5 Compelling Reasons to Use a Birthing Center
Having a baby, whether he or she is your first or your fifth, is the single most important event in a woman’s life — and one of the happiest, too. Many women want alternatives to sterile and rigid hospital environments when that special day arrives. If you’re like many soon-to-be mamas and believe hospitals are best left for sick people, consider these important reasons to bring your little one into the world at a happy, calming birthing center.
A Birthing Center Is Like Home…With a Twist
When it comes to having a baby, giving birth at home is about as good as it gets. But everyone’s living space is different. Not all private residences are suitable for the birthing experience, and that’s where a birthing center comes in. Put simply, a birthing center is like a home away from home. It’s a comfortable, peaceful, and calming environment where you give birth to your baby. It’s not uncommon to find birthing centers in buildings that look like residences, with front porches, comfortable living rooms, kitchens stocked with yummy snacks, and private rooms set up for your ultimate comfort. Birthing centers are staffed with professionally trained and certified nurses, midwives, and doulas. These types of facilities also have medical equipment to make sure everything stays safe — from labor to delivery. Many birthing centers have relationships with medical doctors who can step in to assist on an as-needed basis.
Your Birth, Your Way
Over the past nine months, you may have been reading about alternative birthing, and you’ve probably already hired your doula. You’ve planned the big event down to the last detail — you know that you want a water birth, you want your baby to stay attached to the umbilical cord until it stops pulsing, and you want to save your placenta for encapsulation. A birthing center can quickly and easily put your birthing plan in motion so you can focus on yourself and your baby.
Speaking of Water Births…
Mothers the world over report that giving birth in water is an empowering and beautiful experience. Even if you use your bathtub at home, you and your partner still have to monitor the environment and make sure it is safe for the birth. Many women also rent specialized tubs to have their water births at home, which require setup and monitoring throughout the experience. Birthing centers have the best, state-of-the-art water birthing equipment, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up and returning equipment during your recovery.
Mama and New Baby’s Wellbeing
As a parent, you have a say in what happens to your little bundle of joy. Giving birth at a birthing center makes it possible for you, if you so choose, to:
- Breastfeed right away.
- Skip the needle pricks, ointments, and other standards practiced by hospitals in the care of newborns.
- Avoid vaccinations.
- Give your body the time it needs to give birth naturally, meaning avoid induced labor, a C-section, or both.
Your Right to Be Spoiled
Like any other special day in your life, your birth day is a time for you to spoil yourself. Whether it’s listening to your favorite jazz music the entire time, watching your favorite movies, sharing constant laughs with family and friends, or meditating in complete silence, your birthing center staff can make it all happen. You can even have something to eat and drink as the spirit moves you.
At Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center, our professional, compassionate birth center staff will do everything they can to make your labor and delivery an easy, calm experience. With the Jackson South Hospital just across the street, and our birth center under the direction of our Board Certified OB/GYN, so you can also feel secure knowing that a medical facility and highly trained medical staff is close by should you require it. If you’d like to learn more about Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center, or if you’re interested in having a doula help assist you with labor, contact Debra today.