Buffalo Birth Locations

Good Morning All! Today I’m going to be talking about the birth spaces in the Buffalo area, where I’m currently living. I think that it’s really important to know all of your options before you decide where you’re going to give birth and recently I was taken on a tour and given all of the insider details on each space in Buffalo. If you’re not from the area you can still use this post as a comparison to your local birth spaces or just skip this post ūüôā I hope you enjoy!

**All of these point of views are based on what was said by a doula that mainly works with a midwife and works towards mother friendly based care**

Hospitals

Mercy >¬†Women & Children’s > Sister’s of Charity >¬†Millard Fillmore Suburban

Mercy Hospital – Catholic Health

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Address:
565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone: (716) 826-7000
Website: http://www.chsbuffalo.org/Facilities/Hospitals/MercyHospitalofBuffalo

 

Mercy Hospital has Midwives and they deliver about 2,400 babies a year. There are nine midwives that are on about 12 hour shifts, you’ll meet four of them during your prenatal visits. There is also normally a laborist (a person where there only job is to catch babies) on the floor that also works in 12 hour shifts. There is an over seeing OB/GYN that can provide the surgical aspects if needed.

Parking is difficult in the parking garage so the doula recommended getting the valet, especially if you’re a mama in labor. The valet is open 24/7 and only costs $10. Labor, Delivery, and Recovery are all on the 4th floor.

There are six rooms in the L&D area and all of them have showers with most having tubs. You can’t deliver in the tub but laboring in the tub is a major plus! You can have intermitted monitoring and a generally great natural labor and birth. There are some very medical midwives that work there but they are in the hospital with an OB overseeing all of their decisions so it’s to be expected.

Something to note: you are not allowed to leave the hospital with your baby until they receive¬†Erythromycin drops and a Vitamin K shot. Technically your baby doesn’t belong to you until you’re out of the hospital so they will call CPS and the hospital lawyers. If you don’t have an issue with your baby getting your these things you shouldn’t have an issue.

Postpartum Wise Mercy is pretty good. If you’re getting your placenta encapsulated they will give you the placenta right away versus you having to wait 24 hours or different amount of time. They also have nine lactation consultants that work 12 hour shifts, meaning that with your 24 hour mandatory stay you should be able to meet with one. Mercy is also a Milk Bank collection location and are working on policies to be able to give to the NICU babies. Lastly they promote skin to skin and kangaroo care as long as the mother and baby are candidates. Food wise there’s Subway {3rd floor} and Tim Horton’s {1st floor}, as well as the cafeteria.

Women and Children’s Hospital

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Address:
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7000
Website: http://www.kaleidahealth.org/childrens

 

“Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.”

Children’s is a teaching hospital: meaning there will be residents that will be working with you and other student-esque people who may be in the room while you’re delivering. You are allowed to ask for any of the extras to leave or not even enter your room at any time. You can even put it in your birth plan if you’d like.

When you drive up go in through the valet/ garage area, the doors will be on the left. Your partner or doula should go and get a wheelchair to come and get you (the laboring mama). Valet parking isn’t operating 24/7 so it all depends on whatever time you head in whether or not you can use the service. The parking garage is on the other side of the hospital, just keep going through the valet area to Hodge Road. After walking straight through the doors you’ll have to register with security {signing your life away saying you don’t have Ebola} and then go up to the 3rd floor to register with L&D. There are 11 rooms available to deliver in.

The L&D nurses will normally allow up to two people in the room with the laboring mama. Ask your care provider to eat and drink while in labor, but it is unusual if they let you – sneak in the bathroom. There aren’t any showers or tubs in L&D, in recovery there are communal showers. Mobile monitoring allowances is mediocre and only two of the OBs will allow different delivering positions. There are also laborists like at Mercy.

The NICU and C-sections are on the same floor and the family can say no to nursery time because they are promoting rooming-in. They will also consider a lotus birth if you talk with your OB beforehand. From 10pm to about 6am the back doors (the closest to the parking garage) are locked and you have to go in through the emergency doors. Lastly the L&D&R nurses stations should have the local restaurant  menus.

Sister’s of Charity

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Address
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 862-1000
Website: http://www.chsbuffalo.org/Facilities/Hospitals/SistersofCharityHospital

“Sisters of Charity Hospital is Buffalo‚Äôs first hospital, with a tradition of superior care dating back to 1848. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, illustrating that we meet the highest quality and safety standards in our field.”

Step One: Valet is open 6am to 8pm for $5. Labor and Delivery is located on the first floor but the front door is only open during “business hours” {we guessed till 8pm and opening up again around 6/7am}. If you’re coming in during the night you have to go into the emergency room doors that are around back, there’s a little bit of parking back there.

When you get into registration there are 1-3 triage rooms and 7 delivery rooms. There are showers in each room, there aren’t any midwives except one that doesn’t really do a whole lot as far as improving the experience goes. Some of the rooms way in the back they will allow you to bring in pools to labor in (they have put them in the other room’s bathrooms before but it is super tight). You can have intermittent monitoring with the right OB. You’re only allowed two people at a time in the laboring room. Also depending on your OB they will allow snacking and drinking but they must give orders beforehand. Lastly, they are great at letting your placenta go for encapsulation.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

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Address:
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 568-3600
Website: http://www.kaleidahealth.org/suburban/

“Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital is a full service, 265-bed acute care teaching hospital and a part of Kaleida Health, Western New York‚Äôs largest healthcare provider Located in Amherst, one of Western New York‚Äôs fastest growing, and safest suburbs, the facility is proud to serve those residing in the local community and nearby areas.”

During the day you and yours can enter through the main doors and after 8:30pm till 6am you should enter through the emergency side doors. The doula tour guide said that the security guards can be testy especially during the night. All of the maternal-newborn care facilities are on the second floor and there are nine birthing rooms. This is the only hospital that doesn’t charge for parking.

They are promoting rooming-in but they’re getting push back from families having their second plus child. The reason why they seem to be getting this push back is because it’s a new policy/ concept in the birth world and they families are wondering why it is different from their births before. Suburban is also delaying first baths for 8-24 hours or the family can choose to not bath or light bathing. They have showers in all the rooms and will allow different positions during labor as long as OB is ok with it. They also will allow intermittent or wireless monitoring, as well as snacking/ drinking as long as the OB approves.

A fun fact to consider is that the Labor and Delivery area is always locked down. You have to get buzzed in (most of the hospitals are like this) but they give the laboring family 4 orange sticker passes for the partner and three more people. I would recommend giving one to your doula (if you have one) so that they don’t have to fight their way in. During delivery they let in one person and sometimes another stay with the mother.

Another fun fact is that the Hospital is seeing the importance of supporting women postpartum. They are beginning something called Project 62 to create groups for women to join and be supported by others. Within this project, the hospital has become a Postpartum Resource Center of NY which is fantastic and I believe anyone can join no matter if they give birth at their hospital.

Midwife Based Care

Birthing Center of Buffalo

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Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 835-2510 or toll free 1-855-883-MAMA
Fax: (716) 835-2654
Email: info@birthingcenterofbuffalo.com
Website: www.birthingcenterofbuffalo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/birthingcenterbuffalo

 

“Are you are a healthy person with a low-risk pregnancy? Do you want to minimize unnecessary intervention? Do you believe that pregnancy and birth can be empowering experiences? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Birthing Center of Buffalo may be the right choice for you!

As a freestanding birth center, we offer comprehensive certified midwifery and OB care, giving you the freedom to create a meaningful, unmedicated birth experience. We believe you are the person best suited to make decisions about your own body.

The Birthing Center will provide intensive prenatal care and thorough education to prepare you and your families for healthy pregnancy, labor, birth, breast-feeding, and parenthood.¬†The best maternity care¬†enables you to enter motherhood feeling competent and proud.”

Let’s talk parking! The birthing center is across from the Tri-Main Building. There’s a parking lot in the back of the building for about ten cars or so, there’s more parking behind the tri-main building. You will have to show ID during the day to get buzzed in. There are two birth rooms with continuous hot water and tubs that can hold two people. You are legally allowed to give birth in the tub. There are private bathrooms and showers with both rooms as well. For extra family there’s a waiting room and a family specific room where they can cook food and hang out.

You only have 24 hours in the birthing center to labor and birth before they have to legally transfer you to the hospital, which is why you should labor at home for as long as you feel comfortable. This needing to stay at home for as long as possible is also why the birth center requires each family to hire a doula. This is also the location that is the more popular with Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) because most hospitals in the area won’t allow them.

One important note is that some insurances won’t cover certain birth locations, the birth center may be one of them for your insurance. The weird part is that the insurance will cover the use of a midwife for prenatal visits. To sum this up you could be fully covered or partially covered for prenatal visits. You’d have to pay out of pocket for having a birth at the birth center which would cost about $4200, and they are very willing to work with you on a paying schedule.

Postpartum wise a new mama will normally stay about three hours, legally they can stay up to 12 hours for medical reasons. The midwife can provide stitches for any tears. Before they let the new mama leave she has to pee, eat, and breastfeed on both sides.

Now many people worry about needing hospital grade medical attention and not being about to get it ‘on-time’. The Hospitals Sister’s and Children’s are within 10 minutes of the birth center and the midwives know what to watch for and when to call. If a cesarean section is needed the midwife will know the warning signs/ symptoms and won’t delay transferring when needed. After the baby is born and everyone is waiting on the placenta the midwives are starting to do things to get your body to birth the placenta for up to an hour, then they will transfer you. If there’s an issue with the baby then they will call Children’s Hospital to send their NICU Ambulance team that’s been specifically for newborns having problems.

Eileen Stewart, CNM the Home Birth Midwife

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Address:
289 Summer St.
Buffalo, NY ‚Äā14222-2113
Phone: 716-885-2229
Fax: 716-464-3361

 

“Midwifery practice as conducted by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) is the independent management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The CNM and CM practice within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, or referral, as indicated by the health status of the client. CNMs and CMs practice in accord with the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).”

What Eileen does is attend home births, either at your home or her own. She has the first two floors dedicated as birth spaces for mamas that would like to use her services. I just want to say on a personal note: This house is Gorgeous! It’s like one of those old southern homes where there are a plethora of rooms that are all connected with a huge staircase in the foyer.

Anyways there’s a tub that you can labor in and a birth pool that you can birth in. There’s a beautiful garden in the back that you can labor in, and there’s also a cat that seems to predict when a mama is going to give birth. Summer street is free parking during the day and then you have to move to one of the other side streets- Eileen’s husband will do this for you. He also will cook your postpartum meal if you ask/ book him.

Eileen practices the centering model of care (the birth center is the only other place) and has expecting parents meet together with other expecting parents of the same month. She does this so they can make connections, relieve fears, and really prepare for birth and postpartum. Postpartum wise you have to breastfeed, pee, and eat before you can leave for home, or she leaves you at your home. Transfer wise the same applies as from the birth center and she is very consensus of medical needing of transferring.

 

Alrighty that’s the basic breakdown of the buffalo area birthing spaces. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Until next time –

Megan

 

 

 

 

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