Over the past several years, Babymoon Inn birth center has become a fixture in the birthing community. We’ve had the honor to witness the creation of hundreds of new families. Maybe you’ve walked in the doors of Babymoon, come to our midwives for prenatal care, birthed at the birth center, attended prenatal classes, or brought your baby to a postpartum group or activity at The Nest. Maybe you’ve raved about the snacks in the lobby, the freshly brewed teas offered daily, the amazing shower that never runs out of hot water, or the loving staff who was there for you from the moment you scheduled your tour to the moment you found your mommy tribe at our weekly Inn Mommies group. But we are betting there are a few things you didn’t know about Babymoon Inn!
Five Things You May Not Know About Babymoon Inn
Babymoon Inn will celebrate its fourth birthday this summer, but it wasn’t always located at 215 E. Lexington Avenue. Babymoon was originally located a few miles away. After a zoning error on the part of the city , the birth center moved to its current location on Lexington Avenue. One piece of equipment transferred to the new Lexington location: the large jetted bath tub that currently resides in Birthing Suite 1! The building that now houses The Nest was acquired in 2011 and was previously used as our office. In 2012, the Babymoon offices moved to our current location on Morris Drive, allowing for the birth of The Nest and our many community outreach programs!
Babymoon Inn is the oldest freestanding birth center in Phoenix. After a transformative experience at a birth center in Texas, Babymoon founders Julia and Steven Hall moved to Phoenix, where the only birth center had recently closed. Pregnant with their third child and passionate about midwifery care, they got to work and opened up a birth center of their own. It became a family affair as the three Hall children all pitched in to help paint, dig, and shovel 10,000 pounds of gravel. Ever notice the mail slot in the bathroom? That’s where the entrance to the building used to be! A prior remodel closed in this area and moved the door to the north side of the building (see picture at the top of the post), and Babymoon remodeled again to create our large second bathroom, necessitating the move of the front door to its current location on the east side of the building!
The footprints on the wall above the large bath tub belong to the first three babies born in the birth center. All three babies were born in that room in that very tub! The second birthing room was still under construction. If we had continued with this tradition, the walls would be covered as hundreds of babies have arrived since those first little feet went up!
More babies have been born in the “brown” room than in the larger, lighter room. The two birthing suites were purposely and carefully designed to be opposites. The darker room, also known as a “cave room,” is meant to be dark, warm, enveloping, and cave-like. Many mammals are designed to seek out warm, calm, private, safe places to give birth – and some humans are no different! For women who wish to retreat into a cave to give birth, the brown room can accommodate this. For women who want more light and space, the larger room will accommodate those needs. To date, Babymoon mommies have birthed in both rooms, both tubs, the bathroom, the bedroom floors, the doorway, and on the bean bag (we’ve replaced it three times)!
After a great four years with a thriving practice, Babymoon is ready to grow again! Big things are on the horizon – including the potential purchase of the small building immediately next to the current birth center. Our immediate goal is to remodel the building into an upgraded office space where we can expand our practice to include different providers and services. This upgrade would also include plumbing to allow for additional birthing rooms in the future. Babymoon Inn is looking for investors. If you are interested in joining in the purchase of the real estate, please contact Steven Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Ann, Babymoon’s administrative assistant and expert baby snuggler:
My husband and I have decided to “follow my dream” of living on a lake. As a child, I spent all of my summers at my grandparent’s lake house in Michigan. The desire to return to a lake and the “north woods” have remained with me. The day we were married, my husband promised me we would fulfill that dream. Now, after 30 years, we are doing it!
We are excited to embrace everything that comes with living on a lake, especially the sunrise and sunset, the breezes, and the sound of lapping water. And yes, we know there also comes snow, freezing temperatures, and mosquitoes! We look forward to great times with family and friends. I appreciate my husband’s excitement in joining me in “cold country” as the whole adventure warms my heart.
I will miss my Babymoon family immensely, but know you are in good hands with our midwives and staff! Each of you is fulfilling your own dreams with a beautiful birth at Babymoon Inn, and I feel blessed to have been a part of your journey. Let’s all continue to dream BIG!
Recently, Babymoon Inn posted a photo on our Facebook page of a strong, capable, confident mother standing in one of our birthing rooms, catching her baby, soon to lift him to her chest and welcome him to the world. Not visible in the picture was the doula, who snapped the picture, or the midwife, standing directly behind the mother with her hands just below the baby.
Within 24 hours of posting the picture, it had received 23,000 views and 750 likes and had been shared nearly 50 times. To our total surprise, we also received several comments questioning the authenticity of the photo. A few comments were ignorant or rude, calling us “liars” and telling us to stop posting our “phony” photos. But the others were respectful and genuinely curious. Was this real? Could birth look like this?
We realized that while our birth center may see births like this every day, most people never have the honor of witnessing a truly physiological birth. This photo gave a rare, Facebook-appropriate glimpse at an unhindered birth, eliciting an enormous – and almost entirely positive – response from thousands of people. And some of those people had questions. If it was real. If it was safe. If birth could really look like this.
The answer is yes.
Yes, this photo is real. Yes, this birth was safe. And yes, birth can look like this.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to birth your baby. Sometimes babies come through the vaginal canal. Sometimes they are born through an incision in the uterus. Sometimes they swim into existence in a tub of warm water. Sometimes a baby arrives into the waiting hands of a doctor. Or a midwife. Or the baby’s father. Or its mother. Or its sister. Sometimes a baby isn’t born into anyone’s hands – instead baby arrives gently and peacefully on a bed and is then scooped up by a mother who chose to savor that last second of anticipation before holding her baby for the first time.
Yes, birth can look like this.
Sometimes mothers birth their babies lying down. Sometimes they do it standing up. Or squatting. Or kneeling. Or on their hands and knees. Sometimes it’s in a bed. Or a bath tub. Or a shower. Or on the toilet. Sometime it’s in a hospital. Or a birth center. Or at home. Or outside. Sometimes mothers birth their babies surrounded by a room of people. Sometimes they do it alone. Sometimes they are loud and primal. Sometimes they are silent.
Yes, birth can look like this.
Sometimes birth is messy. Sometimes babies are covered in blood. Or meconium. Or vernix. Sometimes they’re not. Sometimes babies come out facing down. Or facing up. Or feet first. Sometimes birth takes days and days. Sometimes you never see it coming. Sometimes women give birth without medication. Sometimes they get an epidural. Sometimes women give birth exactly how they planned and imagined. Or it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. Or it’s better than anything they could have imagined. Sometimes women need to heal from their birth experience. Sometimes they are broken by it. Or elated by it. Sometimes they find ecstasy in it. Sometimes in birth, women discover a strength they never knew they possessed.
*Diana Petersen received her journalism degree at the University of Arizona. She is a DONA-certified doula and Lamaze-certified childbirth educator at Babymoon Inn, an accredited birth center in Phoenix, Arizona. She also had the honor of being the doula in attendance at the birth pictured above. For more information about Babymoon Inn, please visit http://www.babymooninn.com. To follow Babymoon Inn on Facebook, click here.
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Our beloved administrative assistant, Ann, is fulfilling a lifelong dream and will be leaving Babymoon Inn to spend her days relaxing by her new lakefront home in Wisconsin. While happy for Ann, we are also sad to be losing her as a member of our team!
We are looking for someone who can fill Ann’s shoes! Please see job description and qualifications below.
Position: Administrative Assistant
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9-5, Tuesday and Thursday 9 – 7, every other Saturday 9:30 – 12:30
Job Description: Babymoon’s Administrative Assistant will be responsible for answering phones, scheduling appointments, planning and attending tours of the birth center, greeting clients, performing various clerical duties, opening and closing the office each day and performing light janitorial duties, and serving as the assistant to Babymoon Inn’s Executive Director. The administrative assistant is flexible, willing to step outside his or her comfort zone, and has an impeccable work ethic. This position is not suitable for bringing a child to work.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Comfortable with technology and able to easily learn new software programs
- Commitment to superior customer service
- Professionalism in both appearance and demeanor
- Experience working in a clinical setting and knowledge of HIPAA and EMR systems preferable
- Knowledge of and passion for pregnancy, birth, and babies a plus
To apply for this position, please email your resume and a letter of intent to email@example.com with the subject line “Job Opening.” We look forward to hearing from you!
**Babymoon Inn is also always looking for registered nurses with labor and delivery experience and a passion for out-of-hospital birth! If this sounds like you, we would love to see your resume as well!
A common question we hear at Babymoon Inn is: “How will I know when I am in labor… and what do I DO?” After months of waiting and preparing, early labor has begun and baby is on the way! Regardless of where you ultimately intend to birth, early labor is best spent in the comfort of your own home, where you feel safe and comfortable and labor can unfold on its own without any external influences or interruptions. And while every labor is different, below is a general idea of what you may feel and experience during early labor.
- Contractions far apart and possibly irregular
- Labor may start… and stop… and start… and stop. This may continue for days.
- Contractions may be increasingly uncomfortable but are fairly manageable
- Mom can talk through contractions
- Mom feels energetic, excited, optimistic
What To Do in Early Labor:
- Stay home. It’s probably not time to go to the birth center or hospital yet.
- REST. If it is the middle of the night – attempt to sleep even if you aren’t able to fully fall asleep between contractions. Your birth partner needs to rest too, so he/she will have the necessary energy to be a source of strength and support as labor progresses.
- Eat nourishing foods; hydrate.
- Carry on with your day as normal, being mindful to conserve energy.
- Sit on a birthing ball.
- Snuggle with your loved one.
- Go for a light walk; get some fresh air.
- Finish packing your bag for the hospital or birth center.
- Nest! Wash baby clothes, reorganize the bookshelf, and set up the co-sleeper.
- Ask your partner for a massage.
- Take a bath (if your bag of waters is broken, check with your midwife first).
- Watch TV or work on a project (baking cookies, knitting, crafting, etc.).
- Deny, deny, deny… Try to ignore your contractions.
- Listen to your body. Do you want to stand? Walk? Sway? Lay down? Trust your instincts.
- Call your midwife or doula! Especially if you or your partner feel anxious, your midwife is available to encourage and reassure you, and to determine when is a good time to come to the birth center. Don’t ever hesitate to touch bases with your midwife or doula. We are there for YOU!
What NOT To Do in Early Labor:
- DON’T panic! Not only is it safe to labor at home, but mom’s body will make quicker progress in the safety and comfort of your home. You have been preparing for this for nine months: Remember that birth is a normal event, and you have all the tools you need to labor peacefully at home with a supportive birth partner.
- DON’T time every contraction. Having a general idea of how often contractions are occurring is enough; there is no need to time all of your contractions. The intensity of the contractions is as important as the timing.
- DON’T stay up all night thinking about labor. REST!
- DON’T exert excessive energy.
- DON’T announce on Facebook that you are in labor. Should your labor stop and start or be somewhat lengthy (which is NORMAL), you will then be dealing with constant inquiries as to your progress! Try to avoid external influences such as these that may cause unnecessary stress (which in turn slows oxytocin production and therefore progress in labor).
Remember that the process of labor and birth is usually (but not always!) a marathon and not a sprint. It may take hours, or it may take days. How you handle early labor will affect on the rest of your labor and birth, so use this time to rest, relax, find peace, and enjoy these last precious moments while your baby is still on the inside!
To learn more about early labor and the rest of the birth process, sign up for Babymoon Inn’s Ready, Set, Grow™ series of childbirth preparation classes. Read about it here: http://babymooninn.com/classes/readysetgrow/
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It is with great joy and excitement that Babymoon Inn announces the launch of the Babymoon Inn Doulas. After more than a year researching, interviewing, and fine-tuning this concept, our doulas are ready to bring expecting families the highest level of support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond.
The Babymoon Inn Doulas aim to bring the support of Babymoon to the birth location of your choosing, whether it be the hospital, your home, or a birth center. This passionate team of women is ready to help you achieve the birth you desire, wherever it may be.
When you choose the Babymoon Inn Doulas, you get all of the support Babymoon Inn has to offer. Included in our doula package is our entire series of childbirth preparation classes, a prenatal massage, unlimited phone/email support, basic birth photography (see sample photos here!) a birth plan meeting, access to our in-person and online support groups, and discounts on a variety of services including placenta encapsulation, photo shoots, and lactation consults.
Our doulas have an extensive and diverse background but all share the same goal: to serve women and their families during the sacred and beautiful journey of birth.
Visit our web page here
to learn more about our doulas and what is included in our package. As a launch special, we are offering 10% off to anyone who books in January. Call 602-314-7755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free consult!
We could not be more excited to welcome a “new” midwife to the Babymoon Inn team! Our very own Amy Lebbon RN, IBCLC has officially added CNM to her name and will now be transitioning into the role of certified nurse-midwife as our beloved Ashley prepares for maternity leave in a few months!
Amy has worked at Babymoon Inn for two years, providing labor support at the birth center and also serving as our facility manager while in midwifery school at Frontier Nursing University, the home of nurse-midwifery in the U.S. She brings more than 15 years of labor and delivery experience to Babymoon and has trained with and worked alongside some of the best midwives in Arizona. Amy is also a board-certified lactation consultant and feels strongly about providing immediate and continuing breastfeeding support to new mothers.
The oldest of nine children and a mother of four, Amy has traveled a journey through midwifery and breastfeeding education influenced by her own experiences and those of her mother. She is passionate about birth and breastfeeding and it shows. Ask her 12-year-old daughter what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will proudly reply, “A midwife and IBCLC!”
The Babymoon Inn staff recently had a blessing ceremony for Amy where we blessed her hands and officially welcomed her to the family in her new role.
Congratulations, Midwife Amy! We could not be any happier to have you on the Babymoon Inn team!