How Things Work at Goshen Birth Center
Your birth. Your way. Here's how.
Making The Decision
Deciding where you want to have your baby and who will provide your care is an important decision. We want to help you in your decision-making process. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, a birth center representative will be glad to assist. Contact Goshen Birth Center by completing the Contact Information form or by calling 574-971-4840 during business hours. You many also schedule an interview appointment with a certified nurse-midwife to learn more about their practice and the midwifery model of care. There is a nominal fee for the interview appointment and the amount is applied to your bill if you decide to receive care with us. You may also attend one of our Orientation Classes by calling Goshen Birth Center and reserving a space. Download a PDF of the current Class Schedule here:
After you decide to have your baby at Goshen Birth Center, the next step is to begin your prenatal care with one of our certified-nurse midwives who practice with the Fairhaven OB/GYN practice group. (The office is on the same campus.) Plan to schedule an appointment when you are between eight and twelve weeks pregnant. However, feel free to make the appointment sooner if you experience difficulties or have questions. Call 574-533-0348 or 1-866-778-9882 and select the appointment desk option. Tell the scheduler that you want an appointment with a certified nurse-midwife. You may also use the patient portal on the Fairhaven OB/GYN web site to make your appointment.
When you begin your prenatal care, your certified nurse-midwife will do a thorough assessment of your health status, your plans for your baby’s birth, and answer your questions. Based on this information, she will determine whether or not you are low risk and can birth your baby safely at our facility. You must be healthy and without medical conditions or previous pregnancy issues that would place you in a category that would not be appropriate for a birth center birth. This includes having a previous C-Section.
Those desiring to transfer care from another health care provider should contact a birth center representative for assistance. Transfers must meet birth center criteria and requirements.
Preparation for Birth
To optimize your birth experience in our birth center, it is extremely important to be an active participant in your care. You are encouraged to learn all you can about the birth process and how to care for yourself and baby. We will provide a list of books and other resources and you may borrow books and videos from our birth center lending library. Another part of your preparation is attending the required orientation and prenatal classes. The class series is designed so you will complete classes prior to 37 weeks when you become eligible to birth at the birth center. Your nurse-midwife will discuss the class schedule with you and assure your registration for the appropriate classes.
For your convenience, download our PDF: Items to Bring for Your Labor & Birth. It includes items for mom, dad, new baby and other children (if present at the Birth Center), and more!
Care After Discharge
Mother and baby are able to go home four to six hours after the birth. Two checks are done in your home by a registered nurse. Both mother and baby are assessed to assure that normal adjustments, including breast feeding, are occurring and to provide appropriate teaching and support. The first check is done within the first 24 hours and the second check on day two. The baby's records are sent to the baby's health care provider for continuity of care. Our nurse-midwives are on call 24/7 to respond to your questions or concerns. Then, at six weeks after the baby's birth, a post-partum check will be done in the Fairhaven office by your nurse-midwife.
Care After Discharge for Those That Live Farther than 30 Miles from the Birth Center
If you live between 30-50 miles of the birth center, both checks will be done in your home for a nominal fee (fee is based on $1 for every mile the nurse drives to complete your visit). If you live more than 50 miles from Goshen Birth Center we are not able to check you in your home. You must stay in the Goshen area for the first 24 hours. This allows us to provide the first check and assure that mother and baby are doing well before you travel back home. For the second check, you can stay locally and the check will be done where you are staying or you can choose to return to the birth center to be checked. There are many fine hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area to choose from.
"The midwives were amazing. I can not think of anything that could've made the birth of our first child more special. We were very satisfied with our experience. My husband and I were able to hold our child and take our time the whole day being a family and at hospitals I know families don't always get that. Our day was perfect."
-- Carrie and Joe- First Baby