5 Reasons to Give Birth at a Birth Center

Pregnancy is one of the most life-changing events a woman experiences during her life. It’s an emotionally-charged and physically challenging experience. This is why it’s important that you make well-informed decisions regarding each aspect of your pregnancy.

The delivery of your baby is probably one of the most important moments of your life. You need to have complete autonomy and control of your environment so you feel as comfortable as you need to be during this time. This is where a birth center comes in.

Giving birth at a birth center allows you to have more autonomy and more control of the conditions in which you give birth. You get to experience birth in its natural form, without any unnecessary medical intervention.

There are many other benefits to giving birth at a birth center, and here are some of them.

1. Midwives respect your informed decisions

At a birth center, a midwife is usually your primary healthcare provider. They’re certified individuals that are trained to help you experience natural birth while guiding you and helping you with any issues you might be having.

While they are trained in health provision, they allow you complete autonomy in decisions regarding your healthy pregnancy. You can talk to them regarding any concerns or requests you have about your pregnancy. As long as it’s safe for both you and your baby, they’ll not only respect your decision but will also assist you in every way possible.

For example, during birth, you can choose to not have any medication for pain, or you can choose patient-controlled analgesia. Whatever you choose, your midwife will help you make it happen. 

2. It is a comfortable and home-like space

A birthing suite at a birth center is a very comfortable, home-like space where you have a lot of freedom to do whatever you want. 

Unlike a hospital, you can choose to have as many friends and family as you want with you during your birth. In addition to that, you can adjust your birthing suite environment as you like. You can play your favorite music, have your essential oil diffuser, and even bring in your favorite blanket to keep you comfortable!

3. They use as little intervention as possible

A hospital has to follow certain protocols with all their patients, which involves using standard interventions. This may include pain medication, medication to expedite contractions, and any other surgical interventions that might be needed.

However, a birth center is very different in this regard. Here, you don’t have to get any unnecessary interventions if you choose to not have any. Your midwife can always suggest certain things according to their expertise, but it’s always up to you if you want to follow through with it or not.

4. You are part of the decision-making process

You get to make your birth plan however you want. You can fine-tune it to the tiniest details, and your healthcare providers at Charleston Birth Place will work with you to make sure all your wishes are met. 

At every step of the way, our team works with you, so you’re equally involved in every step of the decision-making process. You don’t have to follow through with any procedures or interventions if you don’t want to. You are informed of any medication or intervention that is being given to you, and you get to decide if you want it or not.

5. You receive personal, individualized, loving care

Unlike a hospital, where you receive generic care that every patient gets, a birth center aims to give you care that is personalized to your needs. You can make special requests regarding your care, and our team will cater to our needs to the best of our abilities.