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Sacred Birth Place (Oakland, CA)
I'm interested in hearing any experiences you've had with Sacred Birth Place, or if there's some other nearby birth center I've missed (I know about Sage Femme, but don't feel it's the right place for me). I see older reviews on yelp and even on here, but I'm looking for more current experiences; particularly as their website seems to be under construction. Thanks! L
I'm also convinced that Selena saved me from having a c- section, had I been in a hospital. Because of a previous surgery on my cervix which left some scar tissue, I never fully dilated to 10cm. I reached 9cm and was unable to resist the urge to push any longer. Selena told me to listen to my body, and helped my husband catch my daughter. I didn't have any tearing or need any type of interventions to help me push.
The only part of my experience with SBC that I wasn't completely happy with was how soon I was allowed to go home. My daughter was born at 8:30am and we brought her home at 4pm. I didn't feel ready to be home alone with her and her latch-on wasn't fully established. When I later mentioned this to Selena, she said that I stayed longer than most women after birth, but she apologized for not catching the problems we had nursing. She was able to help my daughter and I learn to nurse without much trouble when she came to my home the next morning. Happy SBC mom
~At the initial prenatal appointment, one of my midwives (I was assigned two) took TWO AND A HALF HOURS to get to know me and my husband, our relevant medical histories and answer all our questions.
~The midwives are extremely knowledgeable, nurturing and non-judgmental. They supported me completely in my wish to have a natural, medication-free birth.
~In the earlier weeks, I had a prenatal appointment every two weeks (later on it's every week). We had the option of attending group prenatal classes before each appointment.
~The birth center is located in a cozy and clean house. The main birth suite is warm and inviting and has many tools to assist in labor, including a beautiful labor and birthing tub, a sling from which to hang, various birthing stools, a comfy bed and exercise ball.
~After my baby was born, my midwife came to my house on days 2, 4, 6 and 8 to check on me and my baby and answer questions (SO helpful during the recovery phase). I also went to the birth center at weeks 2 and 4 for the rest of my post-natal appointments. There may have been more, but I can't remember!
~I was also also assigned a doula, who gave pre and post-natal support and support during my labor and birth.
I encourage you to take a tour of the center and come prepared with your list of questions for the midwives. Please feel free to contact me; I have a lot more to say about my experience! Anne
I am new to the area and am hoping to have my birth in a Birthing Center in the East Bay. The only one I am finding in my research is the Sacred Birth Place. Has anyone given birth there? Feedback? Or other good options for the next best thing to a home birth? Lara
hey all, there's so much info on various homebirth options and midwives in the BPN archives... but barely a word on the Sacred Birth Center in Oakland. anyone had any experiences, good, bad or neutral, with the facilities and the midwives there? thank you for the help. claire
I am new to the Bay area and am having a hard time finding a birthing center near a local hospital. I am interested in a natural birth with a midwife, ideally in water. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you
Selena Green is the head midwife/co-owner. i'm due at the end of february and she is my midwife. though we're having a homebirth, we liked having the option of birth center and proximity to hospital. All of our prenatals & childbirth preparation classes are at the birth center which has a great comfortable environment. The birth suite has a jacuzzi tub, outdoor seating, cozy electric fireplace and queen-sized bed. SBP has on-site prenatal massage & reiki. Selena herself is wonderful! have a blessed birth! lpn
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