Did you know our area has several options when it comes to where you can give birth? We’re pretty lucky! And many of the options now have standard procedures such as immediate skin to skin, delayed cord clamping, and delayed first bath. All facilities even have yoga/birth balls and peanut balls. For Tricare members (military), you can choose to birth at Womack or switch to Tricare standard and be seen off post. The process is simple, but there might be a waiting period–of up to a year–for some dependents, depending on the sponsor’s rank, before you can switch back to prime so be sure to ask about this if you switch.
If you’re interested in placenta encapsulation, all of these options are supportive of releasing placentas so you should have no issues.
In no particular order….
- Womack: Available to military families and one of the busiest military L&D units. L&D has birth balls, peanut balls, and showers. After birth, if there are no complications, standard procedure is to place baby immediately skin to skin for up to an hour. Delayed cord clamping is also an option. And Womack is supportive of placenta encapsulation if that is something you wish to do. OBs and midwives are available.
- Cape Fear Valley: Our local civilian option. Yoga balls and peanut balls are available. There are several clinics you can be seen at that deliver at CFV. Shop around for a provider (OB or midwife) who meets your needs and is supportive of what you want your birth to look like. There is a baby nursery on-site.
- Moore Regional: Located in Pinehurst, it is a great option for both civilian and military families. It is a nice facility, and their labor rooms do have showers/tubs but they do not allow water births. There are no midwives available at this facility and you’ll pick from Pinehurst Surgical or Southern Pines Woman’s Health for a provider.
- Central Carolina Hospital: This smaller hospital is located in Sanford and has standard procedures similar to Womack–delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin, delayed bath, and releasing the placenta for encapsulation. The main office for providers (both OB and midwives) is Carolina Women’s (also located in Sanford, right across the street from the hospital). The midwives are very natural-minded. Baths and shower available and water birth is an option for low-risk clients.
- Baby+Co: Baby+Company is located in Cary (across from WakeMed) and it is a fully equipped free standing birth center. This is a great option for low-risk clients who do not want the option for medication. Midwives at Baby+Co are supportive and naturally minded. Nitrous oxide, shower and a spacious tubs are available as a comfort measure tools. Many clients remain on site for only a couple of hours before being released. Baby+Co is a happy medium between a hospital birth and a home birth.
- Home Birth: The Fayetteville area has a couple of options for home birth. Midwifery Services has an office in Fayetteville on Hope Mills Rd, where prenatal appointments are held. Carrboro Midwifery is located outside of Chapel Hill, NC. All prenatal visits are in the client’s home and the provider has a service area of 1-hour travel time for clients. Home births are for the low-risk client. There are some out-of-pocket expenses attached to a home birth.
The Fayetteville Doulas have attended births at all of these facilities. If you’d like more information about our experiences at any of these facilities, please contact us to set up a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to discuss your options with you and guide you through the process of finding a facility and provider that best meets your needs.