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Where to have a baby: Hospital? Birthing Center? Home Birth?

Submitted by nikki on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 16:53

When I found out I was pregnant, I assumed I would see an obgyn and go to the hospital, like every other woman in the developed world. I checked in with a few friends who all had recommendations, including one friend who had her baby at a birthing center. Birthing what? I went to the orientation, and scared the place would feel too placenta milkshake for me, I ended up loving their philosophy about birth and wellness during pregnancy.

Top reasons you might consider a birthing center

  1. Pregnancy is viewed and treated as a natural part of life, not a medical condition.
  2. Your visits with midwives are a time to talk about the various components of pregnancy and becoming a parent: you and the baby's physical health, emotional well being, nutrition, exercise, and anything else that's on your mind.
  3. 45% of births in the US are by c-sections (the World Health Organization recommends a number below 10%). Birthing centers focus on natural, healthy births.
  4. You're encouraged to learn and ask as many questions as you can. You're more of a partner in the process which is empowering.
  5. Especially for people who don't have maternity insurance, the price of using a birthing center is much lower than a hospital.
  6. Partners are included and encouraged to come to as many appointments and classes as possible.