The Bridge Birth Center

The FIRST Freestanding, Community Birth Center
in Vancouver, WA

Freestanding means this is a true birth center, not the labor and delivery section of a hospital.

Community means our birth center has extended privileges to qualified midwives in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR metro area, providing the most personalized experience possible by allowing individuals to have a wide choice of midwives/midwifery practices.

A birth center is an appropriate birth setting for most people, and is uniquely suited for those seeking personalized care with a midwife, a minimum of interventions during labor and birth, and for those who value taking an active role in their experience.

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Your Care Provider,
Your Choice

We offer personalized prenatal, labor & birth, and postpartum care through our community midwives in our freestanding birth center. The Bridge community midwives are a team of highly trained care providers with years of experience in providing comprehensive care.

We firmly believe that choosing a midwife is very personal, and The Bridge Birth Center also serves as a community birthing space for many providers in our area, including Vancouver Community Midwives. Should you choose care with another provider, the birth center may be the perfect choice for your birthing space.

Safety & Standards

In Washington State, birth centers are licensed by the state Department of Health. The Bridge is also in the process of becoming accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, which means it meets or exceeds the care and administration standards set by the American Association of Birth Centers. Midwives practicing at The Bridge also abide by the standards and practice guidelines of the Midwives Association of Washington State.

The Bridge is centrally located within 5 miles of both major hospitals in Vancouver, WA. We have worked hard to implement Smooth Transitions programs with both hospitals as well as with The Vancouver Clinic midwives. These relationships ensure continuity of care for all our clients, even those who end up needing a little more intervention.

Quality Care

Laboring and giving birth under the guidance of a midwife in a birth center does not mean sacrificing appropriate care or safety. Low intervention does not mean no care or oversight. The birth center is equipped with the necessary medications, supplies, instruments, equipment, and safety protocols for labor and birth.
The Bridge is equipped with the necessary supplies for your midwife to provide optimal, safe, evidence-based care. There is oxygen gas and resuscitation equipment for adults and newborns. IV fluid therapy, while available, is not routine and is used only in specific circumstances. Drugs for treating or preventing excessive blood loss are on site, as are local anesthetics to numb skin and tissues if any stitches are necessary. People wear the clothing of their choice. Cozy bathrobes and towels are in abundance.

Insurance Coverage

The Bridge midwives are in-network with most insurance companies, including Apple Health programs. The Birth Center is also in the process of credentialing with most major Washington based insurers. Discounted facility fees are available on a sliding scale during this time​.

Fee Questions? Contact the birth center’s billing office.

Wondering if you qualify for free or low-cost health care? Check your eligibility for Washington Apple Health here.