Heart 2 Heart Birth Center was founded by Midwife Michelle Graf-Dixon with the sole purpose of serving our community with the highest level of midwifery care available to Florida patients. Midwives are birth junkies. They are all passionate about their work. Some do home birth, some deliver babies in birth centers, and some midwives deliver in hospitals. Heart 2 Heart focuses on birth center care only at this time.
Yes, we do water birth. We designed our birth suites at Heart 2 Heart Birth Center to cater to your desire for a peaceful, beautiful, and carefully attended water birth. Our tubs are jetted and heated and deep.
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Prenatal care is an important part of being pregnant. In fact, prenatal care is the cornerstone to healthy pregnancy and it has many aspects. Our midwives meet with you throughout your pregnancy to make sure that everything’s going smoothly, and also offer some advice for any problems along the way! Visits are every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks. At 36 weeks we do a “Birth Prep” visit, where we go over all the final birth planning before baby comes. Then, visits are weekly until you go into labor. Labs are gently drawn in our office for your convenience and in office ultrasounds are unlimited and are videos that we can sen directly to your phone during your visit!
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We believe that each woman deserves to feel comfortable during her pregnancy and birth experience. For this reason, our center always provides private rooms for expectant clients — whereas at most hospitals you’ll be moved into a semi-private room once delivered unless your insurance covers it (many don’t). We are not currently offering home birth as a standard service but there can be some extenuating circumstances that we will make exceptions for. If this option is a matter of safety (a history of fast births), we can discuss this option at our consultation visit. *Our contracts for insurance do not cover this option, so this is automatically a self pay rate of $8000.00
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Our birth center is the only center in Florida that offers an extended stay option after your baby has been delivered of up to 24 hours to rest, relax, and recoup at your pace. Our families return at 2 days, 2 weeks and again at 6 weeks for a final farewell visit. The first few weeks after giving birth are an exciting time as your body heals and adjusts to the fact that you’re no longer pregnant. There will be many changes for each woman, but they all center around one thing: getting back into shape! At Heart 2 Heart Birth Center, we take this time period into consideration and help you learn what options are available to you after your birth. we highly recommend a visit with Dr. Madi Sweeney, DC for an adjustment and we give each patient a referral to Ability rehab for pelvic floor evaluation after each birth for core health for the rest of your life.
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Not all births will happen at the birth center or home. Sometimes it is necessary to go to a local hospital. If this happens, it does not mean you are not under our care anymore. We think of it as a “detour” and once the baby has been delivered and you are discharged, you are back in under our postpartum care.
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