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Old 12-19-05, 12:59 PM
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Question Birthing center birth?

My Midwife has a licensed Birth Center in addition to doing homebirths. I had to go there for one of my sons because I was in active labor, called the Midwife to come and she had 2 other women in labor at her Birth Center and couldn't come! It was nice and relaxing - she showered us with warm fresh towels after birth and it went fine, but it wasn't like having the baby at home for me. Is anyone planning on a Birthing Center birth or has anyone else had one? What was your experience?
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Old 12-28-05, 03:43 PM
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I talked with the midwife who runs
 
birthcenter. She and the other midwives seem very nice. They have huge tubs and 97% of the birtths there are underwater. I wish that their birth center was a little closer to my home though. It's about 45 minutes away with no traffic; with traffic it could take two hours to get there. Spending two hours in traffic in labor doesn't sound like much fun. I think I'll just stay at home next time.
 
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I had a wonderful experience at our birthing center. Loved the big tub. The two midwives were great. One was there with me all night for most of the labor. Once baby was close, the other arrived.

It was a warm, friendly place. I had wanted a waterbirth, but found it difficult to push in the tub. Ended up getting out and birthing Rosie on the bed. But spent most of my hard labor in the tub.

I had no desire to birth at home. I liked the idea of going someplace special for the birth. This worked out great for us!
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Well, after having a homebirth I can't imagine having a baby anywhere else now. Of course, for safety if there were any risks I'd have the baby at the hospital, but it seems that I'm the one more at risk. I hemhorrage after every baby and need the pitocin. So, hopefully they'll never take that away from midwives or I'll be stuck at a hospital for sure!
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Old 06-09-06, 01:32 AM
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There are a couple of birth centers in our area, but once I decided to birth at home I never looked for anything different. I pre-registered at a local hospital and had a small suitcase packed for just-in-case, but Lucas came out perfect. The only complication was my tear which landed me in the hospital for 13 hrs. Next time around I'll have a contingency plan in place for me. We had covered all the bases as far as emergency for the baby or myself during labor and delivery, but never thought that I might have post delivery complications. Live and learn.
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