The Austin ABC Difference

midwife with new mom and babyAustin ABC was one of the first birthing centers in Central Texas to be accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.

The American Association of Birth Centers established the CABC in 1985 as an independent authority after more than a decade of evaluating the quality of birth center services, promoting the development of national guidelines for licensure, reviewing state regulations for birth centers and exploring and evaluating the programs of other accrediting agencies. Austin ABC worked for nearly 2 years to prepare for the CABC’s three-day inspection.  This extra level of quality assurance means that our staff conducts quarterly emergency drills and is held to a much higher level of accountability than a state license provides. It also permits us to be “in network” with most insurance companies. We are the only birthing center in Texas to have accredited multiple locations.

We have a team approach to midwifery care so that our professional staff can benefit from their colleagues’ experience and insights. That means better and safer care.

From the beginning, Austin ABC has created a diverse mix of midwife professionals, with a team comprised of nurse practitioner midwives (“CNM”), European trained midwives and state licensed midwives (“CPM”). This ground-breaking blend of three different types of midwives, while controversial in our early years, has resulted in a lower transport rate and increased client satisfaction. It’s what makes AABC unique to birth centers in Central Texas and is one of the reasons we have remained so popular.

Austin ABC’s team of nurse-midwives and certified professional midwives routinely consult each other during care-giving and conduct biweekly team reviews of non-routine client experiences. Every midwife has seen a unique set of prenatal and birthing circumstances during her career. By sharing their collective knowledge and experiences, we believe our birthing professionals make better decisions and provide a higher level of care. Austin ABC’s midwives have together attended thousands of births during their careers, and having that depth of knowledge and experience available to our caregivers is a unique and valuable resource. Younger midwives work with more experienced midwives and are slowly given more responsibility. The group approach means each laboring mother has access to fresh friendly midwives when her team becomes fatigued.

We also benefit from great relationships with other Austin birth professionals. For instance, we’re one of the few birthing centers to conduct prenatal ultrasounds on site, thanks to our relationship with Dr. Sina Haeri, who performs and interprets scans for us.

Austin ABC bridges the gap between hospital deliveries and home births.

While we offer many traditional herbal and homeopathic treatments common to midwifery practice, our certified nurse/midwives and registered nurses can also provide IVs, antibiotics, pain relief (including nitrous oxide), and other prescribed medications and therapies as needed at our three birthing centers. Austin ABC’s midwives are trained to use antenatal fetal monitors and we have on-staff ultrasound technician and ultrasound scanners onsite at two of our locations, allowing us to better evaluate the health of mother and child and take the proper course of treatment. In labor, fetal monitoring is done with a portable doppler which studies have proven safe and appropriate for low-risk pregnancies.Birth Center Statistics

We’re in-network with most health insurance providers in Central Texas and have trained staff to help you with the financial details of our service.

Whether you’re covered by health insurance or are a self-paying client, we have plans and resources available to make your natural child birthing experience affordable. We will help you learn what your coverage consists of and will discuss any out-of-pocket costs you might face. Come talk to us about your unique circumstances and we’ll do our best to make Austin ABC your partner in bringing your baby into the world. Payment questions are best addressed to billing@austinabc.com

We pioneered the practice of water birth in Central Texas.

Austin ABC has given mothers the option of water birth for 30 years, giving us more experience in this field than any other provider in the Austin area. Over those two decades we’ve honed our water birth techniques to ensure the best experience for both mother and child. Each of Austin ABC’s nine birthing suites have a deep water tub available for laboring and birthing at the mom’s request. These birthing tubs can be quickly sanitized and refilled during labor and delivery, unlike the blow-up tubs used by some other providers. While about a third of our mothers actually give birth in the water, almost all of our clients find that the tubs offer natural relief during labor. For more information about water birth, click here.

Our Austin ABC-owned facilities were designed by birthing professionals and architects to provide the best care and comfort for our clients and their families.

Having your baby at Austin ABC is like staying in a luxury spa staffed by a team of experienced, compassionate birthing professionals. Each of our nine birthing rooms (three at each location) expresses a unique style with a large, comfortable bed, deep water tub for laboring and delivery (at the mom’s request), and private bath facilities.  All three centers have a fully stocked kitchen for the convenience of our clients and their families, and the South and Williamson County Center have additional private kitchenettes in each birthing suite.

Our commitment to educating our patients is demonstrated by the range and number of free classes we offer.

  • Early pregnancy classes offered monthly at all three locations, open to our current clients.
  • “Prenatal Yoga” and “Postnatal Yoga” is taught in our Mind/Body/Baby Studios for all Austin ABC mothers.
  • Monthly and bi-monthly group prenatal classes, “Centering Pregnancy”, combines your prenatal exam, pregnancy support group, and birthing classes in a 2-hour session.
  • “New Trends” childbirth classes, is four two-hour sessions, for first-time couples who aren’t participating in our group prenatal program.
  • “Birth In A Nutshell”, is a five hour intensive refresher course. This class is taught monthly at all three Austin ABC locations by a local Bradley Method childbirth teacher.
  • “Baby Love” is an infant massage as well as new moms support group, offered once per week at each location.
  • “Crawler/Toddler Love” classes are taught each week and shows our long term commitment to our families.
  • “Postpartum Prep Class”, is a two-part series class designed to cover breastfeeding tips and every aspect of caring for a new baby.

Visit our events calendar for more details on each of these valuable learning and sharing opportunities.