|Where to Birth|
|There has always been a big concern for pregnant woman where and how to give the birth. It is necessary to select a doctor for your baby, decide who will be present during your baby’s birth, but the most important decision you have to make before delivery is where you’ll give the birth. Women who is considered at low risk, (meaning they are at good health, and least likely to develop complications during giving a birth) or women who have already given a birth without any complications can safely choose birth centre. |
Birth centers, also known as “maternity homes” or “maternity hospitals”, are small maternity units which are staffed and run by midwives. Birth centers can provide a comfortable, low-tech environment where birth is treated as natural process rather than medical one. They also offer individualized care friendly atmosphere. Women here deal with labor in proactive manner, various relaxation techniques, such as hydrotherapy, massage, warm and cold compresses are often used. Women are carefully monitored throughout the pregnancy and are given prenatal care if it is needed. Natural childbirth is a focus in birth centers and epidural anesthesia is not typical, natural pain control or mild narcotic medications are provided. Otherwise, women with certain medical complications or women who are expecting multiples should not deliver in birth centers.
There are some reasons for you to choose hospital, not birth centre. Traditionally, hospitals cannot offer such comfort measures as birth centres can. Women in labor are not allowed to eat and or drink because of anesthesia, pain medications are available during labor and delivery and fetus is normally monitored electronically However, many hospitals now offer modern options for low-risk birth; these are private rooms with bath, which usually creates a nurturing environment with warm, soothing colors and amenities. Moreover, some hospitals can offer prenatal education classes to prepare parents for the birth experience. To make family-centered approach the presence of family members, friends and even children during vaginal birth are allowed. Obstetricians, gynecologists and possibly certified nurse midwife will be present during the birth and they could handle complications, and perform cesarean sections if needed. They also take care both of mother and baby.
What to choose?
To decide which one is right for you have to verify whether your doctor or health care provider will only deliver at certain time. It is recommended to get a tour of the hospital or birth centre to make sure that staff and atmosphere are friendly. Before you make any decision answer following questions:
• Is a birth center/hospital easy to go?
• How it is equipped in case of emergency.
• What professionals are on staff and whether they are licensed?
• What is nurse-to-patient ratio?
• How many cases of cesarean sections, episiotomies, and mortality did hospital/center have?
• What procedures are followed after your baby’s birth?