When the time comes, where would you ...

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When the time comes, where would you ...
Mon, 01-12-2009 - 1:08pm
When the time comes, where would you like to deliver your baby?

  • at a hospital
  • at a birthing center
  • at home
  • other
  • I'm not sure yet...

You will be able to change your vote.

Edited 1/12/2009 1:23 pm ET by nurse_molly



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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 1:22pm

So I have been thinking about this a lot for the last few


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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 1:49pm

Mind if I weigh in? :)

I would have loved a home birth. I decided against it for two reasons. One, my insurance wouldn't cover it, whereas I have full coverage for a non-home birth (I pay paid a $15 copay once). And two, my home hot water tank sucks, and I'm expecting to want to spend as much time in the shower as possible, since that's what I also want with pms.

I wasn't able to find a birth center in my area that I was happy with. Either I didn't like the hospital I would be transfered to in an emergency, or it was too far away.

So, I'm ending up at a hospital, though at its "birth center" which is very family-oriented and nice. And the midwife group there as well as many of the doctors are pro-natural birth, so the nurses are supportive. And the midwives and my OB also do waterbirths and have an aquadoula there.

If you can find a birth center you like, it's definitely an interesting idea. I believe the way it works is that they'd have a set of midwives on call at any time, so if you go into labor in the middle of the night, you probably end up meeting whatever midwife is on call at the birth center, though you'd have a reasonable chance of it being yours. They might even have you see a variety of the midwives over the course of your prenatal care, so you'd be more likely to know whoever was on call. I'm kind of making this up, but we just did childbirth classes with a midwife the weekend, and that's the general impression I got from her.

Starting this research early is really a good idea. Especially if you're aiming for a natural birth, it's important to choose your caregiver carefully. I see people on the EC's who want natural births and don't bring it up until they're 6 months in and discover that their OB is completely unsupportive. Not a fun place to be.



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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 3:55pm

I had DS at the birthing center in a local hospital. I would do it again there in a heart beat.

FYI - you may not have much say in the matter... unless you can cover the cost of your choice on your own or you have great insurance. A lot of insurances only cover births at hospitals and/or your DR or midwife may not have rights to assist you at a particular center. Make sure you look into all the factors before deciding where to go.


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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 6:18pm

I am saying at home, which is the way I am leaning right now. I always thought DH would want to do it at the hospital, so I even though I always felt like I would prefer a home birth, I never really considered it (for number one anyway). But at some point I mentioned it to DH, and he actually really likes the idea of a homebirth (though would support me if I wanted to go to a hospital).

But I am a very homey-type of person. Like when I feel uncomfortable at all, I just want to be naked in my bed and have all the comforts of home. I like to be in control of my own situation, and be able to do what I want to do. I also feel like birth is a really intense thing, and that from what I know of myself, I just won't want to leave to go to the hospital in the middle of labor.

So I am thinking home birth. I want to do a natural birth, so it really would work well. I'm not sure about our insurance, but that's something we would consider as well.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 7:58pm

I chose at a hospital, although that's only because it'll be baby #1. DH and I have discussed it a bit, and he would really feel more comfortable with me in a hospital. If/when we have baby #2, we can decide if we want to do it differently.

I wouldn't mind trying a birthing center or at home, but I can see his point, especially for the first delivery.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 9:29pm
i voted at a birthing center because it is where i would LIKE to give birth...they seem like a nice happy medium between super holistic in-home birth and clinical and sterile hospital birth. more of the comfort with all the security. unfortunately, it won't happen, since there are none anywhere near me (only two hospitals within a half-hour drive, and nothing else for hours and hours). i'm actually most interested in a water birth, but neither of the hospitals around here offer that. just the same-old same-old "labor, delivery, and recovery in the same room". everyone does that now, and these places tout it like it's something novel and innovative. i want a friggin tub, dammit! lol.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 9:52pm

I voted "birth center" because that's what I would do if I could. In this country and town there isn't such thing. I'll have to go to a hospital, but fortunantely, hospitals here tend to be more flexible with birth than what I hear from US hospitals. No epidurals unless the woman asks, virtually no meds, not so many c-sections.... and excellent rates in terms if mom and baby's health.

the downside?
Hospitals here are incredibly UGLY and third world from an aesthetic point of view!!! And I want to have my baby in a room like they show in "A baby story"... not someplace with a window looking a rooftop and "bile yellow" tiles!!!!

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:16pm
I said hospital because I have some medical history that could complicate birth.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:55pm
I voted hospital. If I had decided to have DS at home, he probably wouldn't be here now. Even if EVERYTHING seems fine, you never know what might happen.
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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 12:15am

I voted hospital. The hospital here has a nice birthing area. My plan would be to have as few people in the room as possible. I'm thinking OB, RN x2 max, and DH so it would be as laid back as possible. Most of the birthing areas are more homey and less hospital looking so that makes it more inviting then just laying in a white room with white sheets and nothing around.

I think that birthing centers are nice, however if something were to happen and I needed a C-section they would still have to load me up and ship me across town. I would much rather already be in the right building and just have to be rolled to a different floor. I wouldn't want to worry or wonder if those 15+ minutes getting me across town meant the difference in the out come.