What if I have to transfer to a hospital?

Willowsong Nurse-Midwives now have admitting privileges at Broadlawns Medical Center and began offering planned hospital birth to women in September 2014. Women needing to or choosing to transfer for non-emergent reasons to Broadlawns can now stay in the care of the Willowsong Team!

Hospital transfers do happen, sometimes by choice, and sometimes by need. The birth center is located close to many wonderful hospitals. In the case of a non-emergent transfer you can choose the hospital of your choice. In the rare case of an emergency you will be transferred to either Iowa Methodist Medical CenterĀ or Mercy Medical Center, located only 5 minutes away. The majority of transfers occur in your family’s car. Some though, will need an ambulance to transport us to our hospital of choice. We love working with the local EMS crews if needed and are skilled at making any transfer smooth and quick.

For homebirth, it is the same. Our midwives only attend women at home who live within a thirty minute transfer time to a Level II hospital or Level I Trauma Center. This transfer time is standard of care for any provider on call for birth—whether that provider is transferring you into the hospital OR meeting you at the hospital.

Willowsong Midwifery Care has been operating in Des Moines since April 2001! Over the years we have established good relationships with many obstetrical physicians and the hospitals in which they work. This makes our transfers smooth and easy. The Willowsong birth team will never abandon you at the hospital door. We stay with our clients once they are in the hospital, transfer care to the team awaiting us with your full medical record and then provide support for you and your family until the end of your birth experience.

Numerous studies have shown that a planned birth center or home birth is as safe as a hospital birth for low-risk women. Women giving birth in these settings experience lower rates of intervention in birth, including lower usage of drugs for pain relief, fewer pitocin inductions and lower rates of induction overall, lower rates of episiotomy, fewer operative births, and lower cesarean section rates without compromising the safety of their births.