I'm personally hoping for birth center this time, like others, I didn't like the negative attitude and pressure from hospital staff to take drugs or have a cesarian for things like my failure to progress, it would have been so much nicer to not have that additional stress.
...I am Superwoman...
Natural, medication-free labor and childbirth :)
8/10/11 1:51 A
My birth center was actually next door to a fire station so an ambulance was always on hand and the hospital they would take you to if there were any complication's was about 5 minutes away. So I never worried about that slight risk personally.
I had a wonderful birthing experience having my daughter 15 months ago...so much so I'm going to that same birth center and having another birth center birth with my current pregnancy due in January.
Being able to give birth the way you want to and being respected by the people around you enough to allow you to make decisions regarding how you want to give birth is really a beautiful thing...and in my opinion it's how it SHOULD be! :)
6/3/11 9:01 A
I had a hospital birth with my first. It was all natural, no meds. But I hated having to defend myself on wanting a natural delivery. Also, had to fight for several other things that I did not want done to me or my baby. too much stress to deal with!! I had home births with babies 2 and 3 in Colorado. We moved to NC and found out that it is illegal for a midwife to practice w/o being attached to a hospital. So, we are driving almost an hour to SC to have our first birth center birth. It is not attached to a hospital. I'm excited about the birth center, but really am bummed that I'm not getting a home birth this time. It's just so much calmer and easier to stay at home.
Raelynn 4 yr 1 mo
Fischer 2yr 8mo
Baby #4 due July 19,2011
6/1/11 1:24 P
I am considering a birthing center about 40 minutes away. I work at a hosptial, however I want to have a natural birth, but don't want to have the baby at my house. Has anyone had any experience in a birthing center?
Sounds like you are on the right track, though. An hour plus away for excellent care on all fronts would be what I would do. I had DD at a hospital that had a separate Midwifery Birth Center wing, so I was only a door away from a doctor, but in my research, I had decided that if need be, I would drive an hour plus away to be where I knew I needed to be. This is a very common practice. I have friends in Utah, Colorado, who had/will have to drive that to deliver their baby with the doctors and facilities they need.
1/24/11 4:20 P
I suggest reading The thinking woman's guide to a better birth. It's nice to have well rounded info of all our choices. It has helpful hints on choosing the right hospital, birth center, midwife, etc.
Raelynn 4 yr 1 mo
Fischer 2yr 8mo
Baby #4 due July 19,2011
1/19/11 5:34 P
I would go with birth center B personally...but just so you know, no hospital can "take your baby away" for any amount of time. Just tell them no, it's your baby, screw policy, they have no rights over you or your baby's body's, unless there's a medical emergency, which you probably would have signed consent for treatment upon registering.
Edited by: BABYFITMOMMY at: 1/19/2011 (17:34)
Born again Christian, Mother of 3 (and 3 sweet babies in heaven!), passionate natural birth advocate and birth doula :)
1/19/11 4:33 P
BIRTH CENTER OR HOSPITAL BIRTH FOR 2ND BABY?
I have done some more research and continue to find that maternal outcomes for low-risk mothers are better in a birth center. Even if a low-risk mother we’re to have a very rare complication (blood clot in the lung for example) whether at a birth center or hospital outcomes are not much different. I read that there is only one extremely, extremely rare complication where a baby has a better chance for survival at a hospital and that is sudden/severe placental abruption. Even if this happened at a hospital the OB would have to be standing over the mother ready to do a C-section within 5 minutes of the abruption, even in a hospital this is not very likely (they couldn’t even get a hold of my OB when they lost my 1st baby’s heart beat.) Even if the low-risk mother were to have a rare, partial placental abruption she would have plenty of time to get to the hospital before the baby was in danger.
So should a low-risk Mother have a hospital birth in case of a extremely rare, sudden/severe placental abruption? It appears no, she and the baby have a MUCH greater chance of dying from a unnecessary c-section, drugs, malpractice or bacteria resistant infection.
So why do so many low-risk women have hospital births? I think it’s because of lack of knowledge, fear and the stigma attached to an out of hospital birth. If something God forbid goes wrong at home or in a birth center the mother “could have done more” but if the same thing happens in a hospital “they did all they could.” It’s kind of like co-sleeping with your baby, there’s a less than 1% chance that a nursing mother could accidently smother her baby, does that mean no one should co-sleep with their baby?
I'm torn about what do do-- especially since my first birth was traumatic (Nurse lost her heart-beat, they said because the cord was wrapped around her neck twice—I was on oxygen/IV for 12 hours on my back with no pain relief in fear of losing my baby.) God was with me the whole time, without Him I could not have done any of it.
Need help deciding between birth centers as well.
Birth Center A: Is 10 min from our house, but the hopsital it is closest to is not the best (they take the baby away for 4 hours and won't allow my toddler to stay with us.)10 minutes up the road from that hopsital is a much better hopsital (baby stays with mom and toddler can stay.) They are also not accredited yet, the Mid-wives have many years of experience with home-birth in my area, but thy just opened the birth center.
Birth Center B: About 1 + hours from our house, but close to a really good hospital (baby stays in the room the whole time and toddler can stay.) They are accredited, and my Mom lives 10 min away in case we need help with our toddler.
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