Post # 1
I’m thinking of switching ob/gyn practices. I’m leaning toward going with the birth center that’s close to my home. I’ve always been drawn to it and have recently gotten my husband on board. The birth center in my town has an awesome reputation. They specialize in low-risk, med-free births, which is what I’m aiming for. I also really like that my appointments are there and my childbirth classes will also be there, so by the time it comes to deliver, I’ll be very familiar and comfortable with the environment. Hopefully that will make things less stressful (I hate hospitals!). The also have a great relationship with the local hospital (which does a good job of promoting low-intervention births, as well) and admitting privileges if any complications (or even a worry of a potential complicaiton) were to arise.
Anyone else going with or who went with a freestanding birth center? How satisfied have you been with your experience?
Post # 2
bluegreenjean: This is just my opinion – but personally, I would never give birth anywhere but a hospital where there is access to the best equipment if an emergency arises. Many pregnancies can be low risk and have complications arise suddenly while in labor. Again, just my two cents, but I wouldn’t put myself OR my baby at risk of not having help there immediately if something were to go wrong.
I also don’t know much about free standing birth centers – so maybe this equipment is available there as well? What if they need to get baby out immediately through emergency c-section? Can they do that at the birth center or do you need to be transferred?
Post # 3
weatherbug: If anything gives them any reason for concern throughout your pregnancy, you give birth at the local hospital. It’s a very safe option if you are low-risk and they will only accept you as a patient if you are low risk. I will not be placing myself or my baby at risk by going there. I have fully researched this particular, well-regarded establishment and have been fully satisfied that I am in good hands. It is simply a matter of personal preference at this point. That’s why I am asking people what their experiences have been like — to see if it is a good fit for me personally.
Post # 4
I did a birth center with my second birth (6 weeks ago) and I loved it!!! as you said they will transfer if there is any concern at all. But it was very low key. it was a second birth so I had a very good idea of what to expect and how I would handl it. So for the most part they left me alone except for a few heartbeat checks.
I have heard ears from other mothers that they have been very supportive including counter pressure etc.
eta: they did have many medical aids. I hemoraged with my first and they had many drugs and were prepared to deal with that. They have oxygen if needed. If you are concerned just ask. That is what we did with the bleeding concern. We didn’t need any of that for this birth.
Post # 5
bluegreenjean: I had all my care, from my first appointment until my 6 week postpartem check-up, at a free-standing birth center. I LOVED it. We did our birth classes there and a breastfeeding class as well. Just like the one you’re looking at, this center has an excellent reputation, the midvies are certified nurse midwives (CNM) and have admitting privileges at the hospital if you need to transfer. They have better outcomes for low-risk, healthy pregnancies than hospitals/OBs have! Anyways, I DID end up being transferred to the hospital when my labor stalled at 9 cm for several hours. They definitely erred on the side of caution since pretty much as soon as we got to the hospital things picked up again and my son was born fairly soon after (with no medical intervention needed). My husband also loved the birth center experience and greaty preferred it to a hospital setting. We plan to have a second baby there, when the time comes. Best of luck to you! Feel free to ask me any other questions about my experience! And here’s my birth story if you’re interested:
MrsAKSkier's birth center birth with hospital transfer- non-traumatic!
Post # 6
weatherbug: That’s fine if you would only feel comfortable in a hospital, but there have been numerous large-scale studies done (I could probably find some if you are interested) and the outcomes for low-risk pregnancies are actually BETTER than at a hospital with an OB. Giving birth in a reputable birth center with CNMs is NOT putting your baby or yourself at risk, if you are healthy.
Post # 7
I was going to go to a free standing birthing center, but ended up with a home birth at the last minute after the birthing center had to close (Same midwife). I loved my experience there.
I ran into some complications at the end of my pregnany due to high blood pressure, so they had me monitored very closely with weekly blood tests, nst and ultrasound to make sure that we were both ok. They offered to switch to a hospital birth if I wanted t, but I’m glad i stuck with them. Knowing who was going to be there for sure and being familiar with them, with them knowing what was our plan made things a lot less stressful. I did have an hemorrhage but my midwife took care of it, and they have everything to resurrect the baby if necessary.
just be prepared and know that a transfer might be necessary, and I would recommend visiting the hospital too just in case.
Post # 8
MrsAKSkier: What a great birth story, and cute baby!! Thanks for sharing.