Give Birth at Connecticut Childbirth & Women's Center

We are Connecticut's only freestanding birth center, providing safe, comfortable, out-of-hospital birth for over 20 years. The birth center is a home-like and serene environment to welcome your baby, and is the perfect option for low risk women desiring to give birth free of interventions.

What makes our birth center unique?

Some of the benefits of a birth center birth include ability to move around freely without monitors or IVs, use of shower and jacuzzi tub, freedom to eat and drink as you see fit, unlimited number of support people, and early discharge home. Our midwives are experts in physiologic birth, providing you the time and support that you need to birth your baby naturally. We are directly across the street from Danbury Hospital, which means we can quickly transfer to a higher level of care if needed.

The Birth Center is privately owned and located on the second floor of our building, with the clinic on the first floor. We have three birthing rooms, each with a queen-sized bed, big bathroom with large shower and jacuzzi tub, and lots of windows providing natural light. We have a variety of yoga balls, birth stools, and other helpful accessories to choose from. A midwife and nurse are called in specially for your birth, so there is no regular staff and therefore none of the "hustle and bustle" of hospital delivery floors. Our lounge areas (currently closed due to COVID) have couches, TV, full kitchen, and toys and books - perfect for children and any family and friends that have come to support you. You are admitted to the Birth Center in active labor, which means most babies are born an average of 2-4 hours after admission, though of course some will take longer and some will be even faster than that!

Three private birthing rooms, jacuzzi tubs & showers, yoga balls, birth stools, kitchen & lounge area.

Midwifery care at the birth center includes:

Water Birth

We are proud to support water birth at the Birth Center when it is desired. Laboring and birthing in the water can help ease labor discomfort and provide a calming atmosphere. All birth rooms have large jacuzzi tubs for this purpose.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly called "gas and air" in the UK, inhaled nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") can be used for pain relief during labor. Because of its quick onset and short duration of action, nitrous is safe for use in a birth center and does not require any additional monitoring. We offer this option at the Birth Center, for those requesting it, for an additional fee.

Going Home

Normal discharge home is 4-6 hours after giving birth to your baby, as long as mom and baby are stable. Our birth center families love the ability to go home so soon and rest in their own bed. A longer stay is possible, up to 12 hours, if you or the baby need additional monitoring or assistance. Normally, a midwife or RN will do a home visit at your residence 24 - 72 hours later, for families who live within 60 minutes of the Center. However, currently, due to COVID, parents and baby come back to the office for a visit 24-48 hours after the birth. At this visit, we do all the standard newborn screenings;  hearing screen, cardiac screen, metabolic screen, and a wellness check. We also evaluate the new postpartum mother, check in on feeding, and make sure a pediatrician visit is scehduled. 

Baby's Health

The baby's heartbeat is monitored throughout your labor by your midwife using a hand-held Doppler device, which can also be used underwater for water births. Our assessment of the baby's health adheres to the accepted national guidelines of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), which are adopted from both the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines for intermittent auscultation. These guidelines are proven to be safe and effective at following the well-being of the baby during labor.

Mother's Health

The laboring mother will also be assessed according to AABC guidelines, including vital signs, fluid intake, bleeding, and emotional wellbeing. Emergency medical equipment and medications are on-site to handle any complications. Midwives are trained to ensure the well-being of both mom and baby.

Group B Strep

All patients are screened to see if they are carriers of Group B Strep (GBS) between 35-37 weeks gestation. Women who test positive are recommended IV antibiotics as suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. It is important to note that testing positive for GBS does not prevent you from giving birth at the Center.

VBAC

We support families who wish to have a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). If your most recent birth was a cesarean, we will support you to have a VBAC at Danbury Hospital. If you've already had a VBAC, you have the option to have your next VBAC at either the Birth Center or the hospital.

Why do families love our birth center?

Enjoy this article from the News Times on our 2011 milestone of 1000 babies born at the center!  > Read the article.

Hospital Transfers

While we understand that it is difficult to change your birth plan, it is important to consider the possibility of a hospital birth when risks become apparent.

In the event that a hospital birth is necessary, we try to make the transition as smooth as possible. All midwives have privileges at Danbury Hospital, which is located directly across the street from the Birth Center.

Your care there is co-managed by your midwife and one of the physicians from Women's Health Associates. All procedures, tests and options will be discussed in detail with you and your family. We also work together with supportive hospital residents and nursing staff.