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Our business is guided by principles of kindness, compassion & gratitude for ourselves, our clients and our planet.

meet the team

meet the team


  • Elizabeth
    Owner & Clinic Director
  • Sarah
    Midwife
  • Kara
    Midwife
  • Chezza
    Office Manager
  • Mechelle
    Acupuncturist
  • Dr. Brook Merkel
    Chiropractor
  • Dr. Michelle Gerber
    Naturopathic Doctor
  • Sparrow
    Massage Therapist
  • Lauren
    Lactation Consultant
  • Jennifer
    Midwife
  • Whitney
    Assistant
  • Katie
    Assistant
  • Dr. Jessica Zucker
    Psychologist
  • Jenny "JJ"
    Teacher
  • Stephanie
    Teacher
  • Jesse
    Dad
  • Birla
    Reiki Practitioner

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We have gathered some of our most commonly asked questions and not only answered them, but also provided you links so you can research your own answers.  If you have additional questions, email or call us for a free one-on-one interview where we can answer your questions in person.

What is a Midwife?

The word midwife means, “with woman”.  To simplify a very broad subject, Midwives are primary health care professionals who are able to support women through out the Pregancy, Labor, Childbirth and the Post Partum period, along as provide pregnant or non pregnant women Well Woman Exams.  In California we have two different types of licensed midwives who are able to support women for ‘out-of-hospital’ births, (which includes home births, water births and birth center births) Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and California Licensed Midwives (LM).

What is the difference between a CNM and and LM?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are advanced practice registered nurses who have additional specialized education and training in hospital Midwifery and are licensed by the Nursing Board.  Once licensed, CNMs can support women at home, birth centers or the hospital.  Los Angeles has some great CNMs working in various settings.   There are group midwifery practices at UCLA, California Hospital, USC County Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, an individual hospital midwifery practice run by Debbie Frank and quite a few CNMs who also work as Home Birth Midwives.
California Licensed Midwives (LM) are also Certified Professional Midwives (CPM), because you can not become a LM in California unless you are also a CPM.  LMs are licensed by the California Medical Board and have learned a specific skill set through extensive hands on training in low-risk pregnancy and childbirth in an out of a hospital setting.  This hands on experience combined with studies from a MEAC Accredited School allows LMs to safely monitor and support  laboring women and emerging babies at home, in a birth center and even in water.  Also, LMs do not need to work with a supervising physician.  Here at GraceFull we work in close relationship with quite a few doctors who we collaborate with on patient care in a mutually respectful relationship.

Are home birth/birth center births safe?

The issue with this questions is that it assumes that “non-homebirths” are the safety standard, and the truth is that there are actually no studies that say that a in hospital birth is more safe than an out of hospital births.  There are; however, two interesting studies on the subject.  The first one is on birth center birth that came out in Jan/Feb 2013 and states:  “One of the most important findings of this study was that more than 9 out of 10 women (94%) who entered labor planning a birth center birth achieved a vaginal birth. In other words, the C-section rate for low-risk women who chose to give birth at a birth center was only 6%—compared to the U.S. C-section rate of 27% for low-risk women.[16] This means that the C-section rate for women in birth centers is more than 4 times lower than what is seen among low-risk women in the U.S.” –  Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, Outcome s of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model.  Another study that came out in August 2009 from Canada says, “Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.” CMAJ August 2009.  If mom is having a pregnancy that is considered low-risk, then it is very safe to have the baby at home.   Even though a birth outside of a hospital is safe, it might not feel safe for everyone, so please do your research and find out what feels safest for you and your partner.   Here are a few links to get you started: Homebirth, by Henci Goer at ivillageThe Cochrane ReviewMANACitizens for Midwifery, An Article in the BBC NewsCAM (California Association of Midwives). American Association of Birth Centers and  Home Birth Reference Site.

Who is the midwife and assistant that will come to my birth?

One of the ways that we keep your family safe is to make sure that you always have a well rested midwife on your team.  GraceFull works like a small home birth practice with two midwives, Sarah & Kara, sharing call of one week on and one week off.  Even though you are in a "group" practice, there are only two midwives who you will get to know intimately.

One of the questions we always get is "How do we create a connection with the midwife if we don't know who will be at our birth?"  Because we are not just going down a "list" where we spend our time with you at the prenatal, but we are getting to know you and and you are getting to know us so an intimate one-on-one connection can be made at our hour long prenatals.   All GraceFull Midwives are California Licensed Midwives and are not only licensed by the medical board, but also have the same essence in how we practice midwifery – from a love of the journey, excitement in seeing new souls being born, honed skills, learned wisdom – and we all enjoy going slow – especially after the baby is born.  (Where are we going to rush off to??  Hanging out in the oxytocin is the best part!)

Each midwife will have a midwife assistant show up at your birth when you start pushing. All of our assistants have either medical board or nursing license so you will have two trained professionals at your birth in case there is an emergency for either mom or baby.  You may not have a chance to meet our assistant before you give birth and we hope that is not an issue, because the assistant is there to assist the midwife and make sure you stay safe.  And once you meet us you will understand that we love going to births, so we will have assistants that love the process of birth too (and have birthed their own children at home, so they have complete respect for what you are choosing to do.)

Years of experience has taught us that it is not about who is there at the birth, because ultimately we are not birthing your baby - you are.  All of us at GraceFull - from the midwives to our volunteers - trust.  We believe in your body, we trust your baby and we know that the right midwife and the right assistant will show up for exactly what you need.

Elizabeth, who created GraceFull Birthing, is spending most of her times these days teaching childbirth ed classes and midwifing the business of GraceFull Birthing so it can continue to thrive and serve our community for years.   Elizabeth is the backup midwife on call and continues to work one on one with past families at no additional cost.   Every once in a while there are new families who come to GraceFull wanting to work one on one with Elizabeth either at home or the hospital.   Feel free to email us and request a private interview with Elizabeth so the two of you can connect and see if it is a good fit.  Please know there is an additional fee to have Elizabeth be on call 24/7 for new clients.

What hospitals do you transport to?

We are so fortunate to have so many supportive choices for transport of care at GraceFull.

Firstly, as Licensed Midwives we do not need to work with supervision, so technically, we can request lab work, ultrasound, referrals to other doctors, and we can transport you for non emergent and emergency situations to any hospital we choose.  (This is a new law as of January 1, 2014, so many practices do not know this.  If your care provider is uneducated about this, please let us know and Elizabeth will contact him/her to set up a time to go over GraceFull's protocols and the new LM laws).

GraceFull is proud of your reputation within our birthing community as a responsible and safe practice.  It is for this reason what we have a solid relationship with Dr. Tony Chin at Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills. who has agreed to be the transport of care for our mammas.  We also work with, Dr. Rogers who practices out of Good Sam and California Hospital, Dr. Ronald Wu at Glendale Adventist and Dr. Kerri Parks at Glendale Adventist.   Please know, if you don't want to meet with a doctor, you don't have to, because our closest hospitals - Good Sam and California Hospital - will welcome you as a GraceFull Family if you do need to transport.

The closest hospitals to GraceFull's Birthing Center are Good Sam (1.6m), Kaiser Sunset (1.6m) and Children's Hospital (1.4m), which is the best place in town for a true emergency situation with a newborn.

What is does it mean that you are an "Accredited" Birthing Center?

In the Los Angeles area we have lots of birthing center, most of which are "unaccredited".   We are the first to become "accredited" in Los Angeles.   So, what does that mean?   It means that we adhere to a set of standards that make sure we are responsible not only for our choices as midwives and health care professionals, but also as a business in good standing.  We have to have detailed medical protocols in place that we all follow that not only allow us to practice safely, but also communicate with the local hospitals and doctors in a language that they can understand. We've met some simple requirements, for instance our birthing center is in a medically zoned building.  Then there are tedious things that are required, like the submitting regularly of data to support the advancement of out of hospital birthing.

We are proud to be part of the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, which has created a structure and form that keeps us medically and fiscally responsible, while at the same time encouraging us to continue being an environmentally respectful center offering the connected personalized care we are known for.

Oh, and one of the reasons we are doing this is because we are hoping (and praying) that down the road the CABC can help get Birthing Center Births paid for by ALL insurances!  A midwife can dream....

What tests must I have? Do I have to have any ultrasounds?

As California Licensed Midwives we practice in alignment with our Medical Board License which dictates a standard model of care that is evidence based.  As community midwives we trust you as parents and practice with informed consent.

Informed consent means that you are given information by the midwife of the risks and benefits of a test or drug and then you give us you parental approval to accept or decline a test or drug. Our information is based on three things: 1) our midwifery licensing, 2) anecdotal information and 3) our transport of care hospital/doctor’s boundaries. Our Midwifery Protocols are in alignment with our Medical Board License, which has us legally bound to offer standard of care that has at least 3 scientific studies to back up the information we give you.  We as woman also recognize the wisdom of complimentary medicines and those who have gone before, so in addition to scientific data, we will also offer you anecdotal information. Our license also requires us to have a transport of care plan, and that doctor or hospital might have its own boundaries.

We will offer you all testing and drugs as required by state law, and support you to find out what works for you as the parents of this child.  If you choose to decline some part of standard care then you must take responsibility for this choice and sign an “Informed Consent” paper that states that you informed about the risks you are taking and are acknowledging full responsibility for your choice.

Regarding ultrasounds, we do not require routine ultrasound but will ask you to have one if there is something going on with your body or your baby that indicates a need for more information (e.g.: ruling our of twins, breech baby or a low lying placenta). There are some transport of care providers who will require ultra sounds in order to secure their services. If you do not want an ultra sound we can find you a transport of care option that will allow for that choice.

Philosophically speaking, you are the parents of your child, and we as your midwives will not be raising your child, so we will not tell you what to do. We at GraceFull look at all choices as ‘parenting decisions’. We are passionate about helping you not just birth your baby, but parent your child. Being informed, finding clarity and then standing in your truth as to what is best for you and your family – whether it is scientific or anecdotal – is an important part of becoming a parent, and you will always have our full support no matter what your choices and/or beliefs are.

 

 

Do you bring medical equipment to the birth?

Yes we do!  We believe that pregnancy and birth is a normal life event, but should that event go outside of normal, we really appreciate having our medical equipment at the birth so that the situation does not turn into an emergency. Along with our herbs and homeopathy to support you at every stage of labor, we also have oxygen tanks (for mom and/or baby), a bag and mask (in case baby needs to be resuscitated), pharmaceuticals to stop a mom who is bleeding too much, IV fluids (for dehydration and/or antibiotics) and antibiotics (in case of prolonged rupture or a GBS + mom).  All of our midwives and their assistants are trained in Neo-Natal Resuscitation and have you and your baby's safety as our top priority.

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

A Doula is the emotional support and physical comfort for the mom and family either during labor, which is called a Labor Doula, or after the baby is born, which is called a Post Partum Doula.  A doula is not licensed by the medical board, nor can she perform medical tasks.

A Midwife is in charge of the physical safety and well being of both the mom and baby through Pre-natals, Labor, Birth and the Post Partum periods.

Are you a doula? Do I need to hire a doula?

As much as we know about positions to get you into to help baby come out, and how to use a reboza to turn a baby… and as much as we love to put a cool cloth on you and tell you what a great job you are doing… we can’t do that for a long labor AND be well rested when baby comes out.

Our first priority is the safety and well being of you and your baby.  Because we do not know if your birth will be long or short, your midwife and her team will take turns listening to baby and resting to make sure that they are alert for any emergency situations when your baby is being born and the immediate post partum period.

If you feel you are wanting one on one care, with someone to rub your back, get you cool cloths, make you food and be with you from the first contraction, then, getting a doula might be a really good idea.   Also, we don’t want to be your ‘everything’ – we want to help you create a community of support around you, and hiring a doula can be another layer of that team.  We love working with doulas, and they love working with us!!

We are fortunate to have an Advanced Doula training that our Midwife Elizabeth co-facilitates with Erica Chidi.  This 6  month program pairs newer doulas with senior doulas as they are taught the GraceFull way of supporting families through presence, connection and clear communication.  During their training both the newer and experienced doulas are part of the GraceFull Doula Registry.  There is no additional cost for you to interview a few of our doulas.  The fee for doula services vary depending on years of experience and expertise.  Average Los Angeles prices for a birthing doulas range from $100 (brand new doula) to $2800 (seasoned doula) and post partum doulas $15 (brand new) to $45 (experienced) - and everything inbetween.

Feel free to email: doulas@gracefull.com or call 323.391.3280 to connect with a doula and learn more.  And if you want to cast a wider net, check out DASC, talk to your local yoga instructor or see who your friends used.  We are happy to work with anyone you feel should be there supporting your family during this life changing event.

What tests do you do? Do I need to see a doctor?

We are able to draw blood, provide vaginal/urinal cultures and pap smears in the comfort of GraceFull’s office.   Ultra Sounds, Amnios and CVSs are done at a Doctor’s office (this is a good time to meet your back up physician).  We have quite a few choices in local doctors that trust how we work and are willing to back us up for transport of care situations.  These doctors would like you to visit with you at least once so that they can put a name to a face, and you can know who they are, should you need to transfer your care during labor.  If you have a desire to have an ultra sound (and we do not require them) it is a great idea to do that when you meet the transfer of care doctor.  Other than that, there is no need to see a doctor, unless we have some concerns during your pregnancy.  If you are comfortable with transporting into a group practice, Good Samaritan Hospital (which is 1.6 miles from the birth center) will receive you with without having to meet them first.

How often do we meet for prenatals? What happens at a typical appointment?

Just like an OB, we will meet once a month until 28 weeks, when we will meet twice a month.  At 36 weeks we will start our weekly visits until you give birth.   Unlike an OB, we will spend 45 – 60 minutes at each visit.

It takes about 10 minutes to make sure that your pregnancy is considered physically safe - or as the medical community likes to call it "low risk" - as we listen to baby, measure your belly, check your blood pressure and check your urine.  With the rest of our time we go through what every midwifery practice in town does - we discuss your diet, make sure you are getting plenty of nutrients, talk about exercise, discuss supplements and explain any of the upcoming tests with plenty of time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have so you may make an informed consent.

We are a group practice, but you will get plenty of time to get to know us as we get to know you.  At GraceFull we take the extra step to not only support your intention to have a safe and joy filed out of hospital birth, but also to help you become the kind of parents you want to be by discussing what the future tests are for so you can make an informed choice, discuss any fears or challenges you might have about birthing (or parenting) so we can make appropriate supportive plans for the labor and the post partum time.

We believe that most of the work is done before labor has even begun, so it does not matter who the midwife is who shows up because all of us are skilled to help babies come out that might be a bit stuck and are skilled to deal with emergencies.  We look forward to our prenatals time with you so we can get to know you - and you get to know us - so that we can create a field of trust for you to gently birth your baby at your home or our center.

How available are you outside of office hours? How can we connect with you electronically?

Outside of our prenatal hours we are available by text, email, phone and skype.  If there is any kind of urgent phone call, please do connect with us and wake us up even if it is the middle of the night.

The best way to ask us questions is through our EMR.  Everything is kept on record there so you can look up old questions, check your blood work, see what happened at your last prenatal and go through the handouts any time you want.

If you have a partner who is out of town - or maybe you are on a holiday, there are lots of apps we can use with you to connect. Skype is a great way to include partners who are out of the state (or even the country) in prenatal exams so that he (or she) can also listen to the baby and ask questions. Also, if you are planning to be away for an extended period of time, we can set up skype prenatal visits so you can experience continuity of care.

Do you accept insurance for birthing with GraceFull?

YES!!!  For many years we struggled with understanding and fighting insurances.  We are very pleased with our current situation as we have contracted with a billing service so that your out of pocket costs will be greatly reduced when you work with GraceFull.  Here is what that means for you:  you do not have to deal with the hassle of a super bill and your out of pocket fees are lowered (because we try to get in network exceptions before you birth and will itemize your bill if we have to).  We have a set fee for our services; but, if your insurance will pay a portion of that fee, you only pay us the amount your insurance will not cover and then we deal with hassling the insurance to get the rest of the monies. To state it another way, at 36 weeks you only pay your "out of pocket" costs, not your whole fee and then we will bill your insurance after you give birth.  Like every other midwifery practice in town, we can not gaurentee what insurance will pay; but, with our current billing service (which is included for free) you will not have to wait for your insurance company to reimburse you.

What happens if you have an insurance that says they will not pay for the birth but it is rumoured that they will?  (Which is typical with Blue Sheild Insurance).  In these situations we have another option for you.  Similarly to our other program, we work with an insurance advocate (at no extra cost to you) who will work with you on the patient side, estimate your out of pocket expenses and will submit all of your billing paperwork after you give birth on your behalf.  Even in this situation you will not have to stress about submitting, re-submitting & appealing to your insurance as she will do all that for you.

Also, our prices are created to work with insurance, maximizing the amount of monies they will pay out for our services.  If your insurance will not cover our services we offer generous cash discounts or for timely payments by 36 weeks which you will find make us financially in alignment with most local midwifery practices.

Please note, what insurance companies will and will not pay is the same for every midwifery practice and birthing center in the Los Angeles area that is considered 'out-of-network' and none of the Los Angeles midwifery practice can guarantee insurance payments.  If your insurance tries to pull a fast one on us and decides to not pay our fees, even after we appeal the bill, please know, we are just as upset as you are and you are still responsible to pay our full fee.   Also, it is illegal for California insurance companies to discriminate between CNMs and CPMs in regards to what they will pay out to you.

We believe that every woman deserves good supportive care, so please do let us know if you are having financial hardship, and we'd be happy to work something out.  We understand that finances can be a challenge with a growing family, but if you do your research you might find that your out of pocket costs for a hospital birth might be the same or even more than your out of pocket costs for a home birth or a birth center birth.

Do you provide a birth tub?

We have 2 beautiful oversized, fully plumbed birthing tubs in our spacious birthing rooms where we have gone the extra step to make sure all of the water is chemical free so your baby will be born in quality drinking water.   The use of the tub is included in your facility fee.   If you birth in your home we can use your tub, you can buy a kiddie pool for $35 dollars online or our student Andrey rents a Professional Grade Birth Pool In A Box (yes, it is the one with a seat) with all the attachment extras (hose, adaptor, liner & thermometer) plus she will drop it off, set it up, take it down (that means no cleaning up for you) and then pick it up all for $300.

You can also buy your own inflatable birthing tubs on line at Birth Solutions.

What areas do you serve?

GraceFull’s services are rather unique and we find that the right families will travel from anywhere to birth with us.   We have families that work with us from all over the Greater Los Angeles Community including as far away as Pomona, Ojai and Long Beach.  Our office is easy to find in Silverlake and has both lot parking and free street parking.   Remember, if you are coming from a traffic challenged area, we have Saturday and week night office hours to avoid LA traffic and support working families.

Do you support VBAC’s?

Yes, we will support you in a VBAC if our doctor gives you the okay that it is safe for you to have a trial of labor outside of the hospital.  We know that our VBAC mammas have done lots of research and are well informed about the risks for both mom and baby.  While VBACs are physically safe, they are a political 'hot-potatoe' within the Los Angeles Hospital community.  If your labor is unable to progress and you do transport to a hospital you may not be greeted with a smile.  Yeah, we know that is not something you may not want to hear, but unfortunately that can be the truth.  This fact has nothing to do with our midwifery practice, or your body; it has to do with the Los Angeles Hospitals view of out of hospital VBACs.

If you are interested in talking with us give Megan, our office manager a call.  She will set up a meeting with all the midwives so we can make sure we are a good fit for al of us.

If you are on the fence about an out of hospital VBAC, we do know lots of great doctors at local hospitals who will support you for a beautiful hospital VBAC.  For more info on VBAC’s, check out these site: vbac.com, Vbacfacts.com & ican.org.

Do you offer psychological services for both the prenatal and postpartum times?

We believe that emotional & mental well being are just as important as physical health and that everyone deserves good support.  Our goal is to make sure that you not only have a few tools in your tool box, but you also have a good network of support in place for when your baby comes into the world.   We have quite a few choices to fit your time and budget.  We have licensed therapists offering weekly classes,  a licensed psychologist offering periodic workshops, private on-site support, as well as referral options to clinicians who specialize in maternal mental health.  And the good news is you don't have to birth with GraceFull to take advantage of our resources!  You can birth anywhere in the Los Angeles area, with whomever makes you feel safe, and still join us for a class or workshop.

Are there other birth centers in town?

Good news: yes there are! We are very fortunate to have so many choices in Los Angeles, each with it’s own decor, group of midwives and unique presence. Each center has certified and skilled midwives serving our community and we encourage you to check them out: The Community Birth Center, The Sanctuary Birth Center, Natural Birth Center, Del Mar Birth Center, The Art of Nursing and Santa Clarita Birth and Women’s Health Center.  We have a saying in our field, “For every mother there is the right midwife”.   Our goal at GraceFull is to help you make your decisions with clarity.  We want you to find the right space that helps you settle and relax so you can have a calm, relaxed and enjoyable birth.  If you meet us and you are clear that we are not the right center for you – and another midwife or obstetrician offers the care that feels right for you – then we have done our job and done it well.  Even if you do not birth with us, feel free to be part of our community and join us for birthing classes, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathic care, lactation support and mommy and me classes!

How do you feel about us having someone there to photograph the birth?

We love that idea.  This is not our birth, but the birth of your child, your family.  We love the idea that you will be able to tell your child – via words or photos – this story over and over again.  We work with full disclosure and transparency, so there is nothing we are hiding and you can film everything. You can even download your child’s entire birth story from our perspective from the EMR after the birth.  We really enjoy working with Joanna Wilson and her Husband Brian, Sholmete Bard and Orit Harpez (for photography) and Jodie Meyers (for videography).  If you don’t have the funds for someone professional, let us know as we have quite a few volunteers who would be willing to hold a camera for you in exchange for being at the birth of your child.

Do I have to be pregnant to see your Massage Therapist, Chiropractor & Acupuncturist?

No. Not only do you not have to be pregnant, but our complimentary medicine providers will see men, children and females of all ages and stages of life.  Plus, we work with an insurance biller, so where we can, we can take your insurance to reduce costs for your whole family.

How often do we get together for Post Partum Visits?

We will come to your home within 24-48 hours after you give birth.  We try and stagger this visit around your pediatrician visit so you are not to overwhelmed after you give birth.   For the first week after you give birth someone will give you a call every day to check in and see how you and your baby are.  between 7-10 days post partum you will come back to our office for another visit.  We find that our families look forward to their first formal outing back to the place where they came weekly for prenatal visits.   The three week visit is optional.  Our third time mammas are not that interested while our first time mammas look forward to hanging out with us again.  The the last visit is sometime between 6-8 weeks post partum where we will do a well woman exam and make sure you have no additional questions.

After that time you might decide to continue with our community and join one of our lactation support groups or our mommy and me classes.

 

Do you accept Insurance for Acupuncture, Chiropractic & Lactation Services?

Again, the answer is: Yes!  We have an insurance biller who will estimate you deductible and co-pays and let you know how many visits are included.  If your insurance covers these services, than we will happily bill them to make your life easier and allow our services to be more affordable.

What are the benefits of birthing at your center?

We are proud to be Los Angeles's first Accredited Birthing Center with the CABC!!!  We worked our butts off to get this accreditation and we feel it is worth it.  We have to adhere to a comprehensive sets of business, medical and professional standards that keep you safe, us compliant while allowing our unique personality to still shine through.

For us midwifery is not just a job, but a calling and a lifestyle.  We have extending our belief in "natural" options first by making sure our birthing center is a natural and environmentally respectful as possible.   As we like to say, "Everything is environmentally sustainable where we could afford it!"  The beds are up-cycled cast iron so mamma can have something to grab onto if she wants to squat, with organic and sustainable mattresses from a local family owned company called Custom Comfort. The sheets are from Sacred Sleep, a like minded company that creates sustainable eucalyptus sheets that wicks away sweat and our bath towels are 100% organic from a fabulous east coast company called sOUP.  To support your birth we have lots of extras, including 2 birthing balls (one big, one small), 3 birthing chairs (one for inside the water, one with a cushioned seat for outside the water and a larger wooden one that allows the sacrum to really open up) and two birthing swing made specifically for mammas who want to hang, dangle or be supported in a low squat.  Oh, and did you read yet that the water is all chemical free drinking water, so not only will you labor in this gentle water; but your baby will be born completely void of harmful chemicals and detergents?  We really want your family to start out without harsh chemicals, so even when we clean our center we use toxic-free hospital grade cleaning solutions where ever we can.

Think of us as your luxury spa or your warm and comfortable home away from home.  GraceFull has been intentionally built from the ground up for easy, supportive, loving and joy-filled births. And when we say "intentional" we really mean it - our walls, on the underside of our tubs, the tiles and flooring - all of it has been covered in loving, supportive words from our community.  Our center is literally infused with love, joy and trust.

Maybe your home is small.  Or the walls are thin in your apartment.  Or you are wanting to birth in our extra large tubs.  Or maybe you want to be 1.6 miles away from a transport hospital where you will be warmly received and compassionately supported to transition gently if your birth goes outside of normal.  People choose a birthing center for many different reasons.

And, our prices are created to work with your insurance, so if they do not cover our facility fee, we will be able to offer your generous discount so you can afford to birth at our home.

We work with full transparency and try and walk our talk in regards to how we want to respect mother earth so she will be here for the future generation we are birthing gracefully!

Are you considered "In-Network" with insurance?

No.  And here is why.

1) If we become an "in-network" provider we ruin it for all the other birthing center in town, because they will no longer be able to get "in-network exceptions" - which means you will be limited to where you can choose to give birth.  Not only is this not fair to other birthing centers in town, but the insurance companies give us a 30 mile radius. If you know Los Angeles well, this can create an un-safe birth as you might end up in traffic for an hour trying to get to an "in-network" birthing center 20 miles away.

2) Insurance companies pay out SO LITTLE to us if we become "in-network" we would never be able to run our business and keep our doors open - unless we overbooked out clients and then spent about 10 minutes with you at a prenatal.

We, like the other birthing centers in town, refuse to be manipulate by insurance companies and play that game.  But, what we are doing is working with an insurance biller to help you get an "in-network exception" and continue to talk with insurance companies so they understand how much money they save by paying for out of hospital births, which we hope will help with getting better re-imbursements down the road ...

Can you help me figure out my insurance before we interview?

Yes!  As we have mentioned, we have an in-house biller at no extra fee to you once you sign up with GraceFull who will work with your insurance in a way that will allow midwifery care, home births and birth center births to be affordable.  If you would like to get an estimate of your costs before you meet with us (or any other midwifery practice in town) Nicole Lee, owns a company called:  Natural Health Advocates.  For a fee of $25 she will join you in a phone conversation with your insurance to ask all the right questions and explain your insurance benefits and out of pocket costs to you.    Nicole works with many midwifery practices in town, so if you choose to birth with another practice, this information will still be useful.  Feel free to call or email her directly 818.925.0642, info@nhadvocate.info.

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GraceFull Birthing INC

2815 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

2 blocks west of Silverlake Blvd

#105 - Birthing Center

#205 - Classroom & Practitioners

 

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What Is Empowerment?

Empowerment does not 'look' a certain way but comes from the process of KNOWING all your choices and then having CLARITY with what one chooses. It is in the process of choosing, where power and authority over ones self & ones body is maintained, is where the empowerment lives. This philosophy can be translated into any parenting decision - from birth to breastfeeding to family vacations - and GraceFull is here to support your choice.

You Are Amazing!!!

We are in awe of you & would be honored to be your tour guide as you journey into parenthood. We trust that your body & baby know exactly how to not only be born, but to communicate with us if something is outside of normal so we can bring in another layer of support. We continue to be humbled by the strength & wisdom at the core of your being. If for some reason you forget, we are happy to remind you of this truth.

I Want to Birth at a Hospital

Cool. You know what is right for your family and we fully support you! GraceFull's Services and Classes support the Community and are not exclusive to our midwifery care. We are serious about making a change in the world through acceptance, kindness and love. Come join us in breaking the barriers of competition within the birth and parenting worlds and take part in our neutral, judgement-free community.

Inclusivity without Exclusivity

We are so passionate about your empowerment that we promise not to coerce or pressure you into birthing with us or use any of our services that don't resonate with you. We are also working on creating village care that will be affordable and anyone can join in on. Yeah, we know we think differently, and so do you. And, we'd be honored to have our community be part of your village.