Home Birth vs. Birthing Center

posted 10 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
1976 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I am currently pregnant and together with my obstetrician have decided to give birth in a hospital. 

Post # 17
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

lindsayE :   I had my daughter 2 years ago and I had listened to it before that. I truly believe it made my birth easier. My whole team commented on how relaxed and controlled I was and asked what kind of classes I took. I hadn’t taken a single course though. They aren’t readily available in my area. I just felt so informed and so confident in my body. I recommend it to every pregnant person I know!

Post # 18
808 posts
Busy bee

The tub. Is. AMAZING! I was a bit iffy about that idea at first, but once I was in labor they couldn’t have paid me to get out of it, lol.

I gave birth in a free-standing birth center, and I’m really struggling to find any cons with it. Everything is already set up and sterilized. They’ve got a full stock of everything they need right at their fingertips, so no risk of “uh oh I forgot to bring such and such” (not sure if that ever happens but I’m paranoid about it, lol). Everything is “pregnancy-and-postpartum-friendly”…no stairs, a walk in shower, an exam table for easy stitching/evaluation, etc. I didn’t have to worry about getting anything messy. I didn’t have to worry about keeping my house clean/appropriate for visitors (even though I know they probably couldn’t care less, it’s just a mental hurdle for me). Just knowing that hundreds of babies have been successfully born in the same place also gave me some peace in a weird way. By the time I gave birth, I had been over there sooo many times for check-ups that it had become like a second-home anyway, so I felt really comfortable there.   

Post # 19
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

lindsayE :   RoseandShine :  The Birth Hour is amazing! I recommend it to all my friends expecting! It’s amazing to hear the different stories, how each woman went about the birth they wanted, how some were not at all according to their birth plan. It helps you understand what to expect but also be relaxed and go with your body. Loved it! 

Post # 23
7442 posts
Busy Beekeeper

LadyAna :  I thought I’d definitely want to at least labor in the tub, but when the time came I really just wanted to sit on the toilet. I ended up switching between the toilet, a yoga ball, and just walking around. I would select the location that has all the options you may think you want because you just never know until you’re in the middle of labor what you’ll really want. 

I keep telling my husband to be ready to catch baby #2 haha. The midwives and nurses at the hospital asked me “oh so how many big siblings at home?” because my kid came SO fast they just assumed it wasn’t my first lol. They all said “oh yea you probably aren’t going to make it here for your next one if the first came this quickly”. 

Post # 24
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I looked into both options, but ended up with midwives in the hospital. However, that was more sbout the provider themselves. If I could use my current providers in any setting then I’d choose a birthing center. The ones I visited were welcoming and relaxing. I wouldn’t have had to clean up after or have my family do it and I would be more at easy about going in then I am with driving to the hospital. 

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