Last week I had the chance to tour the new Birth Center and it is stunning! Located at 6 Westport Court in Bloomington, the old preschool building has transformed. You are greeted with a bright and open living room with lots of seating. The double sided fireplace opens to the dinning area and fully equipped kitchen which is stocked with snacks for laboring moms and dads. While the Birth Center may look like a renovated home from Fixer Upper, the care available for pregnant women is a great option for Central Illinois. For those on the fence about delivering at home or unhappy with the medicalization of birth in a hospital, the Birth Center offers a homey environment with care overseen by Certified Nurse Midwives.
There are three labor rooms, each with its own theme. The minimal medical equipment needed is out of sight which gives the facility a cozy feel. Each room has its own built-in birth tub and large walk-in shower. That is right, you can labor and deliver in the water if you choose!
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the new space, even if you're not expecting! A large conference room will be used for prenatal education as well as community members and the midwives on staff offer well women care in the exam rooms. New patient consults, childbirth education, family groups and prenatal care will start this summer!
As a birth photographer, I can't wait to serve growing families in the new facility! As a mother, I may need to reconsider giving birth again! What do you think? Share your comments and questions about the new Birth Center below.