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Birthing Center & Maternity Services

Listen to what recent parents say about the new Porter birthing center..

birthing center Porter’s Birthing Center is a standard of care for women in Vermont, and today continues to be a leader in family-centered care, obstetrics and midwifery.

In 2007, Porter Medical Center modernized the maternity department and opened a greatly expanded Birthing Center. It has become a sought out warm and personal environment where women’s preferences and families’ needs came first and where childbirth could unfold naturally.

Expectant parents can choose from our 24-hour team of certified nurse midwives, who are advanced practice nurses specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, or our board-certified obstetricians/gynecologists. Both practices are accepting new patients.
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And while Porter believes that childbirth is a natural process, a number of pain management options, including water therapy, pain medicine and intrathecals (spinal anesthesia) are available for those women who need or want them.

Options for your labor and birth

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Birthing ball
  • VBACs (vaginal birth after cesareans)
  • Birthing stool
  • Prenatal birthing classes
  • Infant car seat
  • Kitchen for snacks
  • Lactation services
  • 24-hour rooming in
  • New parents support group
  • Sleeping accommodations for one support person
  • Non-certification infant CPR classes

Our Midwives
Come meet our Certified Nurse-Midwives Martha Redpath, Heather Kidde, and Maggie Gardner at their office in Vergennes. Nurse-Midwives are advanced practice nurses with Master's Degrees in Midtapestry midwiferywifery and Women's Health. Midwifery care is centered upon the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are a normal physiological process and the belief that establishing a relationship built on trust and information is essential to the experience.

The midwives at Tapestry know that birth is a unique journey, and strive to honor your individual needs while providing safe, evidence based care. Clients give birth at Porter Hospital's lovely Birthing Center which utilizes the LDRP model of care. This means that women and their families stay in the same homelike room they give birth in for their whole stay. Their aim is to provide skilled continuous labor support for clients seeking to avoid pain medication and those desiring epidural or other types of pain relief. They also collaborate with doulas, acupuncuturists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, physical therapists, etc.

When issues arise outside their scope of practice or medical expertise, they work in collaboration with the OB/GYNs at Porter to provide the best care possible. Tapestry Midwifery also offers holistic women's health care by providing annual exams, pap tests, menopause care, IUD placement, birth control counseling, and STI testing. Additional information and appointments are available by calling (802) 877-0022 and at TapestryMidwifery.com.

Opregnancy and post partum careur Obstetricians
Addison Associates in Ob/Gyn is a team of experienced, board certified physicians provide pregnancy and the post-partum care.   They are a comprehensive women’s health practice, providing compassionate care for women in all of their phases of life. Our experienced providers are there for you throughout your pregnancy to support you with the individualized care for a safe and healthy birth. They customize our care to provide you optimal maternity care even in the presence of risk-factors or complications. Their goal is to provide this care to educate and support you through this exciting and transformative life event.

  • Comprehensive prenatal carebirthing center baby
  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Medical complications of pregnancy
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Labor support and Delivery at the family-centered Birthing Center
  • Post-partum care including lactation support, post-partum depression and family planning

More info on Pregnancy Care & Resources

Continuity of care
And after the birth, the many Porter Physican Practices offer exceptional  pediatric  and family care providers throughout Addison County. See our Complete list of Porter Practices.

 Get started on your birth experience by calling us today at (802) 388-6326.

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