Most parents choose birth center care because they feel more comfortable at a birth center than in a hospital. They do not want unnecessary interventions. They believe in their bodies’ ability to give birth and trust the process of birth. They want to be full participants in the birth of their babies. They believe that a birth center is the safest place for them to give birth, unless unexpected complications should arise. You should not feel pressured by anyone else to give birth at the birth center. It is important that both partners feel comfortable with the decision to give birth at the birth center.
Is a birth center a good choice for you?
You may be a good candidate for out of hospital birth if you:
- are in good health
- accept responsibility for your decisions regarding your healthcare
- believe you are the most qualified to make decisions regarding yourself and baby
- eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle
You may not be a good candidate if you:
- are diabetic
- have heart disease
- high blood pressure
- or had certain complications during previous pregnancies or births (prior cesarean birth does not necessarily place you at risk for future out of hospital birth)