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Birth Center

Giving birth is one of the most miraculous and transformative events in a woman’s life. Women have the innate ability to give birth with confidence and dignity. As women search for ways to reclaim the beauty and power of birth, more and more women choose to experience this transformative life event in a birth center. We are a group of midwives who will serve and attend you during your pregnancy and birth, in our birth center or at nearby Davis Regional Medical Center. We provide continuity of care in a warm and safe environment and have collectively attended over 2,500 births. Call us for a free tour.

We are passionate about birth and empowering women on this incredible journey!

With Love,
Marcia and Nicole

315553_219833944744167_158513470876215_651345_794710308_n_720x478From your first consultation, to each one of your prenatal visits, you will notice the difference in our midwives’ personal and loving care. You will have four midwives that care for you prenatally and are on call for your birth. In case you need the services of a physician, Dr. Stephen Coarsey is available for consulation. Prenatals are scheduled every 4 weeks until the 32nd week of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks until a month before your due date, when we will meet every week until you go into labor. We offer on-site prenatal testing including ultrasounds, non-stress testing and laboratory work and are on call 24 hours for your needs. We give you the time you deserve… Time for you, your new baby, and your family.

Water Birth


DSC_7701_550x363 Natural Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center Passionately Empowering Women Waterbirth is felt by mothers and providers alike to be the gentlest of gentle births.
Warm luxurious water to cradle you and give you complete freedom to move during the greatest achievement of your life. The women who have experienced the support and comfort of water for their labors and held their newborns in their arms speak more than any scientific article or paper on the subject.


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What prevents baby from breathing under water?


There are four main factors that prevent the baby from inhaling water at the time of birth:

  1. Prostaglandin E2 levels from the placenta which cause a slowing down or stopping of the fetal breathing movements. When the baby is born and the Prostaglandin level is still high, the baby’s muscles for breathing simply don’t work, thus engaging the first inhibitory response.
  2. Babies are born experiencing mild hypoxia or lack of oxygen. Hypoxia causes apnea and swallowing, not breathing or gasping.
  3. Water is a hypotonic solution and lung fluids present in the fetus are hypertonic. So, even if water were to travel in past the larynx, they could not pass into the lungs based on the fact that hypertonic solutions are denser and prevent hypotonic solutions from merging or coming into their presence.
  4. The last important inhibitory factor is the Dive Reflex and revolves around the larynx. The larynx is covered all over with chemoreceptors or taste buds. The larynx has five times as many as taste buds as the whole surface of the tongue. So, when a solution hits the back of the throat, passing the larynx, the taste buds interprets what substance it is and the glottis automatically closes and the solution is then swallowed, not inhaled.

excerpt from Barbara Harper

Photos courtesy of Lora Denton

In-office Procedures

Natural Beginnings Birth & Wellness Center provides services in our office for added convenience. By offering in-office services such as ultrasounds, blood work, and other procedures, we save you the extra scheduling and trip to an outside lab or facility.

  • Implanon/ Nexplanon: A form of birth control injected under the skin.
  • IUD (intrauterine device): Insertion and removal: A form of birth control that is inserted into the uterus and provides homonal or non-hormonal prevention of pregnancy.
  • Diaphragm: fitting and ordering
  • Ultrasound: For a variety of gynecological and obstetrical issues.
  • STD Screening: For a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. Depending on the results, counseling and treatment is available.
  • NST (Non-stress tests): Fetal monitoring for high risk pregnancy management
  • Frenulectomy: Procedure for tongue tied infants


Here at Natural Beginnings, we want to support breastfeeding success. To help with this, we are now offering Lactation Consultation appointments 5-6 days a week. Each appointment will include a thorough assessment of a feeding (for both mom and baby) and a breastmilk intake weight. We also offer prenatal assessments for new moms and/or moms who have had past breastfeeding issues to address questions or concerns and provide education support.

Common Breastfeeding Challenges For Mom

  • Sore nipples and/or breasts
  • Mastitis
  • Clogged ducts
  • Low milk supply
  • Overabundant milk supply
  • Inducing lactation
  • Thrush
  • Breastfeeding multiples
  • Returning to work
  • Weaning

Common Breastfeeding Challenges For Baby

  • Latch
  • Breast refusal
  • Fussy while breastfeeding or after
  • Less than 37 weeks gestational age at birth
  • Tongue and upper lip tie

“During pregnancy, you nourished your baby as they grew. Breastfeeding can be seen as a continuation of that. Although your body is designed to feed your baby, it can come with some obstacles and struggles. We provide a service here that can help support our breastfeeding families through almost any challenge you are facing.”-Susie Hiatt

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