6 Reasons to Give Birth at a Birth Center

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6 Reasons to Give Birth at a Birth Center

While pregnant with my first baby I did a lot of research into a hospital birth vs. a home birth. I already knew I wasn’t that comfortable with the hospital option (just watch The Business of Being Born and you’ll see why), but I also had some hesitation about having a baby at home (and my husband was vehemently opposed to that idea). We didn’t realize until we started doing our homework that a third option was available to us: the Birth Center.

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What is a birth center?

A birth center is a “home-like facility existing within a healthcare system with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth” staffed by midwives, nurse-midwives and/or obstetricians. Birth centers provide “family-centered care for healthy women before, during, and after normal pregnancy, labor, and birth.”

For my husband and me, the birth center was the middle ground we were seeking when it came to where I was going to have our baby. Since I was 100% against the hospital (unless necessary, of course) and he was 100% against our home, when we discovered the birth center, we knew we’d found our solution for a natural, comfortable (as possible . . .I mean, it is labor after all!), and intervention-free labor and delivery experience. Here are some of the main reasons why I chose to have a birth center birth for each of my babies.

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1. Midwives vs. Doctors

In my experience, there is a stark difference in the level of care provided by a midwife versus that of an OB/GYN. In most cases, the OB/GYN is rushed and brief during most of the pre-natal visits. He does the necessary check-up items of each pre-natal visit while answering any questions you may have. The entirety of the visit lasts for maybe 10-15 minutes (after you waited around for your appointment to start for at least 30). At the main event, the OB/GYN often doesn’t even enter the room until you are crowning, so most of the hard work of coaching and supporting you is done by one or two nurses you’ve likely never met in your life. On the other hand, midwives take far more time during your appointment to discuss any and every thing you have questions or concerns about. They also take the time to help you familiarize yourself with your baby and your body as it grows (my midwives helped me feel my baby through my belly to determine whether I was feeling a head or a bottom). During labor, the midwife is by your side the entire time. She is a coach and a mentor and a friend. She guides you through the process and recognizes cues such as changes in breathing and/or moaning to help you understand what is happening to your body when it is happening. The midwife experience is a truly personalized, intimate experience that often turns in to a friendship.

2. Cost

There’s also a big difference in the cost of having a baby when you choose a birth center over a hospital. In most cases (and it always depends on whether your insurance will cover a birth center), having a baby at a birth center costs about a third of what it would cost to have a baby in a hospital. I had the unfortunate experience of having to pay for both with my first child since I spent 40 hours laboring at the birth center before I transferred to the hospital where I ended up delivering her. Seeing the difference between the bills from the birth center and those from the hospital was astounding.

3. More Autonomy

At a birth center, there is also less pressure to consent to treatments you do not want for you or your soon-to-be-born child (more on this later). During the last weeks of your pregnancy, the midwife will sit down and talk to you about all of the treatments or procedures that are available to you and she will tell you why each treatment is offered and answer any questions you may have about it. With a doctor, it is rare that he would sit down and discuss the pros and cons of these treatments; rather, they tell you what is typically done, all the good reasons for having it done, and encourage you sign the papers for consent. I am the kind of person that needs to know ALL THE THINGS about a subject before I consent to it. I can’t just trust that it’s okay because it’s “the norm.” So being able to go over all the treatment options and have an educated discussion about each of them with my midwife was important to me.

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4. Fewer (Unnecessary) Medical Interventions

Giving birth at a hospital means that you are more likely than not to be subject to numerous interventions, most of which are usually completely unnecessary for a healthy, low-risk pregnancy. According to the National Birth Center Study II, “[a]lmost all women (87%) who labor in hospitals undergo continuous electronic fetal monitoring, 80% receive intravenous fluids, 47% have labor artificially accelerated with medications, and 43% of first-time moms have labor artificially induced.” Moreover, women who have their babies in a hospital have a four times greater chance of having a c-section. As stated in the study, “[t]here is strong evidence that routine use of these practices, when carried out without medical indications, has few benefits and many potential harms for healthy mothers and babies.”

At a birth center, none of these interventions are used. Fetal monitoring is done by way of a handheld fetal doppler and is checked at regular intervals. There are no intravenous fluids, no medications, and no induction. Women are allowed to labor on their own time and in their own way. One major benefit of laboring in a birth center is the ability of the mom to eat and drink during labor and to labor in any position she deems necessary (whereas in the hospital 60% of women are not allowed to eat or drink, 76% are restricted to bed, and 92% give birth lying on their backs). Additionally, many birth centers offer laboring mothers the option of laboring and/or delivering their baby in water, which many women have called the “natural epidural.”

Finally, for those moms who have chosen not to vaccinate their children, or those who are still doing their research and haven’t made a firm decision, having a baby in a birth center allows the new family to choose whether or not to allow such interventions such as eye ointment, the vitamin K shot, vaccinations, and the heel prick test to their newborn. In a hospital, certain of these interventions are required by law and the others are very strongly encouraged, whether the parents have had the chance to educate themselves on them or not.

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5. All the Comforts of Home

Anyone who has ever visited or been admitted to the hospital knows how uncomfortable they can be. The beds are small and lumpy, there are nurses going in and out of the room constantly, you usually end up with needles in your hands and arms, the lighting is anything but soft and the atmosphere is less than homey.

In a birth center, your room is very much like a bedroom. The bed is large and soft, usually with real sheets and fluffy pillows, the lighting is soft and low, music is playing if you want it to be, and your midwife is the only one poking and prodding you and it’s usually not very often. You are allowed to walk when you need to, eat when you need to, and labor in any position you need to. If you want to get in the shower, feel free. If you want to labor in the warm tub, sink in. The entire goal of a birth center is to make you feel as comfortable as if you were in your own home.

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One concern I hear often when discussing having a baby in a birth center is that the soon-to-be mom (and dad too) are worried that if something were to happen, they wouldn’t be at a hospital with doctors and equipment and medicine. I understand this concern as my husband and I, too, had it. Fortunately, most birth centers are very close to, if not already in, a hospital. For those birth centers that are not already in a hospital, a woman can be transferred to a hospital very quickly if she chooses to or if it is medically necessary. However, needing to be transferred to a hospital is a rare occurrence. According to the National Birth Center Study II, 84% of women who choose to have their baby in a birth center indeed had them there. Those women who did transfer from a birth center to a hospital did so for non-emergency reasons (such as prolonged labor). Less than 1% of the women in the study were transferred for emergency reasons.

I personally have experience with a transfer from a birth center to a hospital. As I mentioned before, I labored for 40 hours at a birth center with my first baby. I had gotten stuck at 7cm and my baby was acynclitic (she was trying to come out with her head cocked to one side). Despite all of our best efforts to get her back in the right position, she, being stubborn like her mama, declined. After so many hours of no sleep, little to eat, and a LOT of physical exertion and pain on my part, I made the choice to be transferred to the hospital simply so that I could get an epidural in an effort to achieve my goal of having my baby vaginally. By the time we got to the hospital, my sweet, stubborn girl had shifted her position and I was at 9cm. A few hours later, she was indeed delivered vaginally and she was healthy, fat, and happy. It was not the birth scenario I wanted for her or I, but it was what I needed to do at the time and I am thankful that I was able to easily transfer to the hospital.

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6. The Postpartum Experience

The minutes and hours after a baby is born is a crucial time for mama and baby to begin to form their incredible bond. There are many things done in the hospital within those first crucial minutes that can interrupt that important bonding time as well as physically impact the health and well-being of the child. In my experience (and I’ve experience both settings), the postpartum experience in a birth center is light-years better than that of the hospital.

In most hospitals (although many hospitals are moving toward being more baby friendly these days), in the minutes after a baby is born, he or she immediately has its umbilical cord clamped and cut, he/she is vigorously rubbed down with clean cloths and wrapped in a tight coil of blankets with his/her head covered in a knit hat. While this pretty common practice doesn’t seem so bad at first glance, there are a number of ways it either disrupts the mother-child bonding experience or potentially negatively impacts the optimal health of the baby.

First, delayed cord clamping is fast becoming the recommended standard over the more traditional method of clamping and cutting right away. Delayed cord cutting offers a great many benefits to the baby, including higher birth weight, better early hemoglobin concentration, and increased iron reserves. While the general consensus among most professionals is to let the cord pulsate for one to three minutes post-delivery, many midwives subscribe to the rule of cutting the cord only after it has stopped pulsing entirely, which could take much longer than 3 minutes.

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Delaying the rub-down or the bath of a newly born baby is also a better for the health of the baby than an immediate clean up. The sticky white coating of vernix that covers a newborn is excellent at protecting newborn skin and helping it to adapt to the outside world. It also helps stop water loss through the skin, it aides in temperature regulation, and it helps boost the immunity of the child. Vernix continues to protect the new baby for as long as it stays on the skin. By rubbing the vernix off the baby’s skin as soon as he is born, the baby loses many of its incredible benefits. Delaying the cleaning and/or washing of the baby’s skin for as long as possible will do the child a world of good.

Also, wrapping the baby tightly in blankets before handing baby to mom interrupts the very important act of “kangaroo care,” or skin-to-skin time. Kangaroo care is a method of holding a baby, naked or with only a diaper, against the bare chest of a parent, usually the mother, for an extended period of time. The benefits of kangaroo care to a baby include stabilized heart rate, stabilized breathing, improved oxygen saturation, more rapid weight gain, more restful periods of sleep and decreased crying, among other things. Done right after the birth, kangaroo care offers the added benefit of encouraging immediate breastfeeding.

Finally, one benefit of using a birth center over a hospital that many people don’t think about is the postpartum support that the midwife offers to new mothers that an OB/GYN does not or cannot offer. After the birth of my first child, as I started experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, I mentioned my symptoms to the doctor who delivered my daughter at my 6-week check up. He readily admitted to me that he was not as well educated or equipped to diagnose and treat postpartum depression and suggested I go to my general doctor or a psychiatrist for further diagnosis. As disappointed as I was to hear this, I appreciated his candor and I went to my midwife to ask for her advice. She was able to offer me the resources I needed to find a solution to my postpartum depression (we tried many natural methods that often work for many women, but in the end we agreed that I needed to see my general practitioner for a prescription for anti-depressants). My midwife was also able to offer invaluable insight and advice when I had issues breastfeeding and was able to connect me with an amazing lactation consultant who could further help me.

While hospital birth is still the norm for women in the U.S., that does not always make it the best choice. Alternative options, such as home birth or birth centers, are steadily becoming more widely known and available choices. It is so important for moms and their significant others to research the pros and cons of each available option so that they may make an educated and informed decision. The birth of a baby is such an exciting, but also a stressful, time. Being comfortable in your decision on where to have your birth experience helps to take some of that stress away so that you can better enjoy the crazy, wonderful journey.

About the Author /

Cheyenne is an attorney, writer, speaker and blogger with a slight obsession for home decor, red wine, and good coffee. Cheyenne’s blog, Sense & Serendipity, focuses on inspiring others to create a home well loved and a life well lived. Cheyenne lives in San Marcos, Texas with her two children, Aislin and Hawkins.

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You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the arrival of your beautiful baby. 🤰 Labor and delivery has come and gone. Now its time for your 6-week postpartum check up. 🏥  So much of life after delivery is focused on your new bundle of joy that you can sometimes forget to care for yourself. This is exactly why I believe the postpartum appointment is so important to you as a new momma – because it’s all about you! 💗⁠
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Sure, your provider loves to fawn over your sweet baby, but this appointment is about mom. How are YOU doing? Self-care is so important to your health and recovery after having a baby, so let this appointment focus on your well-being. 😊⁠
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Here are 10 helpful questions to ask when you see your provider at your 6-week postpartum check up. 📝 Your provider will likely cover most or all of these topics on her or his own, but use this as a guide to remind you to ask anything she or he doesn’t cover! {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @tailsandwings⁠
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#postpartum #postpartumlife #newmom #postpartumcheckup #postnatal #postpartumhealth #postpartumwellness #obgyn #4mind4body #momcare #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodlife #postpartumdoula #postpartumrecovery #mommychick #babychick
YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠ Go and find your troo YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠
Go and find your troop, your tribe, squad, village. Whatever you want to call it. Find people to surround yourself with who will support YOU, love YOU, encourage YOU as a woman and as a parent. Parenthood is tough. Especially when you feel alone. So find your village and love them hard. And from one mother to another, load up on wipes. Because motherhood can get quite messy too!⁠ 😉⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
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An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfe An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfeed her #triplets. 💗 With hard work, determination, help and support, anything is possible.
Words & 📷: @triplets_and_toddler
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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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After having an emergency C-section, I knew there was no time to rest, so I started hand expressing within the first hour. I set an alarm to ensure that I expressed every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours overnight. ⏰
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
(via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠
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Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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