Colorado's Only Birthing Center: Mountain Midwifery

Submitted by nikki on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 11:55

Colorado's Mountain Midwifery Center is the only free-standing birthing center in Colorado. While a common institution in Europe, Canada, and Australia, birthing centers are relatively few and far between in the US.

How is a Birthing Center different than a hospital?

Birthing centers are generally staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives who have a master's level degree specializing in midwifery.

  • Philosophy: the belief underlying most birthing centers is that having a baby is a normal part of life, not an extreme medical condition that requires excessive medicine, technology, and medical intervention. Centers are meant for healthy low-risk women who are looking for a natural birth.

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.


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