Are you looking for a gentle and supported birth? This is more than a place to have a baby, this is a place to have a good birth. Your Birth! Your Baby’s Birth!
Carolina WaterBirth is a true freestanding birthing center with Licensed Midwives in Greenville, South Carolina. We help you have the birth you and your baby deserve. As natural birth midwives, we support you through every step of your pregnancy and birth. Excellent prenatal care, education, preventative care and attentive care providers come together for your big day.
Hospitals have started to add tubs and claim to be promoting a natural birth experience, but without the overall support, their births are less than desirable. Overworked staff, hospital procedures, IV’s, incubators and infant test do not yield the same results as a freestanding birth center. They have high cesarean and epidural rates (despite the added tubs.)
To have a gentle birth, you’ll need quiet, privacy, dim lighting and peace. Your baby needs to be handled with soft hands and respected as a new person. You and your baby should be together at all times and helped to breastfeed immediately.
Don’t be fooled by imitation birthing rooms. Carolina WaterBirth is the place to have Your Birth.
"Physician Joins CarolinaWaterBirth in Simpsonville"
An article from Natural Awakings monthy newpaper in Upstate South Carolina
"Dr. Steven Murrellis unlike any other South Carolina physician because he does home deliveries, especially VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). VBACs are considered very safe but it’s difficult to find a provider who will agree to the service. So Dr. Murrell joined the midwives at Carolina WaterBirth to help those families who qualify for a vaginal delivery.
Murrell moved here from Oklahoma. He had lived in SC many years ago and returned to Newberry, SC to practice medicine. He was a Registered Nurse for 20 years but went back to school and became a physician to help change “The System.”
Murrell has 12 children (2 are adopted) with his wife Starla of 24 years. She had 10natural births and breastfed all of them. Many of her children were born at home with a midwife, including Kaitlynn, who is almost a year old and was delivered by Sandy Glenn, a Licensed Midwife at Carolina WaterBirth.
Murrell also does prenatal care visits that focus on the needs of the individual woman and healthy preventative education. His prenatal visits are very similar to a midwife’s care and he often has a midwife as his assistant during delivery. He even does water births. Murrell also does well woman care, newborn care and is concerned about the wellness of the family.
Carolina WaterBirth is located at 915-J South St, Simpsonville, For more information, call 864-329-0010 or visit CarolinaWaterBirth.com."
Natural Birth: The Real Thing"
An article by Michele Senac for the Natural Awakings monthy newpaper in upstate South Carolina
"Carolina WaterBirthoffers expectant mothers and babies safe, gentle, professional care. This special care is extended from prenatal through birth and beyond in a peaceful, nurturing environment. Owner, Sandy Glenn is a licensed midwife by the SC Department of Health and opened the center in 2004. With a staff of licensed midwives, trained doulas, and a medical doctor, the center offers a full complement of services. Childbirth education, breast feeding classes, water births, home births and parenting groups are available, along with pregnancy testing and well-woman examinations. The prenatal care program focuses on healthy pregnancy and natural birth and includes ultrasound, laboratory services, exercise, diet and vitamin supplementation.
As more hospitals add birthing rooms as a way to attract clients, Glenn explains that there are differences in policy and philosophy between freestanding birth centers such as Carolina WaterBirth and hospital birthing rooms. “Our facility is more than a place to have a baby. Our goal is preventive “Natural Birth: The Real Thing ”care. With the cesarean rate climbing at a rate of 35% or more in hospitals, ours is at 5%. We give one-on-one attention. We work with you in your desire to have a natural birth, and we handle your baby gently,” says Glenn. She adds, “We’re the real thing.”
At Carolina WaterBirth the environment is quiet and calm. Although mother and baby are continuously monitored during labor, the mother is not restricted to bed. Freedom to move around, eat, use the supports available, such as a rocket chair or birthing stool, is encouraged. Because the mother and staff develop a relationship during the prenatal period, there is a level of trust, and the staff is aware and respectful of the mother’s needs.
The center features a new, deep soaking birthing tub. The tub has special features such as a glass front, underwater lights and an advanced sterilization system. It is always ready for immediate use and easy to use, according to Glenn. Carolina WaterBirth also offers vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). “Clients are treated as if it is a first time birth, including attending classes and having a doula,” says Glenn. A doula is a professional who provides support to the mother before, during and just afterbirth. Doula du Jour services are available and comprised of on-call, experienced, trained doulas.
For those who may be considering natural birth, Glenn extends an invitation to make a complimentary appointment to tour the facility and have questions and concerns addressed. She recommends viewing The Business of Being Born, a documentary available onYouTube.com, to understand the differences between hospital births and births at free standing birth centers. “There are so many benefits to natural birth; it would be hard to list them all. Physically, it is a lot easier for the mother to recover. Because we focus on a healthy pregnancy, she is much more likely to have a healthy baby,” shares Glenn.
Carolina Waterbirth is located at 915South St, Simpsonville. For more information call 864-329-8384 or visit CarolinaWaterBirth.com. See ad, page 21. Michele Senac is a freelance writer and certified in Interior Redesign & FengShui. For more information call 864-631-9335 or visit FineRedesigns.com."
"Prep Yourself for Natural Birth at Carolina Waterbirth"
An article from Natural Awakings monthly newspaper in Upstate South Carolina
"In this day and age, natural birth can mean a variety of things; however, traditionally a natural birth is a vaginal birth without the use of pain medication. Many women desire to have a natural birth because of the numerous benefits to mother and baby, but are unfamiliar with the steps to take to have a comfortable natural birth.
The Natural Birth Preparation class at Carolina Waterbirth is the best class for learning how to achieve the natural birth that you desire. It focuses on comfort measures, labor positions, breathing and relaxation techniques and affirmations to nurture and support you and help you feel confident about your day of labor. The class also incorporates anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, and a few amazing birth videos. The doulas of Doula Du Juor attend each class to help demonstrate and encourage you and your partner during numerous hands on exercises. This all-inclusive class has been found to leave families excited and prepared to have an amazing birth.
The next series of classes will begin on April 9th and will include the following natural birth preparation essentials: nutrition, exercise, building a support team, mental and emotional preparation and of course, a doula!
Doula Du Juor is located inside Carolina Waterbirth at 915 South St, Simpsonville. For more information, call 864-329-0010 or visit Carolina- Waterbirth.com."