About This Location
Reading Birth Center - Tower Health Medical Group is the only hospital-owned, free-standing birth center in the tri-state area offering gentle, personalized care in a relaxed, home-like setting.
The certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, and collaborating obstetricians are all board-certified providers who dedicate the time, education, and support needed to take an active role in the patients' health. This team approach allows for high-quality care that matches individual needs.
The environment at Reading Birth Center - Tower Health Medical Group is warm, private, and welcoming for patients and their families. This accredited birth center is fully equipped for up-to-date prenatal care, delivery, and well-woman care. The Center is also Keystone 10 recognized, indicating that it promotes breastfeeding with the goal of improving the health of both mothers and babies.
Today, women have more options than ever to find and select a birth plan that matches their needs. For women with a low-risk pregnancy who desire a more natural birth experience, a birth center may be the right solution. For those women weighing the pros and cons of home birth, or who want to be fully involved and have a desire to explore a private, intimate, safe alternative to hospital or home, a birthing center can be a good option.
This facility provides services beyond the birthing experience. This ranges from education for pregnancy, nutrition, birth, labor support, baby care, to general women’s health that extends beyond the patient to family and friends.
The Reading Birth Center - Tower Health Medical Group program gives patients confidence in their ability to give birth, balancing the human touch and technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a midwife?
Midwife means “with woman”. A midwife is someone who specializes in a healthy women’s care and believes pregnancy and childbirth are normal transitions in life. They believe in lots of time for talking and education and involving women in their care and care decisions.
There are many types of midwives. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses with advanced education in midwifery. Most CNMs have at least a master’s degree and are legal, licensed and have prescriptive authority in all 50 states. All the midwives at Reading Birth Center are CNMs.
What is a birth center?
A birth center is a warm home like setting where you are supported and respected in your ability to give birth balancing human touch with technology. You will have a private room where you can make yourself comfortable, take a bath, wear your own clothes, eat and drink if you need and decide who you want with you as you give birth. It is a place that offers support and information on pregnancy, birth, infant care, breastfeeding, parenting, and family planning. It is also part of the health care system to provide just the right amount of care needed from lab tests, diagnostic testing, consultation with specialists, attentive care in labor and birth and transfer to a hospital should the need arise. Birth center care is covered by most major insurances and Medicaid; home birth may not be.
- Pregancy care
- Delivery/birth services
- Postpartum and newborn care
- Home visits
- Outpatient office visits
- Full scope obstetric and gynecological care
- As well as:
- Obstetrical consultation with physician
- Pediatric consultation
- Nurse-midwifery and nursing services
- Lactation consultation services
- Laboratory services
- Other referrals as appropriate