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Birth Centers (Overview)

Birth centers are facilities that offer skilled staff and facilities for safe delivery of babies.


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Is it better to go to a natural/birthing center or hospital?

Is it better to go to a natural/birthing center or hospital?

Depends on the case: Many deliveries go smoothly & might have done fine at home or in a birthing center but you know this after the fact. In the us between 20-30% of deliveries are by c-section, sometimes as an emergency & at least 10% of newborns require some specialty care at birth. Centers designed to give you the midwife/minimally invasive experience with physicians & operating rooms on standby are the safest choic. ...Read more

Birth Centers (Overview)

Birth centers are facilities that offer skilled staff and facilities for safe delivery of babies.


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Hospital labor & delivery vs birth center. Which is better and why?

Hospital labor & delivery vs birth center. Which is better and why?

Define Birth Center: I deliver at a birth center which has private rooms, newborn rooming, birth plan receptive... But still offer 24/7 epidural service, full or availability in-house for emergencies, full time peds/neonatologist if needed, and full lab & blood bank services. Most hospital l&d units are emulating birth centers & maintain all support services in case of emergencies. Tour & deliver where you feel safe. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of hospital delivery w/epidural vs. Natural birth at a birthing center?

What are the pros and cons of hospital delivery w/epidural vs. Natural birth at a birthing center?

? birthing center?: Safety is the prime concern I have for deliveries. I have had relatives born in caves & understand it can be okay. I have also run to "normal" deliveries to salvage a baby that came out wrong. Our local facilities have midwives delivering next door to docs, where a case can be quickly moved to an OR for C section if needed. No off site birthing center can eliminate the hour + lost in a transit. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure but my midwife says I am ok for the birth center. What should I do?

I have high blood pressure but my midwife says I am ok for the birth center. What should I do?

See a perinatologist: See a perinatologist (high risk OB specialist) for a second opinion. Your baby is worth it - and so are you. ...Read more

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Gave birth in a "birthing center". During labor, I saw my hands full of rashes. After deliver, nurse said "you're having allergies if your stress"?

Gave birth in a "birthing center". During labor, I saw my hands full of rashes. After deliver, nurse said "you're having allergies if your stress"?

Stress can absolute: -ly cause rashes. But the fact that it was only on your hands suggests to me either you had an exacerbation of an underlying hand eczema which could certainly be initiated by stress, or you were exposed to something in the center that caused a contact dermatitis or also exacerbation of underlying hand eczema. See derm for absolute answers. For now use thick ointments like aquaphor to protect hands ...Read more

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Can a planned parenthood center prescribe or sell birth control pills?

Can a planned parenthood center prescribe or sell birth control pills?

Yes: Planned parenthood offers birth control (not just pills) at a low cost on a sliding scale-- depending on your ability to pay. ...Read more

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The ring finger digit on my right hand has a finger nail with a split down the center. It grows in split since birth. Healthy otherwise. Problem?

The ring finger digit on my right hand has a finger nail with a split down the center. It grows in split since birth. Healthy otherwise. Problem?

Nail abnormality: If you have this condition since birth, this is considered as a congenital defect in the nail bed or a rare double nail presenting in your finger. Some people are born with double nail formation in their small toes. The dermatologist may able able to tell you more. As much as I know, you may have to live with it, as I am not aware of any medical solution for cure. ...Read more

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Are birthing centers truly safe and better for women wanting natural birth?

Are birthing centers truly safe and better for women wanting natural birth?

Depends: In one of my hospitals the "birthing center" is the L&D ward. Midwives practice side by side with OB's and an operating room is available and staffed 24/7 if a problem arises in labor needing intervention. You cannot replace the hour plus it takes to move an off site woman in labor to a hospital capable of emergency C-section. Minutes pass & babies suffer. Complications occur even in great settings ...Read more

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What are birthing centers?

What are birthing centers?

Modern L&Ds.: Modern l&ds are called birth centers and provide comprehensive peripartum care for mothers and babies. ...Read more

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What can I expect at the birth?

What can I expect at the birth?

Joy: Everyone is different, and some women have prolonged labor that can be difficult and very tiring, whereas others have a short labor that goes smoothly and is short. The good news is that in all cases, it is hopeful that you have a healthy bundle of joy that you will have to love and cherish for the rest of your life! ...Read more

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Are all birth injuries avoidable?

Are all birth injuries avoidable?

Macrosomia: Macrosomia or large for gestational age infants are at high risk of birth injury. Jcaho is monitoring all the maternity hospitals for prevention of these types of injuries ranging from clavicular fractures to brachial palsy and CNS injuries physicicians' malpractice insurers have workshops and/or training courses to detect macrosomia before vaginal delivery and consider c-section. ...Read more

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What is the ideal birthing position?

The one that.....: Easy - the one that works best for you! Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I expect in child birthing classes?

What can I expect in child birthing classes?

Depends: Its very dependent on what kind of class you are in. They vary based on their philosophy and the instructor. Bradley is all about a medication free birth and fairly anti-interventionalist / anti-medicine. Lamaze is a little radical than bradley. The hospital based course is likely to be supportive of hospital practices. All will give you similar information, with their own slants. ...Read more

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What to do if I am so scared of birth, how did yours goes?

What to do if I am so scared of birth, how did yours goes?

It is pretty normal: To be apprehensive about delivery. I see you live in New York. Unlike some parts of the world - there are a number of things that can be done here to make your delivery more comfortable. Although I did not consider pregnancy a piece of cake - the end result was certainly worth it. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a birth plan?

What is a birth plan?

Wish list: If you had complete control of everything that occurred during your labor and delivery what would you want to happen. This would include your wishes for pain control, walking around in labor, having an iv, an episiotomy, eating in labor, who would be in the room, who would cut the cord, etc. ...Read more

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Is lotus birthing safe?

Is lotus birthing safe?

NO SCINTIFIC STUDIES: There are no scintific studies done to decide its safety to my knowledge. But according to some it may not be safe for the infant as there may be overload of blood and cause the baby some problems. Onthe other side the proponents of lotus borth feel it is better for the baby. ...Read more

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What causes still birth?

What causes still birth?

Many possibilities: Structural:cord accidents (true knots in cord), placental abruption, premature placental failure;Infection (viral, bacterial);chromosomal defect;Maternal health issues. Many times the true cause is not evident on initial observation, so a full autopsy by a pathologist with experience in this area may provide useful information. ...Read more

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How do I give birth at home?

How do I give birth at home?

With a midwife: For normal (not high-risk) pregnancies home births have better outcomes than hospital births but it is crucial to have a skilled midwife. Not all midwives do home deliveries but many do. See www. Naturalbirthblog. Com/find-a-midwife/
to help locate a good midwife. You may want to interview 2 or 3 to find one you really like.
I also advise reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. ...Read more

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Will I be able to give birth?

Will I be able to give birth?

VERY complicated: You ask a very simple question, but there is no simple answer. Have you delivered before? Any problems? Biggest issue at age 46 is getting pregnant...

Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I jog after giving birth?

Can I jog after giving birth?

Yes: But it depends on what type of delivery u had and what happened at the time of delivery, so ask your OB when you can start jogging. ...Read more

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What exactly is a birth mark?

What exactly is a birth mark?

Birthmarks: A birthmark is a benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month. They can occur anywhere on the skin. Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, pigment cells, smooth muscle, fat, skin cells, and other tissue. Some pigmented birthmarks carry a small risk of malignant transformation with time. ...Read more

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How to give birth to baby boy?

How to give birth to baby boy?

Luck: There are no proven methods for sex selection of a child. There are lots of old wives tales out there, but none are proven to be work consistently. The sex of the baby is up to the male, meaning whether the sperm carries an x or a y chromosome, since the mother only has an x. ...Read more

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Do I need to create a birth plan?

Do I need to create a birth plan?

Not specifically: It is important that you & dad discuss many issues about the process & be ready to help the delivery team help you. Things like who will be present at the delivery, whether you want to go natural or have an epidural, etc. All should be discussed beforehand. The l&d crew will be following protocols meant to assure safety for you & baby. Since they do it every day, they can help you have a good experian. ...Read more

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What is the average birth weight?

What is the average birth weight?

About 7-7 1/2 pounds: The answer really depends on how many weeks you are when you deliver. For most babies (39-41 weeks) the average baby is about 7- 7.5 pounds. ...Read more

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What are partial birth abortions?

A media term: The media and or various interest groups have coined & used this phrase in the struggle over abortion practices. It is not a medical term so the definition is whatever the interest group using it decides it is at the time they bring it up. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a home birth?

What can I expect at a home birth?

Home birth: Most births go to completion without problems, however, labor and delivery complication are difficult to predict and if and when they do develop can have serious short and long-term ramifications. If you live in an industeralized country where resources are available, I would highly recommend you deliver in a hospital setting where expertise and resources are available. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for a home birth?

How do I prepare for a home birth?

Be safe first: Make sure you verify the credentials and experience of your midwife. Understand the different types of midwives and the different levels of training as this can often be confusing. I would recommend you also see a physician to confirm whether or not you are a candidate and to arrange a back up plan. Acog stance on homebirth: http://www. Acog. Org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.Cfm. ...Read more