(Closed) Where do you plan to give birth?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Where do you plan to give birth?
    At a hospital : (97 votes)
    74 %
    At a birthing center : (16 votes)
    12 %
    At a homebirth : (18 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    553 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I would love the option of a birthing center but we have Tricare (military) insurance and our options are limited. I also wanted to consider a hospital that allows midwives but also not an option for us. 

     

    Post # 4
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    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’ve always assumed hospital but now the idea of a homebirth is growing on me.  Unfortunately, there’s not much for birthing centers within 50 miles that I know of so I think I pretty much just have two options.  Fortunately, my SIL is a L&D nurse at the regional hospital so at least I would have a good advocate if I wind up there.

    ETA: Great idea for a thread!  I’m very curious to see how it lines out.

    Post # 5
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    1023 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Not pregnant, won’t be for a while, but I really hope that when the time comes I can/will do it at home.

    Post # 6
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    1585 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Not Pregnant but would never think of having a baby anywhere else but a hospital.   Anywhere else just freaks me out…  What if something happens and you need to go in for emergency surgery to save your childs life???  Maybe they have surgery rooms at birthing centers but there is no OR at home.

    Maybe the fact that I work in the medical industry makes me think of all the things that can go wrong…

    Post # 7
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    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We will be giving birth at the local hospital. It’s the same hospital me and my family members were delivered at.

    Recently I have found birthing centers to be quite interesting so maybe we will try that option out with the other children we plan on having.

    Post # 8
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    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I definitely plan to give birth in a hospital. They just built a new “birthing center” inside the major hospital by our house (not sure if “birthing center” generally means something else, like, not a part of a hospital), and it’s really nice. Everyone gets a private room with a separate bed for dad, they have private whirlpool baths, and are very open to all different birthing plans and preferences.

    Childbirth is dangerous, and I want to be closest to all the medical professionals and the OR and ER, just in case those are necessary, for me or the baby.

    Post # 9
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    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Things going awry is definitely a concern with homebirths.  My childhood best friend nearly had things go very badly with her first child.  The midwife mistook the shoulder for the head and so she had to be rushed to the hospital (25 minutes away) for an emergency C-section.  After hearing that story I didn’t understand how you could feel comfortable giving birth anywhere but a hospital. 

    I’ve definitely learned a lot since then but I think a lot of my comfort with the idea of a homebirth comes from the fact we may live outside of town but we’re not far from the hospital.  When J’s grandmother had use her “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up button” we beat the ambulance there even though she lives in town! 

    That and I love water and am guessing I will probably want it when I’m laboring.  I think if more hospitals had birthing pools I would be more inclined to go for it.  If we do go the homebirth route it will be interesting to see what my family says.  They probably won’t understand it.  And seeing how J’s mom and sister both work in the hospital they probably won’t either. 

    Fortunately, that decision is still a long ways away for us!

    Post # 10
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    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I feel much safer giving birth at a hospital than anywhere else…at least the first time.

    Post # 11
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Definietly planning on a hospital. I’m going to want drugs, lol. And I just wouldn’t feel comfortable giving birth at home in case something goes wrong.

    Post # 12
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    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Not pregnant, but always grew up thinking babies were born in hospitals so that’s where I’ll be!

    Post # 13
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    1854 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Not there yet, but DH is adamant that it happens in a hospital… I never liked them and feel they don’t have a warm feeling to give birth, I was hoping for a more beautiful setting for this experience… But, he wants doctors and medical equipment right there next to me in case something were to happen and doesn’t trust anything but a hospital. So there it will be.

    Post # 14
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    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’m due in three weeks and we are planning on a homebirth. I have full confidence in my midwives and we live two minutes from the hospital… I feel very safe.

    Post # 15
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    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    I never seriously considered anywhere but a hospital – feel safer there, want a doctor to deliver my baby and planning on pain meds!

    Post # 16
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    A few of the hospitals in St Louis have a very hollistic approach. You can bring in doulas, you can labor however you want, you can eat/drink, they have suites, they have showers, etc.

    I will definitely be picking one of those =]. My mom and I are built the same–very very narrow in the pelvic region (i wouldn’t fit, basically), and she had an emergency c-section with me. I don’t want the same thing happening!

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