Austin Area Birthing Center

★★★★★
  • 4100 Duval Rd Ste 2-101

    Austin, TX 78759

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  • 512-346-3224

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Our experience at AABC South was phenomenal! We began our pregnancy at an OB/GYN and were not receiving the quality of care we felt we deserved. We wanted a natural birth experience, so upon many recommendations decided to go with the AABC. The second we walked into AABC we felt at home. The staff is so friendly and they did everything they could to make sure that we received the best care possible. We never felt rushed during our prenatal appointments - each midwife took as much time as we needed and made sure all of our questions were answered and that we were always at ease. The classes offered are also top notch and super informative: Centering, breast feeding, cloth diapering, prenatal yoga. Our Centering class gave us the opportunity to build a community among other expecting couples and prepared us for what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and caring for our baby.
Our birth experience was better than we could have hoped for. Michelle and Cat took such good care of us - always anticipating our needs and making us feel comfortable and totally at ease. Our family and friends were incredibly impressed with the facility as well.
AABC also offers excellent postnatal care. All of the support they offer (home visit, postnatal checkups for baby and mom) helped us to transition into this new phase in our life.
We wholeheartedly recommend AABC for anyone who wants a birth experience surrounded by staff who support and care for you.

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Our experience at AABC South was phenomenal! We began our pregnancy at an OB/GYN and were not receiving the quality of care we felt we deserved. We wanted a natural birth experience, so upon many recommendations decided to go with the AABC. The second we walked into AABC we felt at home. The staff is so friendly and they did everything they could to make sure that we received the best care possible. We never felt rushed during our prenatal appointments - each midwife took as much time as we needed and made sure all of our questions were answered and that we were always at ease. The classes offered are also top notch and super informative: Centering, breast feeding, cloth diapering, prenatal yoga. Our Centering class gave us the opportunity to build a community among other expecting couples and prepared us for what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and caring for our baby.
Our birth experience was better than we could have hoped for. Michelle and Cat took such good care of us - always anticipating our needs and making us feel comfortable and totally at ease. Our family and friends were incredibly impressed with the facility as well.
AABC also offers excellent postnatal care. All of the support they offer (home visit, postnatal checkups for baby and mom) helped us to transition into this new phase in our life.
We wholeheartedly recommend AABC for anyone who wants a birth experience surrounded by staff who support and care for you.

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Wow, what an amazing place to have a baby. When I first toured I loved the idea of my own room and bathroom and the privacy of it all. I also wanted a birth where I didn't feel rushed or on a (dr's) time schedule. Many friends I have said at the hospital they felt rushed or not in control of their own plans for the baby. Plus, I felt at the birth center that if I absolutely had to have a c-section that I would trust the midwives opinion on that versus a hospital where they are done so frequently and not always necessary.
The North Austin Area Birthing Center has such a wonderful staff (Everyone I met was Great) just to mention a few Megan and Tamara always had smiles on their faces and happy to help with paperwork even took care of the insurance information when it got confusing. Viola was great with the labs and blood work and worked to get them back quickly. The midwives are truly amazing here and very knowledgeable about Everything. You get to meet all of them since you don't know who will be on-call when you go into labor. They all are different in many ways but each have their own unique style of care. Sasha and Michelle J. did an amazing job during our centering classes in giving new mothers important and vital information for pregnancy, labor and the baby. Samantha helped me feel good about my diet and made sure I was getting things the baby needed early on. She also helped calm my fears and worries a couple of times just with her responses and attitude. Roswitha helped me understand what I was going through at certain times of the pregnancy and also at 42 weeks helped prompt me naturally into getting the labor started. I called one night real late in another city after the baby was born and Jennifer helped me get help for a possible infection in the breast so we could take care of it right away. Michelle G. helped me breathe during my labor and the contractions which saved me immensely. And finally the midwife who helped bring my baby into the world was Charlotte and even though I had a hard pregnancy she helped me cope and make it through. After the birth she noticed I was losing a lot of blood she found a spot on my cervix that was bleeding and she sat for 30 minutes holding on to it until it clotted. I doubt in a hospital they would have done the same and they probably would have given me extra blood - which would have freaked me out. But here it was a more natural approach and she just wanted me to make sure I got some blood/iron building foods afterwards to help build up my supply. She even called me after the birth to make sure I was doing ok. Cat took care of me after the baby arrived and checked on me all through the night making sure my body started the healing process and helping me recover.
Then after the birth they send someone out to check on you at your home. Julie came to check on me right after and at my 2 week appt Rene was able to help me get the correct latch with my baby and was patient enough to make sure it happened. I even called her later with questions and she sensed I was frustrated and upset and took the time to come out and help me.
I felt I was in good hands the entire time with this amazing team of ladies. I would recommend the AABC to my friends for sure!
Cheryl G.

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Wow, what an amazing place to have a baby. When I first toured I loved the idea of my own room and bathroom and the privacy of it all. I also wanted a birth where I didn't feel rushed or on a (dr's) time schedule. Many friends I have said at the hospital they felt rushed or not in control of their own plans for the baby. Plus, I felt at the birth center that if I absolutely had to have a c-section that I would trust the midwives opinion on that versus a hospital where they are done so frequently and not always necessary.
The North Austin Area Birthing Center has such a wonderful staff (Everyone I met was Great) just to mention a few Megan and Tamara always had smiles on their faces and happy to help with paperwork even took care of the insurance information when it got confusing. Viola was great with the labs and blood work and worked to get them back quickly. The midwives are truly amazing here and very knowledgeable about Everything. You get to meet all of them since you don't know who will be on-call when you go into labor. They all are different in many ways but each have their own unique style of care. Sasha and Michelle J. did an amazing job during our centering classes in giving new mothers important and vital information for pregnancy, labor and the baby. Samantha helped me feel good about my diet and made sure I was getting things the baby needed early on. She also helped calm my fears and worries a couple of times just with her responses and attitude. Roswitha helped me understand what I was going through at certain times of the pregnancy and also at 42 weeks helped prompt me naturally into getting the labor started. I called one night real late in another city after the baby was born and Jennifer helped me get help for a possible infection in the breast so we could take care of it right away. Michelle G. helped me breathe during my labor and the contractions which saved me immensely. And finally the midwife who helped bring my baby into the world was Charlotte and even though I had a hard pregnancy she helped me cope and make it through. After the birth she noticed I was losing a lot of blood she found a spot on my cervix that was bleeding and she sat for 30 minutes holding on to it until it clotted. I doubt in a hospital they would have done the same and they probably would have given me extra blood - which would have freaked me out. But here it was a more natural approach and she just wanted me to make sure I got some blood/iron building foods afterwards to help build up my supply. She even called me after the birth to make sure I was doing ok. Cat took care of me after the baby arrived and checked on me all through the night making sure my body started the healing process and helping me recover.
Then after the birth they send someone out to check on you at your home. Julie came to check on me right after and at my 2 week appt Rene was able to help me get the correct latch with my baby and was patient enough to make sure it happened. I even called her later with questions and she sensed I was frustrated and upset and took the time to come out and help me.
I felt I was in good hands the entire time with this amazing team of ladies. I would recommend the AABC to my friends for sure!
Cheryl G.

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South - The birth of our son was completed at AABC South Specifically due to the great work and experience of the midwife and assistant staff. Our son was born after 42 hours labor do to R.O.P. position! 3 shifts of staff assisted us with

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South - The birth of our son was completed at AABC South Specifically due to the great work and experience of the midwife and assistant staff. Our son was born after 42 hours labor do to R.O.P. position! 3 shifts of staff assisted us with

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I have only the best to say about the people that work at the AABC south location. They took me in at 34 weeks pregnant. I wanted a Vbac and my obgyn was already suggesting to induce. I didnt have a good axperience with the nurse i had helping me with my first son at St. Davids. I remember vividly being checked by this nurse and her being so rough with me. I told her that it hurt whatever she was doing and she proceeded to ask me wether my husband ever touched me! I was so beside myself I thought this was normal treatment until later meeting my other nurse who was super sweet.
I didnt want to risk having no control of who I was going to have helping me this time around. At AABC they have 4 midwives which are all awesome people. you get to meet them all. When I met Vicky though my heart told me she was going be the one delivering my baby. I decided to go here because I wanted the best chances for a my Vbac. Less medical intervention I thought the better the chance. I had my girl Feb 2 2011. In the middle of the cold weather and power outtages! when I got there i was already feeling pushy. The midwife and staff got there as soon as they could. Once inside it took me 40 min to push my girl out. I had the midwife and two assitants helping out. I was never left alone, they were holding me and guiding me through.

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I have only the best to say about the people that work at the AABC south location. They took me in at 34 weeks pregnant. I wanted a Vbac and my obgyn was already suggesting to induce. I didnt have a good axperience with the nurse i had helping me with my first son at St. Davids. I remember vividly being checked by this nurse and her being so rough with me. I told her that it hurt whatever she was doing and she proceeded to ask me wether my husband ever touched me! I was so beside myself I thought this was normal treatment until later meeting my other nurse who was super sweet.
I didnt want to risk having no control of who I was going to have helping me this time around. At AABC they have 4 midwives which are all awesome people. you get to meet them all. When I met Vicky though my heart told me she was going be the one delivering my baby. I decided to go here because I wanted the best chances for a my Vbac. Less medical intervention I thought the better the chance. I had my girl Feb 2 2011. In the middle of the cold weather and power outtages! when I got there i was already feeling pushy. The midwife and staff got there as soon as they could. Once inside it took me 40 min to push my girl out. I had the midwife and two assitants helping out. I was never left alone, they were holding me and guiding me through.

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I am so happy I found Austin Area Birthing Center! I didn't want to deliver in a hospital at all. I transfered to them from a doctor in Round Rock. I had no problems transferring and the staff welcomed me with open arm. I was having problems with my insurance and payments and they worked with me with no hesitation. Once all the staff was on the same page with my income situation they were happy to help me out. It feels very family oriented. My husband loves it also. He was actually the one who found AABC for me!

The first time I had an ultrasound it seemed a little rushed and uncomfortable but my second ultrasound was GREAT! I can't wait until I deliver my baby here and update my review. The atmosphere is very calm and welcoming. I just couldn't wait until I gave birth to give a review. I would recommend ever pregnant woman I saw to come here! I will be back to update after my baby is born! I can't wait to meet the rest of the staff!

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I am so happy I found Austin Area Birthing Center! I didn't want to deliver in a hospital at all. I transfered to them from a doctor in Round Rock. I had no problems transferring and the staff welcomed me with open arm. I was having problems with my insurance and payments and they worked with me with no hesitation. Once all the staff was on the same page with my income situation they were happy to help me out. It feels very family oriented. My husband loves it also. He was actually the one who found AABC for me!

The first time I had an ultrasound it seemed a little rushed and uncomfortable but my second ultrasound was GREAT! I can't wait until I deliver my baby here and update my review. The atmosphere is very calm and welcoming. I just couldn't wait until I gave birth to give a review. I would recommend ever pregnant woman I saw to come here! I will be back to update after my baby is born! I can't wait to meet the rest of the staff!

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I am so grateful that the Austin Area Birthing Center is available in Austin. My friend moved to them at 34 weeks after a harrowing tour of the hospital where she supposed to deliver. She recommended the birthing center to me when I became pregnant, and I am so glad for it. The experience was as good as birth can be, and the prenatal care is stupendous. They give you the time to talk about anything - aches and pains as well as emotional frustrations!

I went to a baby shower a couple of weeks ago, and all the other mothers were talking about how hectic their hospital births were - being wheeled here and there, having to be perfectly still for the epidural so as not to cause "permanent damage"! I remember reflecting on how calm and peaceful my daughter's birth was at AABC. I had a water birth. They call it the midwife's epidural, and all I can say is that water helps alot!! Very relaxing. When my daughter came out, they put her right to my chest and she just looked around. She never left us, and nursed and then slept on my husband's chest until we went home.

I would recommend AABC to anyone who is pregnant. Natural childbirth was *less* scary than the hospital for me and as smooth as it could be because of the wonderful midwives.

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I am so grateful that the Austin Area Birthing Center is available in Austin. My friend moved to them at 34 weeks after a harrowing tour of the hospital where she supposed to deliver. She recommended the birthing center to me when I became pregnant, and I am so glad for it. The experience was as good as birth can be, and the prenatal care is stupendous. They give you the time to talk about anything - aches and pains as well as emotional frustrations!

I went to a baby shower a couple of weeks ago, and all the other mothers were talking about how hectic their hospital births were - being wheeled here and there, having to be perfectly still for the epidural so as not to cause "permanent damage"! I remember reflecting on how calm and peaceful my daughter's birth was at AABC. I had a water birth. They call it the midwife's epidural, and all I can say is that water helps alot!! Very relaxing. When my daughter came out, they put her right to my chest and she just looked around. She never left us, and nursed and then slept on my husband's chest until we went home.

I would recommend AABC to anyone who is pregnant. Natural childbirth was *less* scary than the hospital for me and as smooth as it could be because of the wonderful midwives.

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When my husband and I first learned that we were pregnant, we were thrilled, but confused. Where would we go? None of our friends had babies, so we couldn't ask them for advice, we were waiting to share the news with our parents so we couldn't turn to them either. Also, I knew that hospitals, doctors and needles were not what I had in mind, so I began researching and I had heard about midviwes, when the Austin Area Birthing Center came up we quickly made an appointment. When we got there, nervous, scared and not knowing what to expect, Kristen was there to greet us. After the tour she sat with us in a birthing room, just talking. My husband and I laughed, cried, and shared our lingering fears, Kristen who had just met us was empathetic and helped us sort out our feelings and was pro-active in helping us create a plan of action. I knew after I left that I felt safe and that they had my best interest in mind. We did all our prenatal care there and 10 days before delivery my belly still hadn't dropped, I was sent in for another sonogram and we learned that baby was breach. The midviwes scheduled an appointment with a doctor partner of theirs and he talked us through our options, which weren't many, wait till labor and see if the baby turns or schedule a c-section. Not the birth plan I envisioned. We did end up having our 1st baby in the hospital but our midwife, Kristen, stayed with us the first full day, I think she's the reason my husband didn't pass out, and how we learned to care for our new baby. Fast forward 3 years later and it was a no brainer, we went back to AABC where the midwives reassured me that it was possible to have a Vaginal Birth After Cesearan (VBAC). I was so worried the whole pregnancy that the same thing would happen again, and all the midwives, Jenny, Joan, Roswitha & Lauren cheered me on and reassured me that we would cross that bridge when we got there, well my due date came and went and I was nervous because I knew I couldn't be induced, I did everything they said, primrose, water, sex, walking, swimming, medicine ball and then 1 week after my due date I knew it was time. It was awesome! I birthed at home with my parents, in-laws, husband and oldest son, when the contractions got closer we called Joan, and she told us to wait a little longer until they were even closer, I told her 'no we are coming now'. She was there to greet us and immediately went through the game plan. She never took over or interfered in our birth, but merely suggested things we could try. A side note on Joan-she was one of two midwives that was there our first pregnancy. As much as I adored the other midwives I was ecstatic that Joan was the one we 'got'. I needed HER there as much as I needed my husband, her patience, insight, love and reassurance, I call her my rock. I was convinced the best option for me was the water, I could float I felt free, and could literally ride the waves. I was able to use aromatherapy, lighting, herbs, and music to make it a more soothing environment. Luckily I only labored 10 hours from beginning to end, and my beautiful little girl was healthy as can be, and she was not ripped from my arms as soon as she came out and placed in a french fry warmer. After she came out I sat with her in the tub in awe, did I really do this I wondered. According to Joan it was the fastest VBAC she had attended. My family is so grateful for this place, we encourage everyone to go. With the right mix of knowledge, love, and encouragement even a VBAC is possible. I would get pregnant just to go back!!

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When my husband and I first learned that we were pregnant, we were thrilled, but confused. Where would we go? None of our friends had babies, so we couldn't ask them for advice, we were waiting to share the news with our parents so we couldn't turn to them either. Also, I knew that hospitals, doctors and needles were not what I had in mind, so I began researching and I had heard about midviwes, when the Austin Area Birthing Center came up we quickly made an appointment. When we got there, nervous, scared and not knowing what to expect, Kristen was there to greet us. After the tour she sat with us in a birthing room, just talking. My husband and I laughed, cried, and shared our lingering fears, Kristen who had just met us was empathetic and helped us sort out our feelings and was pro-active in helping us create a plan of action. I knew after I left that I felt safe and that they had my best interest in mind. We did all our prenatal care there and 10 days before delivery my belly still hadn't dropped, I was sent in for another sonogram and we learned that baby was breach. The midviwes scheduled an appointment with a doctor partner of theirs and he talked us through our options, which weren't many, wait till labor and see if the baby turns or schedule a c-section. Not the birth plan I envisioned. We did end up having our 1st baby in the hospital but our midwife, Kristen, stayed with us the first full day, I think she's the reason my husband didn't pass out, and how we learned to care for our new baby. Fast forward 3 years later and it was a no brainer, we went back to AABC where the midwives reassured me that it was possible to have a Vaginal Birth After Cesearan (VBAC). I was so worried the whole pregnancy that the same thing would happen again, and all the midwives, Jenny, Joan, Roswitha & Lauren cheered me on and reassured me that we would cross that bridge when we got there, well my due date came and went and I was nervous because I knew I couldn't be induced, I did everything they said, primrose, water, sex, walking, swimming, medicine ball and then 1 week after my due date I knew it was time. It was awesome! I birthed at home with my parents, in-laws, husband and oldest son, when the contractions got closer we called Joan, and she told us to wait a little longer until they were even closer, I told her 'no we are coming now'. She was there to greet us and immediately went through the game plan. She never took over or interfered in our birth, but merely suggested things we could try. A side note on Joan-she was one of two midwives that was there our first pregnancy. As much as I adored the other midwives I was ecstatic that Joan was the one we 'got'. I needed HER there as much as I needed my husband, her patience, insight, love and reassurance, I call her my rock. I was convinced the best option for me was the water, I could float I felt free, and could literally ride the waves. I was able to use aromatherapy, lighting, herbs, and music to make it a more soothing environment. Luckily I only labored 10 hours from beginning to end, and my beautiful little girl was healthy as can be, and she was not ripped from my arms as soon as she came out and placed in a french fry warmer. After she came out I sat with her in the tub in awe, did I really do this I wondered. According to Joan it was the fastest VBAC she had attended. My family is so grateful for this place, we encourage everyone to go. With the right mix of knowledge, love, and encouragement even a VBAC is possible. I would get pregnant just to go back!!

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I believe that birth is a natural process and that any woman with confidence and support can give birth beautifully without interventions. I knew I was at the right place at the Austin Area Birthing Center because from day one when my

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I believe that birth is a natural process and that any woman with confidence and support can give birth beautifully without interventions. I knew I was at the right place at the Austin Area Birthing Center because from day one when my

Pros: A knowledgeable caring staff and beautiful setting.

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I gave birth naturally to my first daughter in a hospital, and while that was a rewarding experience, it was too clinical and chaotic and not at all what I wanted to experience while going through birth ?? the most momentous moment of any woman??s life.

I believe that birth is a natural process and that any woman with confidence and support can give birth beautifully without drugs. I knew I was at the right place at the Austin Area Birthing Center because from day one when my husband and I toured the Center, I could tell that the midwives felt the same way I did. I could feel that they were all confident women who knew that the way to birth is with patience, privacy, support and comfort?.not cold rooms, bright lights, shift changes, and threats of induction. I always felt at home throughout each prenatal visit. Each and every midwife listened to every concern I had and never made me feel rushed. And the familiarity I felt with each one was very important. It was nice to know that when I went to deliver, I??d be helped by someone with whom I felt as comfortable as my own sister. My water broke early in the morning and Jennifer was on call. She was calm and easy going. She really set the tone for an anxiety free delivery. She told me to take things easy, walk around, take a shower, do whatever made me feel at ease. When we decided to drive in from Elgin, it was really close to time. She met us at the door and took us back immediately. She quietly prepped the room while I stood in the shower to alleviate the contractions. She suggested the tub, which I accepted in a heartbeat! That was the most wonderful feeling EVER! It took away all the weight I had been carrying and really soothed my back. She sat by patiently and quietly while I went through contractions. She suggested I change positions to help with back labor and with the next contraction she asked if we wanted a water birth! Our baby girl was born two contractions later! It was the most relaxing, stress free and worry free way to give birth! And the post-natal care was beyond compare! Jesse was the sweetest nurse possible. Her kind words and peaceful voice were incredibly soothing, not to mention all the help getting in and out of bed, showering, and getting dressed.

My daughter was born in a warm tub under the guidance of a caring and down-to-earth midwife and my calm supportive husband. Jennifer later told my husband that she thought I could have given birth out in a field on my own?but I would never do that, I??d come to the Austin Area Birthing Center!

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I gave birth naturally to my first daughter in a hospital, and while that was a rewarding experience, it was too clinical and chaotic and not at all what I wanted to experience while going through birth ?? the most momentous moment of any woman??s life.

I believe that birth is a natural process and that any woman with confidence and support can give birth beautifully without drugs. I knew I was at the right place at the Austin Area Birthing Center because from day one when my husband and I toured the Center, I could tell that the midwives felt the same way I did. I could feel that they were all confident women who knew that the way to birth is with patience, privacy, support and comfort?.not cold rooms, bright lights, shift changes, and threats of induction. I always felt at home throughout each prenatal visit. Each and every midwife listened to every concern I had and never made me feel rushed. And the familiarity I felt with each one was very important. It was nice to know that when I went to deliver, I??d be helped by someone with whom I felt as comfortable as my own sister. My water broke early in the morning and Jennifer was on call. She was calm and easy going. She really set the tone for an anxiety free delivery. She told me to take things easy, walk around, take a shower, do whatever made me feel at ease. When we decided to drive in from Elgin, it was really close to time. She met us at the door and took us back immediately. She quietly prepped the room while I stood in the shower to alleviate the contractions. She suggested the tub, which I accepted in a heartbeat! That was the most wonderful feeling EVER! It took away all the weight I had been carrying and really soothed my back. She sat by patiently and quietly while I went through contractions. She suggested I change positions to help with back labor and with the next contraction she asked if we wanted a water birth! Our baby girl was born two contractions later! It was the most relaxing, stress free and worry free way to give birth! And the post-natal care was beyond compare! Jesse was the sweetest nurse possible. Her kind words and peaceful voice were incredibly soothing, not to mention all the help getting in and out of bed, showering, and getting dressed.

My daughter was born in a warm tub under the guidance of a caring and down-to-earth midwife and my calm supportive husband. Jennifer later told my husband that she thought I could have given birth out in a field on my own?but I would never do that, I??d come to the Austin Area Birthing Center!

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My experience at the Austin Area Birthing Center was wonderful made especially so b/c of the fun and loving staff (Tamara and Erin) and very competent and caring midwives (Viola, Joan, Sharon). Esp. mine, Jenny Liana. Jenny has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for 10 years now. When you first meet her she comes off as gruff b/c of her strong northern accent and directness, but once you look into her eyes and work with her you soon find discover that she is a very loving, strong and knowledgeable midwife. The perfect kind: She is loving when you need her to be b/c you??re having a difficult pregnancy or just a rough day and strong and knowledgeable when you need her to be esp. when you are not all there b/c you are the middle of labor?there her strength really shows. I felt completely safe with her there beside me when I went into labor and felt very loved with the nurse intern, Erin. With the help most esp. of Jenny, but also of Erin and my loving and attentive husband Paul we delivered a healthy and strong beautiful little girl. Thank you to everyone at AABC for making it such a wonderful experience and the price was very reasonable. If my husband wanted to have another (we already have one) then we would DEFINITIVELY have the next one at AABC!

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My experience at the Austin Area Birthing Center was wonderful made especially so b/c of the fun and loving staff (Tamara and Erin) and very competent and caring midwives (Viola, Joan, Sharon). Esp. mine, Jenny Liana. Jenny has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for 10 years now. When you first meet her she comes off as gruff b/c of her strong northern accent and directness, but once you look into her eyes and work with her you soon find discover that she is a very loving, strong and knowledgeable midwife. The perfect kind: She is loving when you need her to be b/c you??re having a difficult pregnancy or just a rough day and strong and knowledgeable when you need her to be esp. when you are not all there b/c you are the middle of labor?there her strength really shows. I felt completely safe with her there beside me when I went into labor and felt very loved with the nurse intern, Erin. With the help most esp. of Jenny, but also of Erin and my loving and attentive husband Paul we delivered a healthy and strong beautiful little girl. Thank you to everyone at AABC for making it such a wonderful experience and the price was very reasonable. If my husband wanted to have another (we already have one) then we would DEFINITIVELY have the next one at AABC!

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I moved to Austin at about 27 weeks and after having a very "medical" pregnancy and C-Section with my first pregnancy, wanted a more natural approach with my second. I contacted AABC for a tour and they advised me that the tour may be private or shared and asked if I had a preference - I didn't. The tour went really well and I was very impressed with the whole place! It looks like you're in a beautiful hotel or Bed & Breakfast setting. All the furnishings and fixtures are very high end. More important than the setting is the staff. From the friendly HELLO of Tamara and Erin at the reception desk to each of the lovely midwives... this place is top notch. When you go for your prenatal visits, you rotate with each midwife so that you get to meet each of them. Each of these women bring a different personality to the table and they are all such lovely people. They see pregnant mommies all day long, and yet when you go in for your check ups you feel like they are really there for YOU and answer any questions and concerns. They share in your joy and encourage you through any worry. I brought my two year old daughter with me on each visit and everyone always welcomed her and the midwives were very good about including her in the visits. They explained "checking the heartbeat", "getting mommies bp" ect. There are two types of people - those who want a natural birth experience and those who want a more medical, hospital experience. For me, the natural birth was the way to go. I got to labor how I wanted - sitting, standing, in the shower, in the tub - and I got to labor with who I wanted in the room. I got to hold my baby immediately after being born. And I got to go home several hours later. If you want to be in a hospital for several days, this isn't the place for you! If you want to give birth in a natural state with midwives who really care about you, this is the place - I wouldn't have had it any other way! I will be forever grateful!!

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I moved to Austin at about 27 weeks and after having a very "medical" pregnancy and C-Section with my first pregnancy, wanted a more natural approach with my second. I contacted AABC for a tour and they advised me that the tour may be private or shared and asked if I had a preference - I didn't. The tour went really well and I was very impressed with the whole place! It looks like you're in a beautiful hotel or Bed & Breakfast setting. All the furnishings and fixtures are very high end. More important than the setting is the staff. From the friendly HELLO of Tamara and Erin at the reception desk to each of the lovely midwives... this place is top notch. When you go for your prenatal visits, you rotate with each midwife so that you get to meet each of them. Each of these women bring a different personality to the table and they are all such lovely people. They see pregnant mommies all day long, and yet when you go in for your check ups you feel like they are really there for YOU and answer any questions and concerns. They share in your joy and encourage you through any worry. I brought my two year old daughter with me on each visit and everyone always welcomed her and the midwives were very good about including her in the visits. They explained "checking the heartbeat", "getting mommies bp" ect. There are two types of people - those who want a natural birth experience and those who want a more medical, hospital experience. For me, the natural birth was the way to go. I got to labor how I wanted - sitting, standing, in the shower, in the tub - and I got to labor with who I wanted in the room. I got to hold my baby immediately after being born. And I got to go home several hours later. If you want to be in a hospital for several days, this isn't the place for you! If you want to give birth in a natural state with midwives who really care about you, this is the place - I wouldn't have had it any other way! I will be forever grateful!!

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My wife and I wanted to have an all natural childbirth, with no drugs or any medical interventions of any kind. At 36 weeks we had to a cephalic version done to turn my daughter around (she was breech). A Dr. Mirto did the version. By the way, she seems to be a very understanding and great Doctor.

While we did have to call on some medical interventions to help my wife make it through the event, we still were able to have our daughter berthed at the Austin Area Birthing Center with our midwives. I am personally grateful that the midwives have medical training and can intervene when needed. I am a nursing student and just finished L&D and Post-partum clinical rotation and I have seen the snowball effect that medical interventions can lead to, in childbirth. First the pitocin, to speed up labor; then the epidural to alleviate the unnatural pain the pitocin caused; then the oxygen for the mother because now the baby is stressed from the extreme contractions; and finally the c-section because the baby is getting too stressed. The midwives at AABC are aware of this and I believe that they would not offer interventions unless necessary to promote healthy childbirth.

Elsa went into early labor around 10 pm Monday; we went to the birthing center at 5 am Tuesday. Around midday Tuesday, the baby still had not progressed or descended even though Elsa had been dilating (she had a large amount of water in front of her head). We opted to have the midwife break her waters. This helped, but it still took many hours for her head to mold. Elsa did get one injection of Nubain (pain med) to allow her to be able to moderately rest between contractions in the early evening on Tuesday. This only lasted 3 hours, but it was enough to help her continue her long labor. During the later hours of labor the baby's head completely closed off Elsa's urethra and prevented her from voiding. We had to insert a catheter on 3 occasions to drain Elsa's bladder. Towards the end of her labor, Elsa's ketones spiked and, because she had not eaten very much (despite my efforts to feed her), her energy was waning. We decided some IV fluids were called for. This helped VERY much. Elsa's contractions increased in strength and she started to progress again. When it finally came time to push, I don't think Elsa spent more than 60 minutes pushing. She was a Champion!! I am so proud of her! She never gave up! After approximately 30 hours of labor, my wife berthed to our daughter at 3:33 am on Wednesday May 28, 2008. My daughter tipped the scales at 7 lbs 8.5 oz. She is beautiful!! We are all home recuperating from the event.

The midwife that assisted us all day Tuesday prepared me for the possibility that we may have to be transported to the hospital. It turns out that she believed that our baby's head may have been too big for Elsa's pelvis (this possibly being the reason she was originally breech). After Elsa having to have pain meds, catheters, and IV fluids I was feeling like a failure as a coach. I made the decision that I was going to make sure we did everything possible to fulfill Elsa's desire to have a hospital free birth. In the end, the interventions, Elsa's sheer determination, and the fact that the midwives never gave up on us, made it possible. Once our daughter was born, we realized why Elsa had such a hard time. She was larger than we thought and she had a really large noggin (like her father)!

My wife and I are certain that if we had gone to the hospital for this birth, the doctors would have insisted on a c-section (due to my wife??s difficulties and our daughter being breech for so long), at the very least, they would have started a Pitocin drip that could easily have started the snowball effect.

The midwives at the Austin Area Birthing Center have my undying gratitude!! I would recommend them to anyone who wants a natural childbirth, with the added insurance of having medical staff on hand for the possible emergency, but does not want to be in the hospital. That??s not to say you have to have interventions. On the contrary, the midwives at the birthing center are very natural birth oriented, they never pushed any of the interventions on us, they simply gave us the options. Thankfully they just happen to know what to do if a problem arises. They are all outstanding!

One more thing to add, another writer listed her dissatisfaction about meeting a different midwife at each prenatal visit. This is intentional!! It allows the parents to meet and get to know all the midwives! They work in shifts; as a matter of fact during our 30+-hour stay, 3 different midwives attended to my wife and I. I trusted all of them equally and had the utmost faith in all of them.

If we have another baby in Texas, YOU BET YOUR SWEET PATOOTIE WE WILL RETURN TO THE AUSTIN AREA BIRTHING CENTER!!

Sincerely,
A very happy father and husband

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My wife and I wanted to have an all natural childbirth, with no drugs or any medical interventions of any kind. At 36 weeks we had to a cephalic version done to turn my daughter around (she was breech). A Dr. Mirto did the version. By the way, she seems to be a very understanding and great Doctor.

While we did have to call on some medical interventions to help my wife make it through the event, we still were able to have our daughter berthed at the Austin Area Birthing Center with our midwives. I am personally grateful that the midwives have medical training and can intervene when needed. I am a nursing student and just finished L&D and Post-partum clinical rotation and I have seen the snowball effect that medical interventions can lead to, in childbirth. First the pitocin, to speed up labor; then the epidural to alleviate the unnatural pain the pitocin caused; then the oxygen for the mother because now the baby is stressed from the extreme contractions; and finally the c-section because the baby is getting too stressed. The midwives at AABC are aware of this and I believe that they would not offer interventions unless necessary to promote healthy childbirth.

Elsa went into early labor around 10 pm Monday; we went to the birthing center at 5 am Tuesday. Around midday Tuesday, the baby still had not progressed or descended even though Elsa had been dilating (she had a large amount of water in front of her head). We opted to have the midwife break her waters. This helped, but it still took many hours for her head to mold. Elsa did get one injection of Nubain (pain med) to allow her to be able to moderately rest between contractions in the early evening on Tuesday. This only lasted 3 hours, but it was enough to help her continue her long labor. During the later hours of labor the baby's head completely closed off Elsa's urethra and prevented her from voiding. We had to insert a catheter on 3 occasions to drain Elsa's bladder. Towards the end of her labor, Elsa's ketones spiked and, because she had not eaten very much (despite my efforts to feed her), her energy was waning. We decided some IV fluids were called for. This helped VERY much. Elsa's contractions increased in strength and she started to progress again. When it finally came time to push, I don't think Elsa spent more than 60 minutes pushing. She was a Champion!! I am so proud of her! She never gave up! After approximately 30 hours of labor, my wife berthed to our daughter at 3:33 am on Wednesday May 28, 2008. My daughter tipped the scales at 7 lbs 8.5 oz. She is beautiful!! We are all home recuperating from the event.

The midwife that assisted us all day Tuesday prepared me for the possibility that we may have to be transported to the hospital. It turns out that she believed that our baby's head may have been too big for Elsa's pelvis (this possibly being the reason she was originally breech). After Elsa having to have pain meds, catheters, and IV fluids I was feeling like a failure as a coach. I made the decision that I was going to make sure we did everything possible to fulfill Elsa's desire to have a hospital free birth. In the end, the interventions, Elsa's sheer determination, and the fact that the midwives never gave up on us, made it possible. Once our daughter was born, we realized why Elsa had such a hard time. She was larger than we thought and she had a really large noggin (like her father)!

My wife and I are certain that if we had gone to the hospital for this birth, the doctors would have insisted on a c-section (due to my wife??s difficulties and our daughter being breech for so long), at the very least, they would have started a Pitocin drip that could easily have started the snowball effect.

The midwives at the Austin Area Birthing Center have my undying gratitude!! I would recommend them to anyone who wants a natural childbirth, with the added insurance of having medical staff on hand for the possible emergency, but does not want to be in the hospital. That??s not to say you have to have interventions. On the contrary, the midwives at the birthing center are very natural birth oriented, they never pushed any of the interventions on us, they simply gave us the options. Thankfully they just happen to know what to do if a problem arises. They are all outstanding!

One more thing to add, another writer listed her dissatisfaction about meeting a different midwife at each prenatal visit. This is intentional!! It allows the parents to meet and get to know all the midwives! They work in shifts; as a matter of fact during our 30+-hour stay, 3 different midwives attended to my wife and I. I trusted all of them equally and had the utmost faith in all of them.

If we have another baby in Texas, YOU BET YOUR SWEET PATOOTIE WE WILL RETURN TO THE AUSTIN AREA BIRTHING CENTER!!

Sincerely,
A very happy father and husband

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Childbirth outside the hospital can be safe and joyous. AABC is part of an important movement in this society to eliminate fear and to give birth back to the family. AABC accomplishes this by stressing client education in each prenatal visit and by encouraging couples to realize their own power to create an ideal birth. AABC: Imagine a Beautiful Birth.

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Childbirth outside the hospital can be safe and joyous. AABC is part of an important movement in this society to eliminate fear and to give birth back to the family. AABC accomplishes this by stressing client education in each prenatal visit and by encouraging couples to realize their own power to create an ideal birth. AABC: Imagine a Beautiful Birth.

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I just had my second birthing experience at Austin Area Birthing Center and I just can't say enough about this amazing place. Not only is the physical place beautiful, warm, comfortable and inviting, but the midwives provide top-notch personal prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care. If you desire to have a natural childbirth in a warm, cozy, homey environment surrounded by loving women who encourage you to embrace the natural process of childbirth as something that we as women are created for, I encourage you to check out this wonderful place. The first time that my husband and I visited (he was a total skeptic about the whole natural childbirth process), Jean Stokes (the owner) spent over an hour and 1/2 with us answering all of our questions free of charge. My husband was sold (as was I) and we have gone on to have two amazing birth experiences at both the old and the new birthing center facility. If you are even considering having a natural, unmedicated birth, you should definitely consider checking out this amazing place

5
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I just had my second birthing experience at Austin Area Birthing Center and I just can't say enough about this amazing place. Not only is the physical place beautiful, warm, comfortable and inviting, but the midwives provide top-notch personal prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care. If you desire to have a natural childbirth in a warm, cozy, homey environment surrounded by loving women who encourage you to embrace the natural process of childbirth as something that we as women are created for, I encourage you to check out this wonderful place. The first time that my husband and I visited (he was a total skeptic about the whole natural childbirth process), Jean Stokes (the owner) spent over an hour and 1/2 with us answering all of our questions free of charge. My husband was sold (as was I) and we have gone on to have two amazing birth experiences at both the old and the new birthing center facility. If you are even considering having a natural, unmedicated birth, you should definitely consider checking out this amazing place

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My son was born December 22, 2006 @ 5:13 am at Austin Area Birthing Center. It was the best moment of my life and I owe so much to the midwives and Owner Jean Stokes. I was sick several times throughout my pregnancy and they were always there to care for me. I had to go in many times with no appointment and even after hours. They always took such wonderful care of my baby and myself and never made me feel like they were fitting me in or rushing me out the door. Jean is a very honest and forthright person, whenever we had a question she would be detailed in answering and very animated so you never miss what she is trying to say. She is not pushy though, she gives you honest information and lets you make your own decision as long as it is safe. She was an absolute blessing to us. She even came in on Christmas Eve for our follow up visit herself, I don??t know many owners who would do that! She is completely down to earth and has a great sense of humor too!I cant say enough about the midwives either if you call at 2 or even 4 in the morning (which we did several times)you get a call back right away just as if you had called at 2 in the afternoon. My son was delivered by Joan Smith. She is an angel she was right by my side through it all, feeding me popsicles so I didn??t get dehydrated, rubbing my back, cheering me on and all the while respecting our wishes listed in our birth plan. My son was 8 pounds at birth and now he is 4 months old and weighs 16 and pounds (all breast milk!) some of this credit goes to the birthing center, the postpartum caregivers were great with helping me to breastfeed right away and staying supportive when things got rough. I am so happy the birthing center is available to women who want a natural birth experience in a relaxed atmosphere, it may not be for everyone but I will never go anywhere else!!!!!!

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My son was born December 22, 2006 @ 5:13 am at Austin Area Birthing Center. It was the best moment of my life and I owe so much to the midwives and Owner Jean Stokes. I was sick several times throughout my pregnancy and they were always there to care for me. I had to go in many times with no appointment and even after hours. They always took such wonderful care of my baby and myself and never made me feel like they were fitting me in or rushing me out the door. Jean is a very honest and forthright person, whenever we had a question she would be detailed in answering and very animated so you never miss what she is trying to say. She is not pushy though, she gives you honest information and lets you make your own decision as long as it is safe. She was an absolute blessing to us. She even came in on Christmas Eve for our follow up visit herself, I don??t know many owners who would do that! She is completely down to earth and has a great sense of humor too!I cant say enough about the midwives either if you call at 2 or even 4 in the morning (which we did several times)you get a call back right away just as if you had called at 2 in the afternoon. My son was delivered by Joan Smith. She is an angel she was right by my side through it all, feeding me popsicles so I didn??t get dehydrated, rubbing my back, cheering me on and all the while respecting our wishes listed in our birth plan. My son was 8 pounds at birth and now he is 4 months old and weighs 16 and pounds (all breast milk!) some of this credit goes to the birthing center, the postpartum caregivers were great with helping me to breastfeed right away and staying supportive when things got rough. I am so happy the birthing center is available to women who want a natural birth experience in a relaxed atmosphere, it may not be for everyone but I will never go anywhere else!!!!!!

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I felt compelled to write a review after experiencing two amazing births at the Austin Area Birthing Center. I went into my first birth very scared and unsure as to how this whole process would unfold. Jean Stokes, a midwife and owner of the center, was the midwife on call that day and as it turned out she was the perfect person to deliver my baby. She is very confident and experienced which reassured me that I was in good hands. I was so afraid. Jean encouraged me to listen to my body and allow it to do what it by nature was mean't to do. She guided me through the process giving me suggestions while at the same time allowing me to be intuitive to what I needed. She's an amazing midwife who I am blessed to have delivered my first born. Two years later (exactly 5 weeks ago) I'm back at the same birthing center and had the honor of having Joan Smith, nurse practitioner and midwife, deliver my son...another amazing experience!! I was much more confident this time. Once again I felt like I was in good hands. Joan has years of experience catching babies! She was very nurturing and supportive through the birth. She encouraged me to listen to my body. She was extremely thorough checking my blood pressure and the baby's heartrate many times. I felt very taken care of through out my entire experience with the birthing center both times. I found the facility to be very pleasant and peaceful. It's a wonderful place to bring a baby into this world!!

5
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I felt compelled to write a review after experiencing two amazing births at the Austin Area Birthing Center. I went into my first birth very scared and unsure as to how this whole process would unfold. Jean Stokes, a midwife and owner of the center, was the midwife on call that day and as it turned out she was the perfect person to deliver my baby. She is very confident and experienced which reassured me that I was in good hands. I was so afraid. Jean encouraged me to listen to my body and allow it to do what it by nature was mean't to do. She guided me through the process giving me suggestions while at the same time allowing me to be intuitive to what I needed. She's an amazing midwife who I am blessed to have delivered my first born. Two years later (exactly 5 weeks ago) I'm back at the same birthing center and had the honor of having Joan Smith, nurse practitioner and midwife, deliver my son...another amazing experience!! I was much more confident this time. Once again I felt like I was in good hands. Joan has years of experience catching babies! She was very nurturing and supportive through the birth. She encouraged me to listen to my body. She was extremely thorough checking my blood pressure and the baby's heartrate many times. I felt very taken care of through out my entire experience with the birthing center both times. I found the facility to be very pleasant and peaceful. It's a wonderful place to bring a baby into this world!!

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When I became pregnant, I was very interested in having a natural birth as "birth" is a natural process. My husband and I had the tour of the facility and we received warm welcome by the receptionist, Tamara. Since there were several midwives, we had the opportunity to get to know each one of them for each appointment. Each midwife was very supportive and gave us the sense of security and comfort. They also educated me about the "pleasant pain" during the labor, which helped me to be mentally prepared. Whenever I had questions, they were always available to answer (24 hours and 7 days a week) and which gave me the sense of security. We always felt that we were in good hands and EVERYTHING was going to be just fine. We also felt that we always had their support in my point of view and they made sure that they were giving me options to chose from and I we were comfortable with the choice that we made.Prior to becoming pregnant, I watched many TV programs on baby delivery in a hospital, which made me feel it was more like a surgical procedure. After I pushed my baby out, my baby and I bond in a significant way. My midwife (Roswitha) immediately put my baby on my chest and the baby made his eye contact with me. The baby was also connected to me with a umbilical cord for awhile. Then Roswitha put the baby next to me and he naturally found the breast and began sucking. They didn't take my baby away and let us rest in the birthing room and we came home after 5 hours! The Founder and midwife, Jean, took care of us for the follow up appointment. She helped me with breastfeeding technique and gave me a confidence on nursing. We really miss going to our regular appointment! Thank you for the best pregnancy and natural birth experience!

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When I became pregnant, I was very interested in having a natural birth as "birth" is a natural process. My husband and I had the tour of the facility and we received warm welcome by the receptionist, Tamara. Since there were several midwives, we had the opportunity to get to know each one of them for each appointment. Each midwife was very supportive and gave us the sense of security and comfort. They also educated me about the "pleasant pain" during the labor, which helped me to be mentally prepared. Whenever I had questions, they were always available to answer (24 hours and 7 days a week) and which gave me the sense of security. We always felt that we were in good hands and EVERYTHING was going to be just fine. We also felt that we always had their support in my point of view and they made sure that they were giving me options to chose from and I we were comfortable with the choice that we made.Prior to becoming pregnant, I watched many TV programs on baby delivery in a hospital, which made me feel it was more like a surgical procedure. After I pushed my baby out, my baby and I bond in a significant way. My midwife (Roswitha) immediately put my baby on my chest and the baby made his eye contact with me. The baby was also connected to me with a umbilical cord for awhile. Then Roswitha put the baby next to me and he naturally found the breast and began sucking. They didn't take my baby away and let us rest in the birthing room and we came home after 5 hours! The Founder and midwife, Jean, took care of us for the follow up appointment. She helped me with breastfeeding technique and gave me a confidence on nursing. We really miss going to our regular appointment! Thank you for the best pregnancy and natural birth experience!

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My family was just blessed with our third child and we were just as pleased with Jean and her staff as we were with our two other children's births. From our first meeting with Jean Stokes (owner) six years ago we knew this was the only place for us. She birthed our first daughter and with my two following children I could hear her calm soothing voice in my head even though she wasn't present for there births. Our newest arrival is quite a healthy boy weighing in at 9-12 with a 15 in. head and Roswitha was wonderful as our midwife, just as she was as our after care nurse for our second daughters birth. All of the staff has always been extremely loving and professional at the same time. I would have been pleased with any of the midwifes for our sons birth. You combine that with the quiet serenity found throughout the center and I can't imagine a better place for the miracle of birth.

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My family was just blessed with our third child and we were just as pleased with Jean and her staff as we were with our two other children's births. From our first meeting with Jean Stokes (owner) six years ago we knew this was the only place for us. She birthed our first daughter and with my two following children I could hear her calm soothing voice in my head even though she wasn't present for there births. Our newest arrival is quite a healthy boy weighing in at 9-12 with a 15 in. head and Roswitha was wonderful as our midwife, just as she was as our after care nurse for our second daughters birth. All of the staff has always been extremely loving and professional at the same time. I would have been pleased with any of the midwifes for our sons birth. You combine that with the quiet serenity found throughout the center and I can't imagine a better place for the miracle of birth.

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After having my daughter unmedicated in a hospital in New York State, when I moved to Austin, the first thing that I did was look for a birthing center. I visited the Austin Area Birthing Center for the first time for my annual exam (I wasn't even pregnant yet) and was very impressed with the midwives and the facility. When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to birth there. The prenatal care was excellent and I just loved all of the midwives. I just delivered my son yesterday and had a wonderful experience. We arrived at the birthing center at ~9pm and I was having strong but manageable contractions. I was 5cm dilated and we were given the Winston room. It was so quiet and peaceful, I distinctly remember hearing trains going by every so often, which added to my sense of calm. The midwives, Joan and Jenny, were wonderful. When Joan first saw me, she recommended walking and squatting during the contractions to get the baby into a favorable position. Then she left us alone, which was exactly what we needed. When she came back, she'd suggest another position to get the birth going quickly and comfortably. We were always moving, laying the bed, spending time in the tub, walking around the room, and I was reminded that in the hospital, it was a struggle to get the nurses to let me out of bed and I was so uncomfortable laying down. Just before midnight, my contractions became very strong and I had so much pelvic pressure, I was sure that I was in transition. I was 9 cm dilated and the bag of waters was still intact. We decided to break the bag and my son was born at 12:21. The second phase was difficult, but fast. I experienced some heavy bleeding. The midwives were so professional and attentive. I delivered the placenta shortly after the baby (~10 minutes later) and was given time to bond with my new baby. The most wonderful thing was that my son never left me. I was given almost two hours to hold and nurse him before he was weighed right next to me. We had skin to skin contact all night. At one point, due to the heavy bleeding that I experienced, my blood pressure dropped. My husband got the midwives and they again handled everything professionally and expediently. I was given an IV and within minutes, my blood pressure was recovering. We all went home around 8 hours after the birth and Jenny has called to make sure that things are OK here. I honestly feel that I could not have had a better birthing experience in any other setting and am so happy that I chose to birth at the Austin Area Birthing Center. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a natural childbirth.

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After having my daughter unmedicated in a hospital in New York State, when I moved to Austin, the first thing that I did was look for a birthing center. I visited the Austin Area Birthing Center for the first time for my annual exam (I wasn't even pregnant yet) and was very impressed with the midwives and the facility. When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to birth there. The prenatal care was excellent and I just loved all of the midwives. I just delivered my son yesterday and had a wonderful experience. We arrived at the birthing center at ~9pm and I was having strong but manageable contractions. I was 5cm dilated and we were given the Winston room. It was so quiet and peaceful, I distinctly remember hearing trains going by every so often, which added to my sense of calm. The midwives, Joan and Jenny, were wonderful. When Joan first saw me, she recommended walking and squatting during the contractions to get the baby into a favorable position. Then she left us alone, which was exactly what we needed. When she came back, she'd suggest another position to get the birth going quickly and comfortably. We were always moving, laying the bed, spending time in the tub, walking around the room, and I was reminded that in the hospital, it was a struggle to get the nurses to let me out of bed and I was so uncomfortable laying down. Just before midnight, my contractions became very strong and I had so much pelvic pressure, I was sure that I was in transition. I was 9 cm dilated and the bag of waters was still intact. We decided to break the bag and my son was born at 12:21. The second phase was difficult, but fast. I experienced some heavy bleeding. The midwives were so professional and attentive. I delivered the placenta shortly after the baby (~10 minutes later) and was given time to bond with my new baby. The most wonderful thing was that my son never left me. I was given almost two hours to hold and nurse him before he was weighed right next to me. We had skin to skin contact all night. At one point, due to the heavy bleeding that I experienced, my blood pressure dropped. My husband got the midwives and they again handled everything professionally and expediently. I was given an IV and within minutes, my blood pressure was recovering. We all went home around 8 hours after the birth and Jenny has called to make sure that things are OK here. I honestly feel that I could not have had a better birthing experience in any other setting and am so happy that I chose to birth at the Austin Area Birthing Center. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a natural childbirth.

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I just delivered my third baby with the AABC. As many third births go, mine was completely different than the other two. My first two came in four hours, this one took nearly thirty hours. The only thing that kept me mentally confident and sane was the calm and wise voices of the midwives, particularly owner Jean Stokes. I am a pro-medical individual, meaning I don't have any negative feelings about medical intervention for birth, illness, etc. But, from the moment I met Jean Stokes six years ago I felt instantly at ease, despite the fact that I knew that choosing her facility would mean no epidural. The AABC is a very conservative birthing center as far as midwives go. They will not accept high-risk patients, and they are very good about listening to a woman's instinct. They are very concerned with a mother's relationship with her caregivers. I highly recommend any pregnant woman checking them out, taking the tour, talking to Jean. We are living proof of what a tremendous blessing this center is.

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I just delivered my third baby with the AABC. As many third births go, mine was completely different than the other two. My first two came in four hours, this one took nearly thirty hours. The only thing that kept me mentally confident and sane was the calm and wise voices of the midwives, particularly owner Jean Stokes. I am a pro-medical individual, meaning I don't have any negative feelings about medical intervention for birth, illness, etc. But, from the moment I met Jean Stokes six years ago I felt instantly at ease, despite the fact that I knew that choosing her facility would mean no epidural. The AABC is a very conservative birthing center as far as midwives go. They will not accept high-risk patients, and they are very good about listening to a woman's instinct. They are very concerned with a mother's relationship with her caregivers. I highly recommend any pregnant woman checking them out, taking the tour, talking to Jean. We are living proof of what a tremendous blessing this center is.

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I just gave birth to my first child at the Austin Area Birthing Center a few days ago. I was very pleased with the prenatal care I received during the pregnancy - it was always a pleasure to come in for the appointments and all the midwives were very professional and caring. They made the birth a truly memorable experience, one that I would gladly repeat at the birthing center if I have more chidren. Jean Stokes personally attended my delivery and she worked with me and my husband toward our goal of having a healthy and natural birth. We are very grateful to the Austin Area Birthing Center and would recommend them to expecting families.

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I just gave birth to my first child at the Austin Area Birthing Center a few days ago. I was very pleased with the prenatal care I received during the pregnancy - it was always a pleasure to come in for the appointments and all the midwives were very professional and caring. They made the birth a truly memorable experience, one that I would gladly repeat at the birthing center if I have more chidren. Jean Stokes personally attended my delivery and she worked with me and my husband toward our goal of having a healthy and natural birth. We are very grateful to the Austin Area Birthing Center and would recommend them to expecting families.

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From the prenatal exams, to labor and delivery, to the postnatal care, I felt the Austin Area Birthing Center staff and midwives were giving my baby and me the best medical care and advice possible. I was treated as individual, not just a medical chart. My labor felt particularly long (my baby was born about 10 hours after I arrived at the birthing center) and the owner, Jean, even came back to the birthing center at 9 p.m. to assist the on-call midwife. I plan to use the birthing center for my next pregnancy.

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From the prenatal exams, to labor and delivery, to the postnatal care, I felt the Austin Area Birthing Center staff and midwives were giving my baby and me the best medical care and advice possible. I was treated as individual, not just a medical chart. My labor felt particularly long (my baby was born about 10 hours after I arrived at the birthing center) and the owner, Jean, even came back to the birthing center at 9 p.m. to assist the on-call midwife. I plan to use the birthing center for my next pregnancy.

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11 years ago I was expecting my first child, and was seeing an OBGYN with the intention of having a standard hospital birth. On one of my visits I expressed to my OB that I wanted to have a natural birth without the use of an epidural and my OB just smiled, patted my arm, and said "That's nice, but I will make those decisions for you." I knew at that moment that I would not be delivering my baby in a hospital. I started doing my research on midwives in Austin and thankfully came across AABC. When my husband and I first met Jean Stokes, we immediately clicked and were 100% sure that this was the way to go. I knew that I wanted to use a midwife, but not necessarily deliver at home, so I was relieved to find a birthing center that was warm and inviting with the coziness of being at home, but with the professional touch of an experienced midwife. Jean and her staff were always there to answer questions and were very encouraging throughout the whole process. Jean delivered my first son and went on to deliver my other three kids as well. My husband and I have had 4 wonderful birth experiences because of Jean's expertise. That is why I only recommend AABC.

5
★★★★★

11 years ago I was expecting my first child, and was seeing an OBGYN with the intention of having a standard hospital birth. On one of my visits I expressed to my OB that I wanted to have a natural birth without the use of an epidural and my OB just smiled, patted my arm, and said "That's nice, but I will make those decisions for you." I knew at that moment that I would not be delivering my baby in a hospital. I started doing my research on midwives in Austin and thankfully came across AABC. When my husband and I first met Jean Stokes, we immediately clicked and were 100% sure that this was the way to go. I knew that I wanted to use a midwife, but not necessarily deliver at home, so I was relieved to find a birthing center that was warm and inviting with the coziness of being at home, but with the professional touch of an experienced midwife. Jean and her staff were always there to answer questions and were very encouraging throughout the whole process. Jean delivered my first son and went on to deliver my other three kids as well. My husband and I have had 4 wonderful birth experiences because of Jean's expertise. That is why I only recommend AABC.

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The midwives at AABC are so caring and experienced, making for a fantastic pregnancy and birth. Roswitha and Heather, in particular, are amazing midwives and I always felt well cared for and respected. During exams, they took the time to answer all my questions. If you are looking for a more natural birth experience with as few medical interventions as possible, in a warm yet professional environment, this is the place.

5
★★★★★

The midwives at AABC are so caring and experienced, making for a fantastic pregnancy and birth. Roswitha and Heather, in particular, are amazing midwives and I always felt well cared for and respected. During exams, they took the time to answer all my questions. If you are looking for a more natural birth experience with as few medical interventions as possible, in a warm yet professional environment, this is the place.

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Hi, I've got a baby underfoot, so not a lot of time to write this review . . . but I had a fine experience at the birthing center. Even with a somewhat problematic pregnancy! (P.I.H. with partial bedrest.) I definitely connect more with some of the midwives than others, but compared to what I hear about most OB office experiences, it's been a pleasure to be at AABC. I'm now 7 months pregnant with another baby, and chose the Birthing Center for a second time. All births are unpredictable, but I've felt at home, comfortable, and well-cared for at AABC.

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Hi, I've got a baby underfoot, so not a lot of time to write this review . . . but I had a fine experience at the birthing center. Even with a somewhat problematic pregnancy! (P.I.H. with partial bedrest.) I definitely connect more with some of the midwives than others, but compared to what I hear about most OB office experiences, it's been a pleasure to be at AABC. I'm now 7 months pregnant with another baby, and chose the Birthing Center for a second time. All births are unpredictable, but I've felt at home, comfortable, and well-cared for at AABC.

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My partner and I just had our first baby with the help of the Austin Area Birthing Center. We knew we wanted to experience as natural a pregnancy and birth as possible. The prenatal care with the midwives was fantastic. No excessive poking or prodding, just good advice, information and encouragement. They operated without any disrespect to hospitals or women who choose to have children by other means.

When it came time to have the baby, the midwives actively monitored both me and the baby and offered all the resources they had for me to birth the baby at their facility. When we discovered the baby had turned face-out (a difficult position to deliver), they did what they could, but when my family realized the midwives' resources would fall short of what the baby and I needed, the staff did not hesitate to expedite me to St. David's. We followed a midwife (who had no directional challenges getting there) in our own car and she stayed with my mom throughout the C-section to answer any questions she had.

As with any birth experience, the mother-to-be needs to take a certain amount of responsibility for educating herself about what tools she's willing to utilize when it comes time for labor. If you don't want to be induced (take castor oil, cohosh, etc.) or have your cervix stretched or use certain techniques they offer, you don't have to. My birth wasn't perfect, but I still trust the midwives and would recommend their services.

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My partner and I just had our first baby with the help of the Austin Area Birthing Center. We knew we wanted to experience as natural a pregnancy and birth as possible. The prenatal care with the midwives was fantastic. No excessive poking or prodding, just good advice, information and encouragement. They operated without any disrespect to hospitals or women who choose to have children by other means.

When it came time to have the baby, the midwives actively monitored both me and the baby and offered all the resources they had for me to birth the baby at their facility. When we discovered the baby had turned face-out (a difficult position to deliver), they did what they could, but when my family realized the midwives' resources would fall short of what the baby and I needed, the staff did not hesitate to expedite me to St. David's. We followed a midwife (who had no directional challenges getting there) in our own car and she stayed with my mom throughout the C-section to answer any questions she had.

As with any birth experience, the mother-to-be needs to take a certain amount of responsibility for educating herself about what tools she's willing to utilize when it comes time for labor. If you don't want to be induced (take castor oil, cohosh, etc.) or have your cervix stretched or use certain techniques they offer, you don't have to. My birth wasn't perfect, but I still trust the midwives and would recommend their services.

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My first baby was born at St. Davids. It was a horrible experience that was capped off by the doctor tring to forcably pull the placenta within a few minutes of the birth ( which was excrutiatingly painful, not to mention dangerous). I was determined not to have an experience like that with my second child. The birth center made that possible. The amazing midwives and staff were always there to support me and my family. They responded immediately to our questions and concerns. Our second baby was delivered peacefully and safely in their center. I felt in control and safe throughout the entire process. It was the most amazing experience of my life. My only wish is that I would have found them for my first baby.

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My first baby was born at St. Davids. It was a horrible experience that was capped off by the doctor tring to forcably pull the placenta within a few minutes of the birth ( which was excrutiatingly painful, not to mention dangerous). I was determined not to have an experience like that with my second child. The birth center made that possible. The amazing midwives and staff were always there to support me and my family. They responded immediately to our questions and concerns. Our second baby was delivered peacefully and safely in their center. I felt in control and safe throughout the entire process. It was the most amazing experience of my life. My only wish is that I would have found them for my first baby.

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My experience at the birthing center has been very pleasant. The midwives are caring, nurturing, and understanding to all my feelings and needs. When I call to ask questions they are always right there. The center is personable and attentive. I would highly recommend them.

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★★★★★

My experience at the birthing center has been very pleasant. The midwives are caring, nurturing, and understanding to all my feelings and needs. When I call to ask questions they are always right there. The center is personable and attentive. I would highly recommend them.

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I have had two children at AABC and I am very happy and pleased with both experiences. The nurse midwives are fabulous!!!! They took the best care of me during my pregnancy as well as through the birth and follow-up care for my babies. They were very respectful, professional, knowledgeable, and they made me feel at home with each visit. My birth experience with each baby was amazing. The staff at the birth center helped me to have the birth experience I had always wanted in an environment that was comfortable and relaxing. The birthing rooms are absolutely beautiful and I felt like I was at home, only better because I had gentle, caring, encouraging, and competent midwifes by my side through the whole birth process. I could not have imagined a better pregnancy and birth experience. Additionally, we found the expenses for the birth center, from prenatal care through postnatal care, very reasonable and affordable. For the quality of care, the wonderful home-like birth environment, the reasonable fees, and the absolute top-notch midwives, I highly recommend the Austin Area Birth Center. After what I have experienced at AABC, I would not want to go anywhere else.

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I have had two children at AABC and I am very happy and pleased with both experiences. The nurse midwives are fabulous!!!! They took the best care of me during my pregnancy as well as through the birth and follow-up care for my babies. They were very respectful, professional, knowledgeable, and they made me feel at home with each visit. My birth experience with each baby was amazing. The staff at the birth center helped me to have the birth experience I had always wanted in an environment that was comfortable and relaxing. The birthing rooms are absolutely beautiful and I felt like I was at home, only better because I had gentle, caring, encouraging, and competent midwifes by my side through the whole birth process. I could not have imagined a better pregnancy and birth experience. Additionally, we found the expenses for the birth center, from prenatal care through postnatal care, very reasonable and affordable. For the quality of care, the wonderful home-like birth environment, the reasonable fees, and the absolute top-notch midwives, I highly recommend the Austin Area Birth Center. After what I have experienced at AABC, I would not want to go anywhere else.

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My wife and I delivered our first baby with the ladies at Austin Area Birthing Center. Our experience was wonderful from beginning to end. The midwives were caring in everyway especially compared to a visit we had with an OB. My wife felt in control of the birth and emotionally supported by the midwives. Roswitha, the one from Germany told her she could do it and she believed her and she did it !
There were some problems with breast feeding but they worked us in for lots of extra visits at no charge. We would definatley recommend AABC to anyone. They did an awesome job.

5
★★★★★

My wife and I delivered our first baby with the ladies at Austin Area Birthing Center. Our experience was wonderful from beginning to end. The midwives were caring in everyway especially compared to a visit we had with an OB. My wife felt in control of the birth and emotionally supported by the midwives. Roswitha, the one from Germany told her she could do it and she believed her and she did it !
There were some problems with breast feeding but they worked us in for lots of extra visits at no charge. We would definatley recommend AABC to anyone. They did an awesome job.

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