Our Birth Philosophy
We view birth as a natural event and not a medical emergency. Giving birth is a transformative experience, a journey that calls for expert care & safe assistance during the natural progression of childbirth
Tender Gifts Midwifery & Birth Center’s mission is to offer safe, comfortable, and empowering birth experiences. Our passion is providing women in our community with every opportunity to experience the birth they desire, whether that’s in the comfort of their own home or a freestanding birth center. As the first freestanding birth center in Northern Colorado, one of our biggest goals is to educate our clients on their options, while providing the highest level of safe, individualized and empowering care to the women in our community. Each expecting woman and their families deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, while receiving care with Tender Gifts Midwifery. Regardless of the journey you choose, our midwives will be there to support you through wellness care, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
PRENATAL CARE Tender Gifts Birth Center provides complete prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. Midwifery care is about trust and relationship and studies show that the more you know and trust your midwife, the safer the outcome for mother and baby.
LABOR AND BIRTH At your birth you will be supported by Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, trained birth assistants and midwifery students. They will be by your side every step of the way! Whether you choose your home or the birth center we will monitor your vital signs, the progress of labor, the baby’s heartbeat, and general well being.
NEWBORN CARE Whether you birth in our center or at home, we provide in depth postpartum and newborn care up to six weeks. This includes two home visits and three office visits. Your midwife is available to you during this period.
POSTPARTUM Once baby is born, the family will have time to quietly and privately bond with your baby. Once you are ready your midwife will give the newborn a thorough head-to-toe examination, weigh and measure baby, and monitor vital signs.
Tender Gifts Midwifery provides standard women’s health, with a focus on reproductive care. The current services provided include:
Our birth center the services will include:
- Natural fertility awareness
- Prenatal care
- Labor and delivery in client’s home or birth center
- Postpartum and well-baby care up to 6 weeks
- Labor and delivery in birth center with unique birthing
- Full family planning
- Well women services
- Ultrasound services
Personalized Care, Exceptional Staff
As an alternative to Homebirth, Tender Gifts Birth Center is Northern Colorado’s first full service birth center. Our center’s atmosphere will give you a caring, warm, and home-like environment where you are supported and respected as well as safe and secure. You will have a private room, bathroom & birthing tub so you can give birth the way you choose: make yourself comfortable, wear the clothing you choose, eat when you feel hungry, move as you please and choose to labor in a birth tub or have a waterbirth.
Our Birth Center Is Equipped With:
- Four Beautiful Birth
- Rooms With Big Comfy
- Birthing Tubs
- Prenatal Rooms Equipped With Everything Needed During Each Appointment
- Complete Full Service Lab
- Community Gathering Area
- Ultrasounds & On Trend Technologies In a Birth Center Environment
- Private Parking
- Convenient Midtown Fort Collins Location
Happy People Have Happy Births
“I cannot speak more highly of Tender Gifts Midwifery. As a doula I’ve worked with many care providers in the Northern Colorado area. However, I have now had the privilege of both working with them and having Tender Gifts Midwifery attend my own birth and I can say that they will be the first ones we call should we decide to have anymore tiny humans. They respect the power within women, empowers them through the tough spots, and maintains a safe and calm atmosphere. Everyone should have the opportunity to love their birth and this one was by far my favorite.”
THE MODERN MIDWIFE
Did you know that the word “Midwife” means “With Woman”? The role of a midwife is to walk beside you, in support and safety as you do the most natural thing in the world–give birth.
Midwives value communication and strive to develop a trusting, working relationship with the women and families they serve.
In the course of developing that relationship, midwives provide personalized and thorough care throughout preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond.
On average, expectant parents receive 14, one hour appointments of prenatal care during the term of pregnancy.
As your midwife, our priority is to ensure the safety of every mother and baby during the labor and delivery experience at home.
During the postpartum period, our intention is to preserve the emotional and physical wellbeing of mother and baby.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
“Can’t wait to have another so we can hire Althea! We love Althea! She is compassionate, knowledgeable, patient, and has a caring attitude. It is so easy to develop a friendly rapport with her, which is essential in your patient/midwife dialogue. She was the first to arrive on the scene for our homebirth. She was calm and confident and took over with great initiative and provided emotional stability for my family and I. Althea’s professionalism and competence allowed my mother to relax and enjoy the moment; which in turn allowed me to be present, focused and less distracted. My homebirth was a great experience.” – Joan and Seth