A nationally accredited, licensed birth center is a healthcare facility that offers a wide variety of support and natural options for pregnant and birthing mothers. Nurse-midwives, licensed midwives and even some physicians have privileges to assist mothers and deliver babies at birth centers all over the U.S.
Birth centers offer birthing moms a home-like setting in a medical environment. The birth rooms often resemble a room from a house and the smaller support staff offers a more natural approach to labor and delivery. While some birth centers, like the ones located inside of hospitals, can still have a medical feel to them, they are more likely to honor the patient's wishes and safely follow birth plans. In the event of a medical emergency, patients are transferred to the nearest hospital.
• Some don't accept insurance coverage
• If not attached to a hospital, there's no access to an operating room or neonatal care in the event of an emergency
• Patients must have an uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancy
A traditional hospital birth experience depends on where you chose to birth your baby, the hospital staff and the support system you bring with you.
Typically, when you deliver your baby in the hospital, you will be assigned a nurse for the majority of your labor then your obstetrician will arrive closer to the time of delivery. If you deliver your baby in the middle of the night, you could be assigned the on-call doctor if your doctor is not available.
Pregnant mothers are also welcome to deliver their babies in a hospital with the care of a family practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife, provided they have privileges at the hospital.
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