It is a core belief at The Birth Center that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy events in the life of a family. We treat families with respect and acknowledge them as capable of making choices that fit their values, beliefs, and lifestyles. Although birth experiences vary as much as the babies that are born here, there is a common thread that most women have--personalized, professional care. We think it makes for a nice way for a family to be born.
Right now there is a five-day-old gorgeous creature sleeping
serenely on the couch. I’ve also got a 2 ½ year old
napping in her toddler bed and a 4 ½ year old up to
something suspiciously quiet in the playroom: all of them
bright and beautiful girls with eyes of the sea. Let’s
not forget the happy husband home from work hanging about as
well. Our house is not always this peaceful. The decibel
level jumps up exponentially when everyone is awake and
playing, fighting, singing, dancing, screaming, etc. But
it’s always this blessed. It’s hard to even begin to
describe how blessed we are to have Sylvia join our crazy
home. She has been a part of it already, of course, since we
first found out of her existence about 9 months ago. We’ve
been watching her grow, feeling her kicks, talking all about
her and preparing a place for her. My belly has received
lots and lots of kisses from her daddy and...
I did a lot of research on where to have our baby before Tim
& I got pregnant. I wanted to give birth at home because the
hospital setting made me feel pressured to do what they
wanted, but what I wanted was a medication-free pregnancy
and delivery. I knew I would have to defend my choices when
they differed from hospital routine. I wanted Emily’s
birth to be about our new family and not a medical
procedure. Tim needed a professional setting because we did
not know what to expect and the risk involved in home birth
made him uncomfortable. After touring 4 hospitals and
meeting with The Birth Center’s RN, Janet, we decided The
Birth Center was the perfect middle ground for us. As soon
as we got pregnant we called The Birth Center for an
appointment and Janet to take the Bradley method childbirth
classes she taught.
I love my midwife, Ruth. We spent at least 30 minutes with
her each appointment so...
Ori Rose, 6lbs 8oz, 20 inches long
It would figure that after a super easy and almost problem
free pregnancy, that labor wouldn’t be be a walk in the
park for me. Besides some exhaustion in the first trimester,
I was symptom free and my awesome little bump started
growing from week 16, much to my amazement and excitement!
At 31 weeks pregnant, my husband and I moved back to the
U.S. after living in Israel, so my care with Ruth and the
Birth Center started only in my 3rd trimester. I felt
immediately welcomed and comfortable with the center and the
staff and was so excited to finally meet my baby girl. I had
done so much research on “natural” birth (all birth is
natural, right?) while seeing a traditional gynecologist in
Israel, so I was so happy to finally be with the people, and
in the place, where my birth dreams would come true.
My doctor in Israel gave me a...
a couple days old
On July 3rd our lives forever changed, we were expecting.
From the beginning I knew I wanted an un-medicated birth
and not in a hospital. After discussing this with my OBGYN
she informed me of the Bradley Method. It was a 12 week
course that focused on preparing your mind and body for
natural child birth through relaxation. It was through
Janet, the instructor, that I became familiar with The Birth
Center. Switching my care over to Ruth at The Birth Center
was one of the best decisions I had made. Immediately
Jason and I fell in love with the staff and facility and I
knew this would be the place I would have my daughter.On
Monday February 27th is when I started noticing changes in
the way my body felt. I began to have sporadic cramping
and contractions simultaneously. By the next day they had
passed. I felt more energetic and active.
one month old
Knowing the birth...
The birth story of my third baby really begins with the
birth of his older sister and brother. Pregnancy and birth
is an amazing and beautiful time, a natural part of the
cycle of life. Women were designed to carry babies in the
womb, nourish them, and birth them. It is natural, it is
normal, and it is not a medical phenomenon to be
“treated”. Before I was even pregnant with my first
born, I knew I wanted to bring my baby into I knew I
wanted to bring my baby into this world with as little
intervention as possible…but what exactly did that mean?
I would soon find out just how challenging a “natural
and normal” birth experience could be without the
supportive like-minded environment that every woman and baby
My first born, beautiful little girl was born in Southern
California with an OBGYN, a hospital, a nurse pit crew,
Pitocin, and a whole lot of unnecessary angst. I didn’t
fully realize the power of...
Zen Andrei Lavrov
It had taken us a while to become pregnant; so when we were
finally expecting, I knew I wanted a positive birthing
experience. Like many other expectant couples, we had
watched some documentaries about birth in the United States.
We quickly realized we did not want a conventional hospital
birth where our voices and wishes might go unheard. However,
we were also not prepared to have our first baby at home.
Thankfully, we learned of Ruth and The Birth Center.
Our prenatal care at the Birth Center began at 12 weeks. I
could tell early on that my care would be different from the
care my pregnant friends were receiving. The staff was
always friendly and supportive, and I was able to work with
Ruth from the beginning until the birth. The trust we had in
her and her staff grew during each visit and we were
confident that this was the team to help us achieve the
birth we had been...
Holly Miller and family after birth at the Sacramento Brrth
Center Our experience at *The Birth Center* was AMAZING!
With this being our third and last child we wanted to try an
“alternative” birthing process. Being referred to The
Birth Center by a friend was a Godsend.
My labor began at home around 2:00am on October 18, 2011. I
was able to stay at home for the first part of my labor
until 5:00am. When my husband, 11 year old daughter, 9
year old son and I arrived at The Birth Center I was at 9
centimeters. That was when the contractions became more
intense. My husband was right there so I could squeeze his
hands through each one. What worked best for me was standing
and breathing through my contractions. I personally
couldn’t find any other comfortable position even though
the staff offered many with multiple devices. It was very
peaceful at The Birth Center with minimal noise and dim
lights. Ruth, Jen and Christa...
Melissa and Gardner with new baby Everett born at the
Sacramento Birth Center I started seeing Ruth at the Birth
Center for care during the 20th week of my 2nd pregnancy. I
was excited to be preparing for an out of hospital birth,
but I had concerns as well. Ruth put my fears at ease right
away, and through all my prenatal appointments helped me to
mentally prepare for a great birth experience.
I had been having braxton-hicks contractions off and on for
weeks. A few days after my due date on the evening of June
11th, I began having noticeable contractions. A couple hours
in I started timing them and realized they were consistently
8 minutes apart. I had a snack and watched TV on the birth
ball for a few hours then went to bed. I was able to sleep,
but awoke at 5 AM to a popping noise. I had a good suspicion
that my water had broke. Almost immediately my...
Lindsey & Dan after natural birth at the Sacramento Birth
Center Tuesday morning we thought she was coming. She did
not. (Turned out to be Braxton Hicks contractions, very
regular for several hours.) Wednesday Dan went back to work
while I wallowed on the couch all day and Evelyn watched
movies and had several potty accidents (she’s potty
trained for the most part, but still needs mommy’s help).
It was not my finest hour. So by Thursday morning, as I sat
around waiting for everyone else to wake up (not getting
much sleep at this point in my pregnancy), I convinced
myself that it would be a bad idea for me to be left alone
with Evelyn. I did not feel capable of giving her or myself
proper care, physically and emotionally. So as soon as
Dan’s alarm went off, I went to his side and asked if he
would go in an hour or two late and help me get to my