In this day and age women have come a long way in deciding how they may want to birth their baby. My first baby was only a twelve-hour labor but felt like three days because I was kept flat on my back with Pitocin drip in the IV no movement at all and a very unpleasant hospital staff. I couldn’t wait to be released from the hospital even though I had little to no education on how to take care of my daughter. I was actually terrified when I got pregnant a second time. Luckily, I found this an extremely different hospital experience and more pleasant. Today we have birth options. You have a choice where to have your baby whether at home with or without a midwife (unassisted), a birthing center is more likely to employ Doulas and licensed midwives, or traditionally in a hospital in a labor and delivery ward. There are also many styles of birth these days waterbirth, hypnobirth, VBAC, silent birth, medicated birth (do you want or need drugs?) scheduled birth (date picked and C-section scheduled) to name a few.So what’s best for you?
No one should tell you how to have your baby.  What you want to do is research be the most educated possible on all the options. I would definitely ask friends who recently had babies their opinions as well about where they had their babies. What does each option have that is unique and allows you to feel most comfortable?

Here is a short definition of each option:

Unassisted birth– refers to the process of intentionally giving birth without the assistance of a medical or professional birth attendant. It is also known as freebirth, DIY (do-it-yourself) birth, unhindered birth, unassisted home birth, and couples birth.

Home Birth is childbirth that occurs outside a hospital or birthing center setting, usually in the home of the mother with the assistance of a midwife. The home birth rate in the U.S. was predicted to continue its rise according to the CDC that states U.S. home births increased by 29% from 2004 to 2009.

Birthing Center– A medical facility that is designed to provide a comfortable setting more like home during childbirth. Although most birthing centers are associated with a hospital, they are generally less restrictive than a hospital in its regulations, as in permitting midwifery and doula support or allowing family members or friends to attend the delivery.

Hospital birth – the definition here is an obvious one in a hospital with medically trained personnel.

There is nothing more empowering for you the mom then bringing your baby into this world. Your birth options are your own. Be adamant in what you want! This will relieve your own stress about labor and delivery.  Do your research for your local area and don’t ever be afraid to speak up and ask questions about what you want.

Many birth centers offer you many comfortable ways to labor naturally such as a bathtub, freedom to walk during labor. You may not find these options in a hospital. Things change very quickly in the labor, delivery fields something that may have been ok 5yrs prior may not be taking place in the hospital in the present.

This is your pregnancy, your birth be informed of all your options. This gives you the power on how you would like your baby’s birth to go.

 

by Ann Sawdo

Ann Sawdo is a regular HealthyBabyNetwork.com contributor and admin for BabyCountdown.com. Follow her on twitter @BabyCountdown