Preparing For A Birthing Center Birth: An Interview With Midwife Michelle Gold, LM CPM

Updated: Mar 26

Continuing on with our preparing for birth series, this week we had the opportunity to interview Midwife Michelle Gold, LM CPM of Austin Area Birthing Center to learn more about how to prepare for and what to expect from birthing center births.

We could not be more grateful to Michelle for taking time out of her day to share her knowledge with all of us! Watch the full, recorded interview below. To learn more about how to train your pelvic floor for birth, push preparation, perineal tear risk reduction and so much more, check out our Birth Preparation course.

This video answers:

  • What is the difference between midwifery care and OB care?

  • What is the difference between a CPM and CNM?

  • What constitutes high risk pregnancy?

  • What are good questions to ask your midwife when choosing a provider?

  • Why may someone choose a birthing center over a hospital or home birth?

  • Who may not be appropriate for a birthing center birth?

  • Why would you have to transfer from a birthing center and what happens if you do?

  • What are the key benefits of a birthing center vs a home birth?

  • What you can expect will be different during a birthing center birth in the midst of COVID-19?

  • What should women know about eating before, during and after birthing at the birthing center?

  • How long and how much should you be bleeding after birth?

  • What’s the difference between birthing centers connected to hospitals vs not connected? What would make someone pick one vs the other?

To schedule an appointment with or learn more about Michelle, click here.

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Lady Bird PT's Birth Preparation & Postpartum Planning course offers you and your partner an opportunity to learn more about preparing your body for labor, birth and early postpartum recovery. You can take our online course or schedule a 1:1 session to learn more about:

  • How your pelvic floor and core are impacted by pregnancy and childbirth (both vaginal and cesarean)

  • How to train and relax your pelvic floor for birth

  • Perineal tear risk reduction to practice during pregnancy and labor

  • Breathing and vocalization techniques for push preparation

  • Alternative birthing positions and benefits of various positions

  • Questions to ask your provider at your 34 week visit

  • Postpartum recovery timelines for healing, exercise and sex

  • A plan to prepare your body and mind for the remainder of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery

  • and more!

With any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to us here.

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