are having difficulties. She will make sure that you’re adjusting to being a new mother and that you are well cared for. She will take blood for the newborn screening at that time and repeat it at an office visit 2 weeks after the birth. Six to eight weeks after the birth we have a final visit which may include a complete physical, contraception and pap smear.
Is non-hospital birth really safe?
Midwifery care is simple, low tech care. By avoiding interventions in the natural course of labor and birth, midwifery clients avoid the risks that those interventions may bring. The safety record for out-of-hospital midwifery care is excellent. This has been demonstrated in numerous research studies and by the great statistics not only of our practice but of home birth and birth center practices across America. We monitor our clients closely. We know them well. And when there are any concerns, we do not hesitate to call one of the obstetric physicians with whom we have a relationship. In a large metropolitan area such as DFW, medical care is always only a few minutes away if needed.
What percentage of women are transported to the hospital in labor?
About 10 percent of clients have to transfer to medical care during labor. We always accompany transfer clients to the hospital, coordinate continuity of care with the hospital staff and provide support.
What percentage of Lovers Lane Birth Center clients have cesarean sections?
Between 2 & 8 percent annually.
What does it cost?
The fees are about one third of typical physician and hospital charges and are covered by most insurers.
What insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most insurance plans including the following:
- United Healthcare (UHC), GEHA, UMR
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- Cigna and Aetna (out of network)
- Medcaid (AMERIGROUP plan only, except NO CHIP or PERINATE)
- We have affordable cash options with convenient payment plans.
How do I become a client?
Call 214-366-3579 or email us to set up a tour to see the birth center and meet Dinah!