Birth Center Versus Hospital: What is Right for You?

The choice between a birth center and a hospital for childbirth is a personal decision that depends on various factors, including the individual’s preferences, medical history, risk factors, and desired birthing experience.

More than ever, out-of-hospital (OOH) births are in the spotlight. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, women wanted a better birth experience. In addition, many women want to avoid unnecessary interventions and don’t want to feel pressured to speed things up during the birth process.

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With induction and augmentations seen as routine and cesarean sections on the rise, women feel less empowered than ever. They want more than the hospital setting offers and more personalized maternity care than is generally offered at a standard medical facility.

Giving birth is a highly personal process

 A woman feels vulnerable, exposed, and often not heard. So many women report feeling bullied, even by female obstetricians and nurses, as if their wishes didn’t matter.

Due to so many women feeling that they had no control over the birth experience, women are going back to their roots and choosing to Call the Midwife. The desire for kind, compassionate midwifery care is rising in America. Community midwives specialize in home birth, and for many families, that is the right choice.

They have had a healthy, low-risk pregnancy and seek the warmth and comfort of their home, in the warmth and comfort of their environment, with the support of their partner, family, friends, and perhaps their doula.

But home birth isn’t for everyone. That’s where Birth Centers come in. It’s not a home birth, not a hospital birth, but an excellent combination of the two, taking the best each has to offer and creating a safe, welcoming space for parents to meet their baby.

How is a Birth Center Different From a Hospital?

This is the most often asked question at Farmington Birth Center! The atmosphere of a birth center is entirely different from that of a hospital. At our birth center, you will feel as if you are in a private wing of a boutique hotel, not a busy hospital facility. From serene private bedrooms, and deep soaking tubs for labor and birth, to one-on-one labor support that few nurses in the hospital setting can do. It’s an experience unlike any other.

At Farmington Birth Center, our families feel right at home. They enjoy their favorite aromatherapy, essential oils, and music at our birth center, as well as adjustable ambient lighting, a big comfortable bed, and plenty of pillows.  Of course, women want the freedom to eat and drink and want to have their favorite snacks available to keep their energy up. Labor is work, and ice chips can only go so far!  And while we keep a close ear on the baby with regular Doppler assessments, no mom is stuck in bed and hooked up to a fetal monitor, as this is not the way a normal physiological birth happens.

A woman’s body instinctively moves during labor as she and her baby freely work together in this beautiful process.  To encourage the birthing process to unfold with as few interruptions as possible, our team of midwives offers assistance with comfort measures when needed, holding space and time, all the while monitoring the safety and well-being of both mom and baby.

Excellent Care Provided by Licensed Midwives

At Farmington Birth Center, we fully support a woman’s choice and work closely with the hospital system and doctors if medical concerns arise with care. Normal healthy pregnancies rarely have complications, and labors don’t have to be medically managed in a hospital like our culture seems to think. Midwives are seen as the go-to for most women worldwide as the safe, primary maternity care providers.

Each woman receives quality individualized health care and is an integral part of the decision-making process. From prenatal appointments to labor and delivery and into the postpartum period, our team of midwives, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants is on hand to provide personalized support.

We believe in continuity of care and have developed a professional team to help address any concerns or questions you may have and provide encouragement along the way. In addition, our midwives will perform your immediate post-birth visits in the comfort of your home to ensure you and your baby are doing well without the inconvenience of having to come to us.

So as you prepare for the birth of your new baby, consider whether a birthing center birth is right for you. So many options are available, from home births to hospital births to a birth center experience. It’s your birth, and it’s your choice.

You can trust our dedicated team if you choose to welcome your new baby with us. From the caring prenatal appointments to the follow-up postpartum appointments held in the privacy of your own home, we will be with you all the way through.

We understand the need for our clients to have their special support persons in labor and will never ask a client to pick between their partner and their doula.

Compassionate, personalized care.

Is Insurance Accepted?

We understand that navigating the insurance process can be uncomfortable and stressful. Therefore, we work with STM Billing, a 3rd party billing company, to help our families with the process. They can run a, to help our families with the process.  STM can run a Verification of Benefit and get the coverage details of your healthcare plan.

This service involves an 8- 10% fee for the 3rd party billing company, based on the reimbursement they help negotiate on your behalf. This is their profession and they know how to help find every reimbursable dollar, working on your behalf. However, some families want to handle their own claims, and we can offer a Superbill at the end of care to help facilitate any reimbursement they may offer.

Please note, however, that this is not a guarantee that you will qualify for an out-of-hospital birth. While your insurance may approve the coverage, only your midwives can designate that you qualify for an out of hospital birth, based on your health, baby’s health and all factors considered under our standard criteria for care.

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