3.27.2013

Birth Centers

Birth Centers are a lovely option for families who:
  • would like the 'sense of safety' of a hospital birth, but the 'sense of home' of a homebirth
  • mom and partner cannot agree on home or hospital for birth
  • live in an apartment or with other people whom mom doesn't want to hear/know about her birth preferences
  • would like the 'ease' of the midwives equipment being already set up and available, the birth pool already installed and set up, and who don't mind driving to another location
  • live far from a hospital and want to be a little closer to their 'backup plan' should a hospital become necessary
  • would like to have a low-intervention, unmedicated birth
  • would like to go home soon after birth - most birth centers have a 12 hour observation after birth, rather than the 2-3 days of a hospital birth
Luckily, Houston is home to 8 great birth centers!! And I wanted to share a list of Houston area Birth Centers with you, in case you are looking into this option:



West Houston Birth Center
11321 Richmond Ave m100 
Houston, TX 77082
Tel. 713-548-3161
Website: http://www.westhoustonbirthcenter.com/
Contact: Holly Shearman, CPM, Director

The Birthing Place
2218 Barbee St 
Houston, TX 77004
Tel. 713-MIDWIFE
Website: http://thebirthingplace.com/Welcome.php
Contact: Afua Hassan, CPM, Director

Bay Area Birth Center
3210 Strawberry Road
Pasadena, TX 77504
Tel. 713-472-5525
Website: http://www.houstonbirthcenter.com
Contact: Jackie Griggs, CNM, Director


Katy Birth Center
1002 Avenue A
Katy, TX 77494
Tel. 281-395-6652
Website: http://www.babiesareblessings.com
Contact: Connie Blokkum, Clinical Director/ Owner


Nativiti Women's Health & Birth Center

26614 Oakridge Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Tel. 281-296-2333
Website: www.nativiti.com
Contact: Melanie Dossey, Director/Owner


North Houston Birth Center
7007 N. Freeway #435
Houston, TX 77076
Tel. 713-699-4211
Website: http://www.nhbirth.com
Contact: Kathleen Vande Giessen, CNM


Reunion Women's Health & Birth Center

201 Kingwood Medical Drive # B 300
Kingwood, TX 77339
Tel. 281-359-2229
Website: www.reunionmidwives.com
Contact: Janet Little, Midwife/Owner


Rite of Passage Women's Health & Birth Center

2206 E Broadway, Ste E
Pearland, TX 77581
Tel. 281-485-2886
Website: www.pearlandbirthcenter.com
Contact: Bernadette Olivier, Director/Owner
For more information, see the wonderful Mothering Magazine article on Birth Center Pros and Cons.

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