Home, birth center, and water birth

If you’re experiencing a healthy, low-risk pregnancy and want to avoid pain medication, birthing at home or in a birth center may be right for you.

People choose a home birth because:


  • You’re in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by familiar sights, smells, and sounds.

  • You’re encouraged to eat and drink throughout labor to keep up your energy and hydration.

  • You decide who is at your birth. Your midwife will always bring another skilled birth attendant to your birth (usually another midwife). Aside from us, you are welcome to invite as many (or few) people to your birth as you desire.

  • Your support people can be as involved in the process as you’d like them to be. This includes everything from helping catch your baby to cutting the umbilical cord to waiting in the next room.

  • You don’t have to get in the car in labor, which can be uncomfortable for some.

  • You don’t have to put your newborn in a car seat for the drive home.

  • Your midwives typically stay with you and your newborn for 3-5 hours after the birth. After ensuring you’re both doing well, they will clean up, make sure you’re fed, and tuck you into bed with postpartum instructions to call with any concerns.

Free-standing birth centers are not affiliated with hospitals. Our clinic is home to The Seattle Birth Center, which has an in-house birth suite where clients are welcome to birth their babies. We are also privileged at Seattle Home Maternity Service  in Columbia City. 

People choose a birth center birth because:

  • You want the comfort of a home birth but don’t want to give birth at home. For folks who are concerned about their home having shared walls, a small space, being far from the nearest hospital, or just aren’t comfortable with home birth, the birth center is a great option.

  • You want to labor or birth in water. Birth centers are equipped with large tubs to accommodate your pregnant belly and your partner if they choose to get in as well.

  • You have support people you’d like at the birth, but not in the room at time of delivery. The birth centers have waiting areas and space for family members or friends.

For information on the safety of home birth, please visit our Articles and Studies page.

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Journey Midwife Services
Seattle Birth Center
2705 E. Madison St. Seattle WA 98112


Ph. 206-328-7929 Fax 206-328-6066