Beautiful Beginning Birth Center

Beautiful Beginning Birth Center


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Providing modern, holistic maternity care for both mother and baby in a warm, nurturing birthing center in Austin, Texas. Every baby deserves a Beautiful Beginning!

Beautiful Beginning Birth Center is devoted to creating a beautiful birth experience for you and your baby in a warm, nurturing environment. Each member of your birth team is committed to providing excellent care and is well versed in comfort measures for labor. We offer both home birth as well as births at our birthing center. We have day, evening and weekend appointments available and we accept

Operating as usual


Acupuncture anyone? Or some herbs?

Acupuncture anyone? Or some herbs?


Midwives have a saying, “What got a baby in, gets the baby out.”
Privacy, intimacy, quiet, dim lights, love, and safety.

It is hard to imagine anyone denying a laboring mother her partner during this time.
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Request an Appointment at AOMA Acupuncture Clinics 03/23/2021

Request an Appointment at AOMA Acupuncture Clinics

Good news! I just called the North Clinic to confirm - AOMA student clinic is able to treat women during pregnancy. They do need a referral from me, so if you would like to schedule an appointment with them, let me know and we will get that faxed over for you.

March - new patient acupuncture appointments are FREE at the student clinic!

Request an Appointment at AOMA Acupuncture Clinics Need acupuncture in Austin,TX? Make an appointment with AOMA clinics in North Austin and South Austin.

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity 03/16/2021

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity

We all love our coffee, but is it safe during pregnancy?

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity New research finds that caffeine consumed during pregnancy can affect the development of fetal brains. The changes can lead to behavioral problems later.

Timeline Photos 03/16/2021

Make sure your little one is properly secured.


The local acupuncture school is looking for patients to experience the absolutely amazing benefits of acupuncture.

The local acupuncture school is looking for patients to experience the absolutely amazing benefits of acupuncture.


Upcoming virtual class schedule! Visit our Events page for more information on each class.

Upcoming virtual class schedule! Visit our Events page for more information on each class.

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity 03/01/2021

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity

Caffeine in pregnancy can have lasting effect on fetal brain - Futurity New research finds that caffeine consumed during pregnancy can affect the development of fetal brains. The changes can lead to behavioral problems later.


Upcoming business office closures.

Your midwife is on call 24/7 for emergencies.


January class schedule is up! See our Events page for class details.


The Monday 'feels'....


Bonnie got gussied up during a recent prenatal home visit. What a treat!

#HomeBirthAustin 12/03/2020

This Baby-Proofing Checklist Makes It Super Simple To Keep The Whole House Safe

#Babyproofing should begin during pregnancy. You won't really have the time after baby arrives and he/she will get into things quicker than you thought!

Checklist: So much of parenting, regardless of how old your children are, revolves around keeping your kids safe. It starts even before they’re born, with months of research and frantic phone calls to friends and family for advice on choosing the sturdiest car… 12/02/2020

Best Winter Gear that is Safe in the Car Seat - The Car Seat Lady

Winter coats and car seats do not go together. Here are ways to keep kids warm and safe while traveling in a car seat. How to keep your child warm AND safe in the car seat - suggestions on coats, snowsuits, and products that are safe for car seats. 12/01/2020

Baby’s First Winter: How to Protect Newborns in Cold Weather

Baby, it's cold outside! Is this your baby's first winter? Here is some good info on how to manage keeping your baby warm - Baby, it's cold outside! Here's how to protect your little one from the elements this winter.


Our business office will be closed November 25-29, 2020. Your midwife is available for emergencies.

Happy Thanksgiving!


As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, remember that some foods should be avoided during your pregnancy. 11/23/2020

How long does it take to get pregnant after s*x? A timeline

"The amount of time that it takes to get pregnant after s*x depends on the situation. Conception can happen in hours to days, and implantation usually happens about a week later."

S***m can live in the female reproductive tract for up to 5 days. Depending upon ovulation, one could have in*******se on a Monday and actually conceive that Friday. Many factors affect how long it takes to get pregnant. Fertilization may happen in hours or days, and implantation usually takes another week. Learn more here.


Austin Babywearing

Do you know your Babywearing ABCs?

#AustinBabywearing #babywearing #AustinTX #ATX #WearAllTheBabies #parents #caregivers

[Image description: Infographic with a white background and teal and brown text. “Quick Babywearing Reminders” is in bold teal centered at the top. “Sometimes, using a carrier comes naturally. Sometimes, it takes practice. Remembering the ABCs can help you achieve a safe, comfortable, and satisfying fit.” is in brown under the header with a horizontal teal line underneath. Along the left is a column of text in teal “A Airway” “B Body Positioning” and “C Comfort”. Each letter is above the corresponding word. Across from each letter and word is the following text in brown: A “Ensure baby's airway stays open by keeping their chin off their chest.” B “Be sure baby is supported in a way appropriate for their level of trunk and neck control.” C “The carrier should be comfortable for both you and baby.” Beneath the information in the lower left corner is the Austin Babywearing logo. The Austin Babywearing logo shows an illustration of a dark brown bat wearing a ring sling carrier with a baby light brown bat in the carrier and the text “Austin Babywearing” in teal to the right of the bat image. In the lower right corner in white text is “”.]


"Babies’ needs do not cease to exist simply because it is dark outside. One of the main needs infants have at night is to feed." ~

#ResponsiveFeeding 11/20/2020

Slideshow: How to Clean After Illness

Has illness hit your household? Here's a room-by-room look at what to disinfect after someone in your family has been sick: WebMD gives you a room-by-room look at how and what to disinfect after someone in your family has been sick. 11/19/2020

2. You are not going to enjoy every minute, and that's okay

Have you heard about the 4th trimester?

Dr. Harvey Karp (Happiest Baby) describes the first 3 months of a baby's life as the 4th trimester. This is when babies are learning to adjust to life outside the womb while still wanting the womb environment.

The 4th trimester is also a time for parents to adjust to parenthood. It can be stressful, exhausting, and frustrating. It is also beautiful, fragile, and full of enormous love. It's important that families understand this period of adjustment and know how to navigate it. Somewhere along the way, we absorbed this idea that motherhood should be one blissed-out-so-in-love-with-my-child moment after another. While those moments do exist—and they are wonderful—they are not always the constant.Caring for a newborn is an all-consuming roller coaster ride, and some of i... 11/18/2020

Introducing Dog to Baby

Are your furbabies getting ready for their new pack mate?

Helpful hints when introducing babies and dogs: Here's how to get your dog ready before the new baby comes home. 11/17/2020

How to Figure Out Which Birth Control Method Is Right for You

What to expect at your 6 week postpartum visit - Choosing your family planning method.

Did you know there are well over 10 different family planning options available? Take some time to think about these questions before your visit, to help determine which method may be right for you and your family:

- Do you want children in the future?
- What failure rate are you willing to accept?
- Do you have insurance? If not, is there a budget to keep in mind?
- How do you feel about synthetic hormones? Have you had an adverse reaction in the past?
- Are there religious or moral beliefs to take into consideration?
- Are you breastfeeding? PSA: There are no bad options. It just comes down to your personality, lifestyle, objectives, priorities, and concerns.


Postpartum depression - A recent study has found that approximately 25% of its participants experienced high levels of depressive symptoms at some point in the three years after giving birth. The rest of the women experienced low levels of depression throughout the three-year span. These are huge numbers that need to be addressed. Please reach out to your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of depression.


Considering air travel for the holidays during the pandemic? How safe is it to fly and what can be done to enhance protection?

Air travel tips:

1) Remember, you CAN travel with formula, breast milk, and/or baby food in your carry-on and it does not have to be x-rayed. Always visit TSA's website for any changes.

2) Don't forget your car seat! It's best to bring your own vs. using one from the rental car establishment. You can't be sure the rental is in tip-top shape, has not been misused, or been in a wreck. When bringing your own, do not have it checked with your luggage. There is a chance it can be mishandled. Have it stowed last minute underneath the belly, along with your stroller.


Let's talk food safety for the holidays....

Food safety is vital for everyone – but especially for pregnant women, their unborn babies, and children younger than five. It all has to do with the immune system - whether still developing (fetus), is underdeveloped (young children) or is taxed upon (pregnancy).

Downloadable food safety booklet (free) =>

10/31/2020 10/22/2020

Baby Heart Rate and Gender: Predicting the S*x

The normal fetal heart rate ranges from 120-160 bpm. But can heart rate predict the gender of your baby? Finding out the gender of your baby is an exciting part of pregnancy, but does listening to the heartbeat help predict if it’s a boy or girl? 10/21/2020

8 of the best postpartum belly wraps

Postpartum belly wraps: Options and Considerations

Did you use a postpartum belly wrap? What were some of the benefits you experienced? Postpartum belly wraps can help support the abdominal muscles after delivery. Learn about different postpartum belly wraps here, including ones that are suitable following a cesarean delivery.



What a Baby Looks Like During the First Trimester

Your little one quickly goes through some amazing changes during the first trimester. Here's what a baby looks like during those first three months after fertilization:


Iron intake during pregnancy is very important. Approximately half of your iron intake will go toward the developing baby and placenta. The other half will be used to increase the amount of blood in your circulatory system.

There are two types of iron - heme and non-heme.

Heme iron is more readily absorbed by the body than non-heme. In fact, your body can absorb up to 30% of heme iron consumed vs 2-10% of non-heme iron consumed.

Heme iron is found in meat, fish, and poultry. Excellent sources of non-heme iron include: legumes, grains, nuts/seeds, leafy greens, and blackstrap molasses.

Be sure to add Vitamin C rich foods as it can help increase iron absorption by as much as 5x's.


The #ACTEMS Safe Baby Academy is now online!

Click the "Book Now" button on their web-page ( to register for a FREE online class. Next class dates and times are: 10/19 at 1pm and 10/25 at 1pm.

Educate yourself and learn how to protect your child in their FREE Safe Baby Academy class for expectant families or parents and caregivers of children under 12 months.

Safe Baby Academy classes include:
1. Child passenger Safety—car seat installation, Texas laws and why it is so important to use your seat properly.

2. Home Safety - Discuss dangers found in homes and learn how to create a safe home environment.

3. Water Safety - Discuss how to keep your children safe around water.

4. Safe Sleep education—review of best practices and current dangerous behaviors noted within our community

5. Infant CPR/Choking Awareness—hands-on activity so families can be better prepared in the event of an emergency


"Approximately 180 children a year are diagnosed with sickle cell disease in Texas. Over 5,000 Texas children are identified with sickle cell trait. These children are identified through newborn screening. Early diagnosis leads to referral to sickle cell specialists and preventive care."



In Texas, the Newborn Screening is one of the first tests your baby may have after he/she is born. This test screens for over 50 different disorders. Learn more about this screening test here:

Our Story

At Beautiful Beginning, we provide modern, natural care for both mother and baby in a warm, nurturing birthing center in Austin, TX. Our comprehensive midwife services allow you the opportunity to have a gentle natural birth in the comfort of your own home or in our birthing suite, which includes a kitchenette, bathroom, birthing room, and a large birthing tub. A family-focused center, we encourage family involvement in prenatal care and in the delivery of your little bundle, so you’re always welcomed to invite your loved ones to be here with you as your baby enters the world. No matter what, our mission is to provide you with the care and support you need to journey healthily, confidently, and joyously into motherhood. Every baby deserves a beautiful beginning -- it’s a blessing to share that once-in-a-lifetime moment with you.



6611 River Place Blvd, Ste #107
Austin, TX
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