There are so many very personal decisions for expectant mothers to make about their birthing plan, and for every decision there are just as many options. The most important consideration is making the best decisions for you and your family. If you have been investigating other options, you may have heard of a birth center.
What is a birth center? While each birth center is a bit different, they have several similar qualities that can benefit a mom as she delivers a baby. Typically a birth center is a home-like facility dedicated to providing care to mother and child throughout pregnancy and birth. A birth center caters to a family centered approach to childbirth and allows a healthy woman to have a dedicated circle of support around her. They are able to handle all necessary testing including all newborn screenings. Birth center care is given by midwives and a close bond between caregiver and client is created.
So, how do you make the decision to use a birth center?
Is Your Pregnancy Healthy?
Birth centers are a great fit for women who are having a healthy pregnancy. Along with their provider the healthy client is expected to have a natural birth with no complications. A birth center may not be the right setting for you if gestational diabetes or high blood pressure have been a part of your pregnancy.
Are You Comfortable with the Idea?
If you find comfort in a natural approach to the birth of your newborn baby then a birth center may be the right choice for you. You and your midwife will spend a significant amount of time together and your midwife has extensive experience caring for pregnant mothers, delivering babies and providing after birth care to both mother and child. If an issue arises, birth center staff are able to start any emergency procedures you may require and arrange for a transfer to a medical facility.
Do you Want a Client Centered Approach to Your Pregnancy?
Midwives spend a significant amount of time with their patients. This includes regular appointments during pregnancy and then throughout labor and delivery. Your midwife is with you every step of the way with a focus on natural childbirth including the management of pain without medical intervention.
Always Trust your Instinct
As birth centers grow in popularity many more women and their families are choosing to use them. If you want the focus to be on you and your baby, a birth center could be a great option. It is best to visit the birth center, take a tour and meet the staff who will be caring for you throughout pregnancy and delivery. Then you can decide if this is best for you and your family.