Why I Chose to Give Birth at a Birth Center

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Why I Chose to Give Birth at a Birth Center

In today’s political upheaval in regards to health care, many women are starting to feel a squeeze. They are burdened with the pressure to birth according to their insurance providers protocol and are not necessarily getting the birth experience they were hoping for. For me, as a small business owner who’s only options are high deductible health plans, my husband and I figured if we were going to be paying out of pocket for the birth of our third baby anyways, we might as well have the exact birth experience we envisioned.

What did this look like exactly? For me, being healthy and having a low risk pregnancy, I realized I had options for care providers and it was my choice to make. After much research, I decided I truly wanted a water birth, I wanted to do delayed cord clamping and I wanted my husband to be as hands on as he possibly could. So we decided to ditch the hospital, and pursue personalized care with a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) through a private birth center.

There were several motivating factors for both my husband and myself beyond insurance benefits, and that’s what I’ll sharing with you here!

So, why choose a birth center?

1. For more individualized care.

Our CNM typically only takes on about 5 births a month, allowing her to truly invest in each client’s quality of care and to insure that the birthplace is never overcrowded or her schedule is spread too thin. I never once sat in a waiting room wondering when I would be called back for my appointment, I always felt like my baby and I were of the utmost importance, and I truly left each visit confident and empowered. We were in constant communication throughout my pregnancy, and that kind of commitment to care is something that was very important to us.

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2. For a more intimate birth experience.

Our two previous births were in a hospital and they were perfectly fine experiences–they brought us our beautiful baby boys! And to be perfectly honest, at the time we didn’t realize that alternatives to traditional hospital birth were even available to us. But a few years of motherhood later, you realize your birth story is something you will carry with you for your entire life and this time around I yearned for a more intimate and healing experience.

Our midwife and the space of the birth center allowed for my husband and I to work together through labor in a supported and safe, fully equipped environment.

I labored in a beautiful suite, with dim lighting to allow moonlight to spill in through the skylight windows, we had our playlist softly streaming via bluetooth speakers and my favorite essential oils diffusing. I was able to move through the room as I pleased, in whatever position that felt comfortable in the moment, not restricted to a hospital bed even when baby was being checked on. My midwife moved with me, and I felt that encouragement every step of the way.

Our birth was 100% how we envisioned, and everything we hoped for. I left feeling immensely proud of my body, and so very strong!

3. To have the freedom to leave.

One fantastic aspect about going to a birth center, is that you get to leave! Unlike the hospital which requires you stay overnight or even several nights, after a couple hours of monitoring if you and baby are doing well postpartum you’ll be discharged to return to the comfort of your home . . . although our birth center was so wonderful, some of us didn’t want to! 😉

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4. And lastly, just because you can!

That’s right. Why might one choose a birth center over the hospital? Because it’s your baby, and it’s your birth story, and every woman has the right to experience it in her own unique way. Because you should be empowered to take charge of your health. Because you deserve to be given the opportunity for informed shared decision making with your provider of choice. Because there is no wrong way to become a mother, whether it’s surrogacy, adoption, cesarean, home or hospital birth . . . you are an amazing warrior mama who can do anything!

Location: Plano Birthplace
Photos By: Kathryn J Birth Stories
About the Author /

Sarah Ring is a small business owner living in Dallas with her husband of ten years. She is a mother to two elementary aged sons and one toddler daughter. She is passionate about travel, date nights, Southern manners & traditional children’s clothing but above anything else, finding grace in motherhood is her greatest accomplishment!

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No, the blood won't drain out of baby and go backwards into the placenta.⁠
No, your baby is not more likely to get sick from jaundice.⁠
Yes, your baby will still be getting oxygen while they figure out breathing, especially important if they need resuscitation.⁠
Yes, your baby will have better iron levels for the first year of their life.⁠
Look at how thick and engorged this cord still is at 4 and 18 minutes after baby was born. Just imagine how much blood baby would have lost if the cord had been clamped immediately, or at 60 seconds, 90 seconds, or 3 minutes! The placenta was expelled immediately before the 18 minute photo was taken. The pulse in the cord could still be felt even AFTER THE PLACENTA HAD BEEN DELIVERED! The cord was finally clamped and cut more than an hour after birth at 73 minutes. ❤️⁠
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3️⃣ Join a virtual group.⁠
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