Pregnancy Resources

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Resources

Official birth certificates can be ordered from the Texas Department of State Health Services – Vital Records. Birth certificates are available after the Social Security card arrives in the mail, usually about two weeks after birth.

Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor. (See also Lactation Consultants)

La Leche League of San Antonio

Methodist Healthcare Lactation Center

San Antonio Breastfeeds!

San Antonio Lactation Support Center

WIC

Online Resources

 
 

Westover Hills Birth Center offers vaginal breech birth to low-risk clients including those desiring a VBAC and first time mothers. We accept late transfers for breech on a case-by-case basis. The first step to transferring to the birth center is to schedule a meeting with Robin to discuss your options. A Webster-certified chiropractor may help a breech baby turn. See our list of chiropractors. 

Breech Without Borders website  or Breech Without Borders on Facebook

 
 
 
 

Chiropractic care is safe and highly recommended in pregnancy. Chiropractors help align the pelvis, reduce pain and swelling, and can even help a breech positioned baby turn head down. Keeping the pregnant body in alignment helps it to work more efficiently in labor. 

Angie Artho BS, BS, DC, CACCP – Abundant Life Chiropractic

Quincy Shirley DC FICPA, ACN – Advanced Back & Body Care

Alexandra Sweeney, DC, MCS-P – The Nest Chiropractic

Doulas are trained and specialize in labor support. They help provide physical and emotional support through the labor process. They help laboring families to relax and work with contractions, eat, drink, and move during labor, and help the family to advocate for the things that are important to them in labor.

Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:

  • less likely to need Pitocin
  • less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • less likely to use any pain medication
  • more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively

Here are some of our favorites:

Birth Blessings

Rooted Birth (Birth & Postpartum Doulas)

Doulajandra

Fifth Element Doula

San Antonio Birth Doulas

Doula Organizations

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

Bayou City Breastfeeding – Accepts some insurance and offers grants for qualified, low-income clients.

Breastfeeding Housecalls

Breastfeeding Perspectives

San Antonio Birth Doulas

Photos of pregnancy and birth capture a special moment in the life of a family. The remarkable moment is captured with beauty and privacy the mother desires. Photography and video are always welcome at Westover Hills Birth Center.

Mamarazzi Photography – Jennifer Hamilton has been capturing birth and newborns since 2012. Her studio is located in the birth center and offers our clients special discounts and extended payment options.

Center for Maternal & Fetal Care – Locations at Christus Children’s and Westover Hills Hospitals
 
Children’s Center for Midwifery and Women’s Health – Sarah Wheeler MSN, CNM, CLC located at Christus Children’s
 
Dr. Charles Baldwin – Pediatric Urologist (Circumcision)
  

While there is little evidence based information available regarding placenta encapsulation, anecdotal reports suggest that it has many benefits. The possible benefits of placenta encapsulation include: a decrease in postpartum mood disorders, increased production of oxytocin, a decrease in stress hormones, restoration of iron levels following bleeding after birth, and increased milk supply. Data, in a small study, has demonstrated that following the preparation process, hormones do remain present in placentas. Researchers have found that levels of both progesterone and estradiol are present at high enough levels that they could cause physiological effects when consumed. According to the American Pregnancy Association, placenta encapsulation has demonstrated to assist with mood stabilization through supplementing oxytocin levels. Additionally, this suggests that placenta encapsulation has a potential regulatory effect on postpartum hormones, which can affect both postpartum mood and milk supply.

Julie encapsulates placentas for our clients. Her fee is $200 for a single and $250 for a twin placenta. 

Westover Hills Birth Center provides care for low-risk clients desiring a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or VBA2C. Here are our favorite resources for those considering a VBAC. 

Evidence Based Birth 

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) 

VBAC.com 

VBACFacts.com