Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding Lifecycle WomanCare, our services, our providers, and who might be best served by our midwifery-based model of care. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you don’t find the answer to a question you have below, please contact us.

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Q: What is Lifecycle WomanCare?

A:  Lifecycle WomanCare, previously known as The Birth Center, is a provider of high-quality healthcare services for women throughout their lives, regardless of income. We were the first licensed birth center in Pennsylvania and are one of the oldest continually operating birth centers in the United States. We are committed to a model of healthcare based on fostering relationships between our clients and our experienced providers to drive exceptional health outcomes.

Q: What services does LWC offer?

A:  LWC provides high-quality, comprehensive, full-service women’s healthcare to women throughout every stage of their lives, beginning in adolescence and continuing beyond menopause. This includes comprehensive gynecological services, ongoing counseling and support, routine exams and screenings, and a wide range of treatment options for gynecologic conditions.

 

The Birth Center at LWC provides exceptional maternity and birth services as it has for the past 36 years, including personalized prenatal care, labor and birth, and ongoing post-partum care. We also offer lactation services and support, as well as a range of ongoing educational opportunities including classes, workshops, and seminars.

 

LWC’s team of providers also offers comprehensive care and support to women entering and in their peri-menopausal through post-menopausal years.  LWC’s providers are trained to provide routine exams, offer a range of options to relieve symptoms, and treat conditions related to perimenopause through post-menopause, all while encouraging patients to take an active role in their own wellness care through health education, alternative therapies, and nutritional counseling programs.

 

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Q: What age groups are best suited for LWC?

A:  LWC is ideally suited for women anywhere between the ages of 14 and 65.

Q: How can I become a client at LWC?

A:  LWC is always welcoming new clients. Click here or call us at 610.525.6086 to request an appointment, or visit our facilities to get a feel for our philosophy and community.

Q: What are the qualifications of the caregivers at LWC?

A:  LWC is led by highly-trained Certified-Nurse-Midwifes, who work alongside experienced Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses. All of our nurse midwives are Registered Nurses who hold post-graduate degrees in nurse-midwifery, have been certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and are licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Q: How is LWC different from an OB/GYN practice or hospital?

A:  LWC’s model of care of LWC is founded on our firm belief that the highest quality of care and the best health outcomes are achieved only when healthcare is provided with input, trust, mutual respect, and continued partnership between clients and providers. We have spent the last 36 years dedicated to advancing this model of healthcare—the midwifery model of care—for our clients and, indeed, for all women.

 

Experience has shown us that when women can develop this level of trusted partnerships with their providers, they are empowered and educated to be more in control of their health and healthcare decisions, and that these positive outcomes are repeated throughout every stage of women’s lives.

 

Our appointments are designed to foster those relationships. LWC provides a full 30 minutes or more for appointments, offering individualized attention and support for each client and her unique needs.

 

LWC does work in partnership with a wonderful team of very experienced OB/GYN and pediatric physicians, who are on call 24 hours a day, should their services be needed.

 

We also work collaboratively with two nearby hospitals, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. We are located directly across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital, providing immediate access in the event of an emergency.

Q: What are some statistics arising out of LWC care?

A: LWC is an evidence-based, outcome-driven organization. We embrace our philosophy and relationship-based model of care because it works. Here are just a few examples:

 

  • Only 6% of women whose birth begins at LWC result in caesarean delivery, compared to 32.8% of all U.S. births.[1] Fewer caesarean sections result in reduced hospital stays, a faster return home for mother and child, and mothers who are immediately able to take on mothering.
  • Research also strongly supports that greater education around alternatives to episiotomy, such as perineal massage,[2] have contributed to a 75% decrease in episiotomies in the United States over a recent 10 year period, reducing both pain and healing time following birth.[3]
  • More than 90% of LWC mothers are still breastfeeding exclusively at six weeks, compared to a national average of 48%.[4]
  • Research has shown wide-ranging benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact, including greater respiratory, temperature, and glucose stability of the baby, better facilitated attachment between mother and baby, and even better sleep and increased brain development in babies.[6] That’s why we’re skin to skin from the start.

 

[1] Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/delivery.htm

 

[2] The Cochran Collaboration, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005123.pub3/pdf/abstract

 

[3] Obstetrics & Gynecology, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253706/

 

[4] Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/nis_data/

 

[5] Childbirth Connection, http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/2013/01/birth-centers/

 

[6] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/infant-touch/; www.medscape.com/viewarticle/806325.

Q: Can you prescribe medications and contraceptives?

A:  Yes. We are licensed to prescribe medications, including various types of contraceptive methods for a full range of family planning services.

Q: Can I come to LWC for my annual appointments?

A:  Yes. LWC’s team of providers are expertly trained to provide comprehensive gynecological services, ongoing counseling and support, routine exams and screenings—such as STD/STI screenings and other laboratory testing—and a wide range of treatment options for gynecologic conditions. Our providers also perform routine exams and treat conditions related to perimenopause, menopause, and through women’s post-menopausal years, all while encouraging patients to take an active role in their own wellness care through health education, alternative therapies, and nutritional counseling programs.

Q: What happens if I need a mammogram, ultrasound, or referral to a specialist?

A:  Our team of providers is licensed to order laboratory tests and provide referrals to specialists needed.

Q: What types of classes does LWC offer?

A:  LWC offers informative and empowering classes on childbirth preparation, sibling birth preparation, and breastfeeding preparation. We also provide a “First Days at Home” class for expectant parents prior to the baby’s arrival so they are prepared for the early discharge practice LWC is able to offer as a birth center. For a full list of current classes, click here.

Q: What happens if complications arise during my pregnancy or birth?

A:  LWC works in partnership with a wonderful team of very experienced OB/GYN and pediatric physicians, who are on call 24 hours each day, should their services be needed.

 

We also work collaboratively with two nearby hospitals, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. We are located directly across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital, providing immediate access in the event of an emergency.

Q: Does LWC accept insurance?

A:  Yes. We accept most major insurance coverage. If you have questions about whether your care at LWC would be covered, please contact us or your health insurance plan’s member services department.

Q: Does LWC offer programs for uninsured or low-income women?

A:  Yes. We offer financial assistance based on need for clients with out-of-network plans, high co-payments, or for those who have no insurance coverage. While LWC’s income comes primarily from insurance reimbursement, we also rely on the generous support of grants and donations from foundations, trusts, individuals, corporations, clients, and friends. These donations are used to support free or subsidized care for women in need, as well as to expand our program offerings to more families and communities. Click here to make a donation to LWC.

Q: What are ways that I can get involved with and support LWC?

A:  We’re so glad you asked. There are many ways to get involved with and support LWC, from donating to support free care for women in need, to volunteering with administration, events, and more, to attending any of our many events. We also invite you to join us in advocating for more holistic and active partnership in healthcare, improved healthcare education for women and families, and a fuller understanding of the healthcare options and choices women and families have at the local, state, and national level. To learn more about how to get involved, click here.

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