(Closed) Hospital Vs. Home Birth Vs. Birth Center

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

No kids of my own, but read this the other day. Food for thought. 

Post # 3
432 posts
Helper bee

If I had a birth center attached to a hospital or free-standing with a certified nurse midwife (a masters educated RN) I would do that. Home birth can and does turn out well. But many are attened by lay midwives (those who have minimal actual medical training) and lack the ability to do real medical interventions in an emergency. There are ways to have a natural, home like birth at a hospital, you just have to have a provider who agrees. The issue remains that while many pregnancies and births are low risk and turn out well, a low risk normal pregnancy can turn into an emergecy birth very quickly and the ability to have immediate medical intervention can mean the difference in life and death or serious disability. 

Post # 4
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hospital with midwife – safety was my number one factor. 

Post # 5
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Not pregnant but TTC soon and plan to deliver at a hospital with a midwife & also have a doula. Agree with PP about safety being number one factor for me. 

Post # 6
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I chose a hospital with a NICU. That was important to me. I would not choose the other options for various reasons. 

Post # 7
4318 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I planned a hospital birth with my midwife, but baby boy had other plans and came at home. I was very lucky that we had no complications, and had I not needed stitches we would have been able to just stay home.

That being said,  I would have definitely preferred a hospital…as PP said, things can go very wrong very quickly,  and it’s not a risk I would choose to take. 

Post # 8
7740 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I chose a hospital. Home birth wasn’t really an option given how far from any medical center we live. And safety was really the most important thing for me. I am very happy to have chosen the hospital when my second son was born because he had the cord wrapped around his neck and lost oxygen with every contraction. Without a scalp monitor we would not have known he was in distress, and given how slowy he was making his way out he could easily have incurred brain damage without intervention. Obviously, this is not the case for most births, but it was also not a risk we could have predicted ahead of time.

Post # 9
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t know much about birthing centers, but i do know that to choose a home birth is to choose the comforts of a familiar environment over a sterile one. I dont know that I would feel comfortable with just passing on the option to have a fully trained team of professionals there to help with such a serious thing. It seems pretty important to have someone there who could actually save a life if one could be lost. That’s my 2 cents.

Post # 10
997 posts
Busy bee

I love the idea of home births but for me personally they are not worth the risk. Im pregnant with my third little one and can’t imagine not having him in the hospital. After my first I haemorrhaged really badly and thank god I was in the hospital or I could have bled out.

Post # 11
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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serendipityz:  just a heads up but the author of the article you linked isn’t exactly known for being objective and tends to write inflammatory articles on a regular basis.  Unfortunately any good message or credibility she might have is often lost in her delivery!

OP – I believe in home birth for those women who are suitable candidates but my own personal preference is to deliver in hospital with a midwife who is happy to let me do my thing (I’ve had two midwife-attended hospital births). i believe that home birth can be just as safe and a GOOD midwife knows when to make the call re: transferring to hospital.

Post # 12
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are 36+3 with our first and will be having a hospital birth with an OB! Being a medical professional myself, (graduating nursing school this weekend) I know way too much about what can possibly go wrong and would never be comfortable with a home birth. Additionally, my OB is the closest to a midwife I could get while still having an actual doctor, another personal comfort of mine!

Post # 13
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

i dont have any children but i am a registered nurse for 22years working in the operating room. i think personally you can do anything you want its just the life of you and your child. i dont know much about birthing centers or home births but i can tell you DOZENS of horror stories of emergency ceserean sections that saved the life of both child and mother. and time was of the essence of saving their lives. so take this into consideration, if you decide to risk the life of you and more importantly the life of your unborn child and you can live with that for the rest of your life, then by all means go for a birth plan that doesnt include properly educated people or facility. I dont mean to be dramatic but last week i added another “routine” delivery turn into life saving c-section story to my list and i am still jacked up from it.

Post # 14
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I chose a hospital and I’m very glad I did. My delivery was smooth and wonderful, but I  hemorrhaged severely afterwards and lost half of my blood volume. Had I been any where else I doubt I would have survived.

Post # 15
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

My daughter finally gave birth to her first child in October. In fact, today is my granddaughter’s 7 month anniversary. I was with her at the hospital with a midwife. Shortly after she gave birth, while holding the baby, I watched her nearly bleed out. A blood vessel had suddenly broken and had she not been where she was at the time, minutes away from a surgeon, she might not be alive today.


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