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Exicting news- a birthing center! Baby Love. 3 kids; Washington 3120 posts
29th Apr '13

I haven't been on in a little while, but I'm excited and had to share.



We've decided to switch to a midwife and a birthing center. I've had two perfect labor and deliveries with my OB in the hospital here. No epidurals, but they were inductions. I hated having a new nurse come in constantly to up the Pitocin, flip the lights on, ask me questions. I really just didn't get to labor the way I wanted to, which bothered me. Both of the girls were full term (Tay at 39 weeks) and I felt like I was out of place in the hospital- it's where sick and dying people go. Not healthy women to have babies.



I'm 24 weeks, but I'm switching to a midwife and a freestanding birthing center. It's a little over an hour away, but I trust myself to know when to head up there. My first appointment with them is Thursday. I can NOT WAIT to have someone supporting me that believes in the same concepts I do. I think I'm most excited about laboring in a bedroom setting, with a big bed, and a birthing tub. I won't have people breathing down my neck, and I really can't wait for the whole experience. PLUS- they come to your house 5 times after the birth in the first 6 weeks, and offer ongoing breastfeeding support.



Did you have your baby in a birthing center? Stories?

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
29th Apr '13

Oh that's awesome! I'm jealous of people even having the option for birthing centers. I loved my hospital birth but I hate not even having the option!

Baby Love. 3 kids; Washington 3120 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" Oh that's awesome! I'm jealous of people even having the option for birthing centers. I loved my hospital birth but I hate not even having the option!"


Why don't you? We have no local birthing centers, so I'm driving a ways. But it's going to be worth it!

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
29th Apr '13

Yay! I have had 2 hospital births and a birth center birth. The birth center birth was by far the best! Congrats Momma! :)

Simply, Mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Upland, 11704 posts
29th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Baby Love.:</b>" Why don't you? We have no local birthing centers, so I'm driving a ways. But it's going to be worth it!"</blockquote>




Not answering for her but the reason i cant even though i found an awesome one is it is 5200 for it all and i have to pay for it by the birth and my insurance wouldnt cover it. my insurance only covers hospital. thats why midwives are trying hard to get more insurance cover for birthing centers and their services

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
29th Apr '13

We don't have any around here or I might try it, but I would want to be near a hospital. That would be if anyone would even let me. The nearest one is 3 hours and that is like a house in the country where a midwife practices by the looks of it. The next nearest is 6 hours away from me.

AaliyahVal'sMommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Ohio 1364 posts
29th Apr '13

I wish i was getting something like that done.
I wanted a water birth but found out i couldn't have one because my doctor said "Doctors don't feel it's safe to water birth."
I'm being induced tomorrow and i'm really hoping they don't expect me to be on my back (the way babies are not supposed to be birthed)
and let me move around a bit or at least sit over the side.
I plan on no epidural also.

Amanda.M 2 kids; St Albans, Vermont 890 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" Oh that's awesome! I'm jealous of people even having the option for birthing centers. I loved my hospital birth but I hate not even having the option!"


Same here! We dont have a birthing center or even a midwife in my area!

"L" 2 kids; Danville, Indiana 5901 posts
29th Apr '13

Damn I want to go to this one but its like 3.5 hours away: http://www.goshenbirthcenter.com/

Princess Celestia +1 1 child; Tallahassee, Florida 3636 posts
29th Apr '13

I couldn't imagine getting my prenatal care from anyone other than a midwife.



Mine is amazing.



I've always wondered why a lot of insurance companies only cover hospital births. Mine covers everything, I don't have to pay a dime. But it just seems like they would LIKE women going to birthing centers, since it saves them money... lol. Maybe there's a reason to it, idk.

Baby Love. 3 kids; Washington 3120 posts
29th Apr '13

Insurance issues are clear- they accept my insurance. And doctors don't accept a lot of natural things. ;) I wish everyone had the option. I'm sooooo excited!

Baby Love. 3 kids; Washington 3120 posts
29th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Princess Celestia [13]:</b>" I couldn't imagine getting my prenatal care from anyone other than a midwife. Mine is amazing. I've ... [snip!] ... like they would LIKE women going to birthing centers, since it saves them money... lol. Maybe there's a reason to it, idk."</blockquote>



Doctors make more, insurance companies pay less for liability which doesn't make sense because medical interventions are so dangerous. The hospital is not one I've delivered at before but it's 2 miles from the birthing center I'm going to.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25151 posts
3rd May '13

My son was born in a free standing birth center that's about 30 minutes from our house. It's an experience I'd never take back for a moment. It was THE best. Sadly, I have insurance change and this second baby will have to be born in a hospital. While I am not scared, I am sad it has to be this way. I am giving birth in a "baby friendly" hospital so I am hoping for the best in the end. To say the least, you made a WISE choice. It'll be WORTH the drive, I promise.

Baby Love. 3 kids; Washington 3120 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting I♡C+#2.:" My son was born in a free standing birth center that's about 30 minutes from our house. It's an experience ... [snip!] ... hospital so I am hoping for the best in the end. To say the least, you made a WISE choice. It'll be WORTH the drive, I promise."


Plans changed anyways. :( They discharge 3 hours after birth and that scares me.

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting Baby Love.:" Plans changed anyways. :( They discharge 3 hours after birth and that scares me."

But you don't legally have to leave 3 hours after. :) That is just when they recommend. It is really not bad though. I left 3 hours after my son was born and got to sleep in my own bed. Then my midwife came over in the morning and did a full exam and checkup and then came back the next day. She was also on call 24/7 should I need her. You actually do get a lot more rest and recover faster in your own bed. :)