From the article: How to Choose a Birth Center for Your Labor and Delivery Experience
Having a baby takes a lot of work. The default is a hospital birth but many more women are investigating the use of birth centers. Did you look at or choose a birth center for the birth of your baby? Was it because of a midwife? Did you want a water birth? Did you want to avoid a cesarean? How did your partner feel about it? Share Your Experience
Watching the Business of Being Born
- was actually sold me on the idea of the out of hospital birth center. I had known since I was 15 that I wanted a midwife but was unsure if I wanted a birth center or if going to the hospital in case I wanted pain medication was better. After I watched this documentary I felt that as long as I was low risk that an out of hospital birth was best for me and it was. I ended up at the only freestanding birth center in my city and I loved it. My daughter was born in a comfortable dimly lit room in the water after only five hours of labor. I was able to walk, talk with my family, eat, drink and do whatever was necessary to cope with the contractions.
- —Guest Tia
It was amazing!
- My friend had her baby there and it was so cool to see how good she looked. She raved about it. So when I got pregnant I checked it out. My husband was worried at first but when he realized that I would have less risk of a c-section, he was sold. We wanted a water birth but wound up not using the water tub at the time. It was still great experience.
- —Guest Gracie