by Pregnancy.org Staff
Giving birth is one of the most unforgettable and intimate experiences you will ever experience. That is why choosing where you'll give birth is such an important decision.
Birth centers offer a personalized and comfortable place for childbirth. They are a homelike facility with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth -- pregnancy and birth are normal situations, not an illness. They are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost effectiveness.
Birth centers provide family-centered care for healthy women before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor and birth. Usually a midwife and a nurse will provide your care, with a backup hospital nearby and a doctor on call in case of an emergency.
Birth centers aren't hospitals. C-sections are never done at birth centers but they are equipped with IVs, oxygen, medication, and infant resuscitation equipment, so if the unexpected happens, emergency care can be started while awaiting transport to the hospital. A birth center is:
If personalized care, a comfortable atmosphere, relaxing facilities and birth without unnecessary medical procedures is important to you, a birthing center is a great alternative to a hospital setting.
A special thanks to ghostess for furnishing the picture of a peaceful Alex, minutes after his birthing center birth.
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