Client Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Birthing Center of Buffalo!

Our doctor, Katharine Morrison, has been working as an Obstetrician for 25 years and has been committed to providing gentle birth care since 2007. The following requirements are based on her experience and knowledge, and are designed to help you achieve an empowering, low-intervention birth.

As a Birthing Center patient, we ask that you:

  • Commit to a healthy life style. Please abstain from cigarettes, recreational drugs, and alcohol. We also ask that you commit to eating healthy foods, increasing exercise, and reducing stress.
  • Value natural labor, birth, and breastfeeding. Prepare for low-intervention birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum & newborn care through natural childbirth education classes or through Centering Pregnancy Care.
  • Hire an approved doula. A doula is a birth attendant trained to support laboring mothers both emotionally and physically. Her role is to encourage and help you and your partner during labor. A GOOD DOULA IS INVALUABLE!
  • Educate yourself and know your options. Take this opportunity to educate yourself on pregnancy & childbirth issues. At the Birthing Center, you and your partner will make the decisions together with your provider.  It’s your baby, and your body!
  • Understand the difference between standard obstetric care and the midwifery model of care. We want you to understand the ways in which our care differs from standard OB care and to feel that our care better aligns with your pregnancy and birth goals. We believe that pregnancy, labor, and birth are normal processes. If you want an induction of labor, epidural, or other interventions, you might be more comfortable with another provider.
  • Sisterhood is mandatory! We ask that you provide positive and encouraging support to other pregnant people and mothers.