Home Birth vs. Birthing Center

posted 10 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have not given birth yet, but am currently pregnant.  I’m also a firm believer in doing what makes you most comfortable.

For me, that means going to a birthing center.  I feel most comfortable there because in case something went wrong, baby and I would be able to get care faster and from more sources than if I were at home.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

lahela017 : even if the birthing center and home have all the same medical services and neither is closer to the hospital.. I’d probably still opt for a birthing center so someone else can clean up the mess lol.  So many towels! Hah.  Also, I imagine the amount of postnatal care differs–just in terms of a nurse being available 24/7 to help you if needed, food being provided, etc.. but that obviously depends on your birthing center.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I am older and have had 6 children (three are adults now). Two in birthing centers, one in a hospital, and three at home. I prefer home any day. You’re in your element where you are able to relax, your body is used to the germs, you don’t have to go anywhere, it’s more peaceful. And for the PP, you don’t have to clean up. The midwife and (mostly) her assistant(s) do that (clean up, do laundry, etc. it’s pretty awesome!). There is some prep for your home, but nothing major, and the midwife should walk you through it. At a birthing center birth, you are usually discharged within 6 hours, so then you have to prepare to drive home when you’d rather just be in bed snuggling your newborn. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

LadyAna :  I didn’t birth at home, but I labored at home (I literally showed up to the hospital to push and my daughter was born 30 minutes after our arrival) and I will say that from talking to friends I seem to have had the best labor experience of any of them. I was just very comfortable in my space and my husband was an amazing labor partner. I had considered a home birth but my husband was very against it for safety (which in my case he was right…I ended up hemorrhaging so being at the hospital was clutch). Laboring at home for as long as possible and using the hospital midwife service was our compromise. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d have loved to give birth at home, but hubby wasn’t up for it so we compromised on the birth centre. In the end I had a bleed in labour so had to go to labour ward (upstairs in the hospital from the birth ccentre) 

i also laboured at home as much as possible. Son was born 2.5 hours after we arrived at hospital. I went in for the gas and air tbh.

i suspect I’ll have the same this time so will be in the labour ward 🙁 id much prefer the birth centre as it’s so nice.

really though it comes down to where you feel most comfortable. My mum had a domino delivery with me where she laboured at home for as long as possible then went in to deliver.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I had a homebirth with my second child (it ended up being unassisted because he came so fast – no one made it in time). The midwives cleaned everything up after they arrived, and once all the checking me, checking baby, stitching me up, and making sure I was ok was done, I got to relax in my own home. It was wonderful and I don’t regret the homebirth for a moment. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m pregnant with my first and will go to the hospital for our birth. We don’t have any birthing centers in our area and my husband is not on board with a home birth. I do plan to labor at home as long as possible. 

I’m just chiming in to recommend a podcast called The Birth Hour.  The host interviews a mom about her birth story and there are so many kinds of births featured. I’ve learned a lot from listening. She has guests who have done everything from an unassisted home birth to midwife deliveries at home, birth centers, and hospital births of all kinds. The stories are beautiful and so interesting. If you’re into podcasts, you might check it out and just listen to some different experiences to help decide!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

LadyAna :  My mom had me at a birthing center because she didn’t want to deal with supplies, clean up, etc. I do not have kids, but I know that if I do, home is the right option for me. I would be more comfortable there, and would like to be able to lay in my own bed, throw up in my own toilet, etc.

It’s truly a personal preference, since the midwife will bring all of the same supplies to your house that there are in the center. Decide what makes you feel more comfortable.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The thought of giving birth at my home seems really unappealing to me. I think you just need to decide what makes most sense for you.  I had little birth plan but after laboring a bit decided on an epidural which was great. My daughter also needed nicu care so I’m glad there was no time to waste there. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

lindsayE :  The Birth Hour is amazing. I’m obsessed! 

Post # 13
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

me too!  I only recently discovered it and I have been listening to an episode every day since I found it!  I am feeling so much more confident in my body’s ability to birth after listening to all of the stories! RoseandShine :  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d have liked some time in the tub (with bubbles and champagne) but in the end it all happened so quick. I’d not plan too much on the tub as you might not get it at all. LadyAna :  

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