When it comes to birthing, there are plenty of options available to suit whatever type of birth you imagined for you and your baby. From the more well-known hospital births all the way to having your baby in the comfort of your own home, planning what you and your partner want to do is an important aspect of pregnancy. This consideration should be thought of early in the pregnancy in order to plan and prepare for whatever option you choose, so it’s important to understand all the different choices available and make the best decision for you and your little one.
Hospital births are probably the most common, with the vast majority of women in the U.S. choosing to give birth in a hospital over anywhere else. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, then hospital births are probably your best bet. There’s a little more room for freedom if you have a low-risk pregnancy, but sometimes you might still choose the choose the safety of a hospital room. However, some find hospitals too clinical for their liking.
There are clinics that are run by midwives that supply a homey, comfortable feel compared to a medical institution. A midwife will be able to get in touch with a doctor for instructions regarding medications, tests, or surgery if necessary, so medical knowledge is never a concern.
Birthing centers are generally affiliated with a local hospital for you to be transferred in case a problem occurred, but only healthy, low-risk pregnancies should choose to give birth in a birthing center. The benefits of a birthing center include a more personalized level of attention while still having modern technology, a home-like environment, and a natural childbirth where your needs come first.
A home birth is the least common choice for women, with not even 1% in the U.S. choosing to give birth at home. The reason women choose home births varies, however, it usually reflects the desire to have their baby in the comfort of their own home. This choice comes with many extra responsibilities, though, and should not be chosen lightly.
No matter which option you choose, though, it’s important to do your research and fully understand what you are getting into with each one. Remember that giving birth is a beautiful, natural thing that should be an incredible and healthy experience for you. After all, you are bringing your bouncing baby into the world… it’s a pretty big deal.