In the old days you didn’t really have a choice about when or where baby would come, but now there are more options than ever. More expectant mothers are interested in having a birthing experience that suits their needs and wants. For some people, this means foregoing the traditional route and having a baby at home. For some it means being in a high tech hospital. This is a very personal experience and each woman has a different idea of how she would like it to go. Let’s take a look at the different birthing options and what they entail.
Giving birth in a hospital is a no-brainer for many women because they have the conveniences of modern medicine and technology available to them. Women feel comfortable knowing if something goes wrong during delivery they have doctors and staff ready with a solution. If you know ahead of time you’ll want pain medication, a hospital birth may birth may be for you. Women with high risk pregnancies should also give birth in hospitals for the safety of mother and child.
Birthing centers provide a more personal experience with midwives there to assist your delivery. These centers often have a calmer atmosphere and enable birthing methods like water births. But birthing centers don’t have the medical capabilities that hospitals do. Birthing centers often have a hospital they work with and are near in case problems arises during delivery. If you’re considering using a birthing center you need to ask how long it takes to get to the nearest hospital. If a problem arises during delivery every minute counts.
Home birth is the least common birthing option women choose today. With home births a doula or midwife comes into your home to help you with delivery. It’s important to note there are minimal medical supplies available with home births. But with home births women find it comforting to be in their own space and are able to control the mood and environment around them. If you want your family to be present home births allow for that as well.
All these methods are all very different. It’s a good idea to plan out your ideal birthing experience, but be prepared to change it. The ultimate goal is getting baby here safely, and that may not be through your dream birthing experience.
How you give birth to your baby may also be influenced by other factors:
Where you live: You need to choose a facility near you that’s easy to get to. Unless you have a planned C-section there’s no telling when baby will be ready to come!
Where your doctor practices: Certain doctors practice at certain hospitals. You may love a specific facility but your doctor might not do deliveries there. Talk with your doctor to find out more about his or her policies.
What insurance you have: Your insurance may only cover certain birthing methods. Contact your insurance provider to learn more about your policy coverage.
If you have a high risk pregnancy: If you have a high risk pregnancy it’s safest to give birth at a hospital to prevent complications.
It’s important to talk with your doctor and determine if your pregnancy is at risk of having complications. That way you can adjust your expectations and find out which option is safest for you and your baby.
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