The choice of birth setting can greatly influence your birth experience. The Birth Center offers some distinct advantages that are not available in the hospital. The Birth Center midwives follow these general practices that help keep birth “normal”:
- Labor should begin on its own.
- Laboring women should be free to move throughout labor.
- Laboring women should have continuous support from others throughout labor.
- There should be no routine interventions during labor and birth.
- Women should not give birth on their backs.
- Mothers and babies should not be separated after birth and should have unlimited opportunity for breast feeding.
The Birth Center is state licensed and nationally certified to provide a safe and comfortable place to have your baby. The midwives are able to deliver babies in the hospital when necessary but our preference and primary site of care is the Birth Center.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states:
For women who choose a midwife to help deliver their baby, it is critical that they choose only ACNM-certified or AMCB-certified midwives that collaborate with a physician to deliver their baby in a hospital, hospital-based birthing center, or properly accredited freestanding birth center.
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