Is a birthing center right for you?
Pregnancy is an exciting time full of new information and choices to make. One of those decisions is how and where you’ll have your baby. You may have heard the term “birthing center” but what is it and how do you know if it’s the right choice for you?
Learn from the center
Birthing centers offer a holistic approach the birthing process. One of the benefits birthing centers provide is training. Most offer classes to both mom and family to help with the pregnancy birth and adapting to life with baby. Birthing centers also have relationships with acute care service providers just in case complications arise the American Association of Birth Centers explained.
Look for the right one
When looking for a birthing center there are a few things you should consider. First find a center you’re comfortable being in. The environment shouldn’t only make you feel safe and relaxed but be equipped with the right resources to deal with common complications. Ask about the birthing center’s access to acute care services and how quickly you can reach them should the need arise.
Second make sure the center’s philosophy on birthing practices align with yours. The birthing center should support your decision to work with a midwife obstetrician or a combination.
Consider Baby-Friendly locations
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a program that encourages and recognizes optimal mother/baby bonding practices. Birth centers designated Baby-Friendly have undergone certain training practices ensuring optimal infant feeding and bonding. Look for a birth center with the Baby-Friendly designation to ensure top-of-the-line care.
Birthing is a special and personal process and it’s important you’re comfortable on the journey. Explore the options available in your area and find a birthing center that helps you and your family have a healthy delivery and baby.
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