Here at BettyRuth, we love hearing from real moms about their experiences. And after spending the last few weeks discussing the rise in birthing center, we’re sitting down with one of our friends to chat about her choice to use a birth center and what she thought of it!
Honestly, it was an easy decision for us. My son was delivered at a hospital where my initial birth plan went out of the window. However, this time around, I felt like there were other options for delivering that appealed to my personal ideas, especially birthing centers. After reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and talking to my husband, we knew we wanted to deliver at Baby + Co.
I was initially drawn to them out of curiosity. My husband is French and in France almost all babies are delivered by midwives there, (except it extraordinary complications, of course). We were both interested to see how this kind of delivery would work here in the US.
Additionally, I was very intrigued after seeing the photos of their amazingly home-like birthing suites!
My experience with prenatal appointments, labor, and delivery was beautiful! During the prenatal visits, the midwives had a genuine interest in how I was doing. From speaking with me about my sleep habits to my nutrition to stress levels, they got to know me personally. I'm also quite inquisitive and always had a list of questions for the midwives. They never made me feel as if I was bothering them with my concerns, which was wonderful.
Labor and delivery were like a dream for me. Although the midwife was present she let my husband and I, calmly and quietly, work together to get through labor. We arrived at the birthing center at midnight and no one else was there with us. We had one dim lamp turn on in the corner and that was it. I labored with my chest on a blue chair in the room while my husband rubbed my back. Eventually, I made my way into the tub, which I must say, was magical. I loved it! My husband gently stroked my hair when the waves of pressure encouraged our baby girl closer to meeting us. She was in fact born in the water, a perfectly healthy baby girl whom we named Claire.
Yes! I think that it's a great option for women; one that should be more readily available all over the US.
I would say, if I could only pick one thing, please seek education. Whether you read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, attend a Hypnobabies class, or take the wonderful birth education classes at Baby+Co, be educated in your decision. Having the proper knowledge really helped me prepare for my labor and delivery. It also gave me faith in my body's ability to deliver my baby. Remember, you can do this!
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