How Do I Know What Kind of Birth to Choose?
In the time leading up to your due date, it’s natural to question your choice of birth. Mothers often find themselves confused between home births, hospital births, and delivering at a stand-alone birth center like Willow Midwife Center.
Before we talk about the different options, know that any method you choose to give birth is great as long as you’re comfortable with it. Ultimately, the only thing that matters is the well-being of you and your baby.
Some women choose to give birth at home, with the assistance of a doula or midwife, due to a number of reasons:
- Delivering in a familiar and comfortable environment
- Avoiding unnecessary medical intervention and monitoring
- Being surrounded by family and friends
- Low costs
- Cultural or religious values
Generally, home birth is safe for low-risk pregnancies. However, it’s imperative to understand that home birth lacks the facilities a hospital care setting might have. For this reason, ACOG recommends against home birth in certain circumstances. These include:
- Multiples pregnancy
- Previous C section
- Breech or other malpresentation
- History of complications in previous pregnancies
Birth Center Birth
A birth center, such as Willow Midwife Center, is designed to provide you with a home-like, natural birthing experience without any medical or surgical interventions. We have trained midwives and nurses, to assist you through your pregnancy and birth through physiological and medical care.
It’s different from home birth in the sense that there is an entire team to assist your care not only during labor but throughout your pregnancy. We also have a number of natural coping techniques to assist you with labor pains and extended labor.
Like home birth, delivering at a birth center is considered safe for low-risk pregnancies and contraindicated for anyone with high-risk factors in current or previous pregnancies. However, most birth centers will do an initial survey to check if you qualify for birth center admission.
A Note On Water Birth
In water birth, a part of your labor, delivery, or sometimes both occurs while you’re sitting in a warm water bath. You can choose to do it for the early stages of labor only and deliver outside water, or you can continue to deliver in the water in some settings. Water birth can be in a deep bath or birthing pool at a birthing center, at home, or in some hospitals.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that laboring in water might benefit low-risk pregnancies during the first stage of labor. However, they also state that delivering the baby underwater carries some risks that can be avoided by the presence of trained nurses and midwives.
It is considered safe for low-risk pregnancies or for women with previous successful vaginal deliveries. However, it’s best to consult your healthcare provider before you decide what to do.
Many people are familiar with the idea of hospital birth but may not be educated on all of the aspects of receiving care in a hospital. Typically, you would go to an
OB/Gyn for routine checkups throughout your pregnancy and then get admitted to the hospital at the start of your labor. A team of doctors and nurses helps you deliver your baby by either spontaneous vaginal delivery or surgery if indicated.
Hospital births are often chosen for the assumed additional safety they assure since medical help is nearby. However, care is often less personalized and oftentimes less comfortable compared to other options due to strict rules and policies most hospitals have. This is the usual recommended method for a high-risk pregnancy.
Now remember, no matter what option you settle on, the only thing that matters is your own personal satisfaction with it. As long as you’re happy and comfortable with your decision, you’re doing great! To learn more about our birth, midwifery, and wellness services, give us a call at 480-565-5990 or send us a message!