Having a baby at the birth center is often seen as the best of both worlds
With three beautiful, light-filled rooms, large tubs, and a postpartum doula to take care of you throughout your stay, it can feel like a very luxurious choice!
We're located in a lovely hundred-year-old, three-story home in inner South East Portland. We have a beautiful clinic space just adjacent to the birth center, where we see clients in warm, comfortable rooms. In addition to our clinic and birth rooms, we have additional space for gynecological appointments and an open community room where we offer prenatal and postpartum yoga classes, childbirth education, and lots more!
Women choose to birth at Alma instead of at home for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is the appeal of the postpartum pampering, sometimes it is an insurance billing choice, and sometimes it's the fact that being at Alma is more appealing than their particular home situation. Often, moms with older children love the idea of having a "babymoon" at the birth center to enjoy some special alone time with their newborns.
When you have a baby at Alma, you get all the benefits of having a home birth with the added benefits of being away from home, in our dedicated space. Ease of clean-up and refilling birth tubs, having separate space for friends and family, and proximity to our preferred hospital are some of the benefits of being in the birth center. Since we opened in 2004, we have had many wonderful births in these rooms, and we treasure the opportunity to continue serving After your birth, we leave you in the capable hands of our post-partum doulas. These well-trained women will spend the rest of your stay with you, helping you with every latch if necessary. They will also bring you every meal (either prepared by them or ordered from local restaurants) and help with basic baby care if desired. If all is well with you and baby, you will not be woken up or bothered, and allowed to proceed with getting to know your baby on your own schedule. If you stay two nights, you will receive a sixty-minute massage from one of our massage therapists.
Please take a look at our photo gallery below to get a feel for the different rooms.
Clicking photos below brings up slideshow of each room.