Expectant mothers worried about the pandemic and new hospital rules preventing partners from attending their own child’s birth have other alternatives.
One is a new nonprofit called Thrive Wellness Collective, which is associated with the new Tourmaline Birth and Wellness Collective at 4545 Fanuel St.
The Tourmaline women’s and children’s community/birth center, which opened in PB in April 2020, is partially supported by its Thrive nonprofit. The collective’s goal is to create a community for families and offer holistic care for everyone seeking it.
Many women are now seeking alternatives to hospital birth. And Tourmaline offers a safe, clean option for moms and their families with two birthing suites, and three midwives on site.
The birthing team consists of numerous specialists including an acupuncturist, naturopathic doctor, pelvic floor therapist, psychotherapist, reiki therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, lactation consultant, and more.
Also offered at the collective are free support groups including prenatal yoga, first aid for infants, and prenatal cooking. Besides its other services, Tourmaline provides a space where clients can come for well-person visits to get a PAP, birth control counseling, preconception counseling, pregnancy testing, and STD testing. Additionally, Tourmaline makes its organic herbal tinctures and teas in-house, available for sale onsite.
With a simple application, clients can also apply for any services offered at the center. These come at a lower rate, and in some instances at no cost. for those qualifying.
“It is a very specific model of care that we have created,” said Thrive spokesperson and team member Allison Tartari. “Our main goal it to help people achieve wellness through preventative care. And the moms that give birth with us are low-risk.”
Thrive strives to make midwifery and holistic healthcare accessible to everyone no matter their economic status. Its services are partnered with the education needed to assure better birth outcomes and lifelong wellness.
Tartari noted non-hospital births have been vilified as “more dangerous” than hospital births adding, in most cases, that is not true. She pointed out that, in the past 15 years, out-of-hospital births have nearly doubled as more families become educated on the features and benefits of non-hospital births.
One advantage of Thrive, according to Tartari, is that the organization provides more thorough and longer-term care for women than what a hospital provides.
“Our goal is to provide post-partum care,” she said. “In a hospital, you have a baby, they send you home, and they don’t see you again for six weeks. That’s one of the reasons why we have post-partum depression in America because there’s no post-partum care. At Thrive we try to mimic the care models in other countries that are working.”
What makes Thrive such an attractive alternative for soon-to-be mothers is not only the comprehensive services it provides but the personal touch offered by its practitioners, said Tartari.
“We offer free visits for women with their partners to listen to their baby’s heartbeat,” she said. “We make appointments for free prenatal visits. We also have free post-partum support groups and a free breastfeeding support group.”
Tourmaline Birth and Wellness Collective
Where: 4545 Fanuel St.