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The Birthing Inn

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(253) 761-8939
6002 Westgate Blvd, Suite 120
Tacoma, WA  98406

  • natural childbirth
  • childbirth classes
  • doula workshops

The Birthing Inn is the Puget Sound’s premiere free standing birth center. Since opening our doors in 1999, The Birthing Inn has welcomed nearly 2,000 beautiful new babies into warm, cozy, and peaceful surroundings.

TBI is Tacoma’s only freestanding birth center! We practice a family-centered, holistic, alternative approach to birth. Each of our three lovely birth suites is well equipped for a variety of natural childbirth options and ready for you and your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Since opening our doors in 1999, The Birthing Inn has welcomed over 2,000 beautiful new babies into warm, cozy, and peaceful surroundings.

The Birthing Inn opened its doors in November 1999, when Dr. Elizabeth Sanford and Kimberly Horvath, PA-C/CM began welcoming women seeking out-of-hospital birth with open arms.

In its original form, The Birthing Inn was designed to cater to not only low-risk women but also to women whose previous pregnancy resulted in a C-section. These women, medically known as VBACs, were seeking natural, out-of-hospital births and Dr. Elizabeth Sanford, Kimberly Horvath, PA-C/CM and the Pearl Place Women’s Care Center were there to answer the calls. Kay Jackson, CNM/ARNP joined The Birthing Inn team shortly thereafter, helping to round out the expertise and experience of Tacoma’s only freestanding birth center. Unfortunately, insurance companies have since deemed VBAC deliveries high risk and no longer cover the facility fees of The Birthing Inn. Kay Jackson, CNM/ANRP still specializes in VBAC deliveries at nearby hospitals, in addition to helping low-risk women deliver at TBI.

In 2003, The Birthing Inn team once again opened their arms to welcome and give facility privileges to a select number of Licensed Midwives. Along with these new Midwives, Susan Sherwood, Doula and Palmer Schuetzow, Doula joined as co-managers. These partnerships were not only to provide additional birth options to pregnant mothers, but to also help keep the birth center open which is located 15.5 miles from JBLM.

Over the next decade or so, The Birthing Inn began offering in-house Childbirth Education Classes, facility tours for curious moms, and office spaces for TBI Affiliated Midwives. These expansions have helped turn The Birthing Inn into the premier, natural-birth destination in the South Puget Sound. Most recently, in July 2013, ownership of TBI was handed over to Susan Sherwood, LM/CPM. The Birthing Inn continues to be a corner stone of the Puget Sound birth community and developing into a well-known learning center for student midwives and women interested in becoming a part of the natural childbirth industry.

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