Home Birth vs Birthing Center

There are several options available when it comes time to have your baby, some better than others.

One of the more popular birthing options these days is a Birthing Center. Many women feel like this is a good compromise between an institutional hospital and an at-home birth.

Unfortunately, the benefits of a birthing center may not be all that great. Impersonalized service, inflexibility and high costs are often associated with a birthing center.

Of course giving birth in a hospital or a birthing center can expose you and your newborn to a plethora of diseases! Why would you risk your and your baby’s health?

Often, a compromise is not a great choice.

Below we compare a home birth vs. birthing center.

Birth Center

When you choose a Birth Center birth, you get a team of nurse-midwives to care for you. This means that you may get a different midwife at each prenatal visit.

Typical prenatal visits will be about 15 minutes. This gives your nurse-midwife enough time for a physical exam, but doesn’t leave much time for questions or discussion.

If you have questions between prenatal visits, you will need to write them down and ask them at the next visit.

Once you are in labor, you will need to leave the comfort of your home to come to the Birth Center. You may also have to arrange childcare for older children.

You will be met by whichever nurse-midwife is on-call at that time. This may not be the same nurse-midwife that you’ve seen for your prenatal appointments.

You will leave the Birth Center 4 hours after birth, when what you really want to do is bond with your new baby and sleep. In Colorado, this could mean braving very cold weather to return to the comfort of your own home.

You will need to return to the birth center for postpartum exams and take your baby for his first well-baby check at the pediatrician, again leaving the comfort of your home.

Home Birth

When you choose a home birth with a certified midwife like Carmen Lackett, the biggest benefit is that you get is Carmen. You will meet with Carmen for each of your prenatal visits.

Carmen will spend time doing the physical exam, which takes about 15 minutes, and will then spend an additional 45 minutes talking with you about your pregnancy, birth expectations, family, questions, and anything else that you need to talk about.

If you have questions between appointments, you will call Carmen to get answers.

When you go into labor, you will stay in your comfortable home surrounded by your partner and children and call Carmen to come to your home.

Carmen will come to your house, get everything set up, stay with you throughout your labor and delivery, give baby his initial exam, and clean up.

After your baby’s birth, you will get to stay in your comfortable bed, bond with your baby, and take a much needed nap.

Carmen will come to your house for the first initial postpartum visit for you and well-baby check for your baby. If you have any lactation questions or need assistance, Carmen is there for you and your baby.

Birth Center

When you choose a Birth Center birth, you get a team of nurse-midwives to care for you. This means that you may get a different midwife at each prenatal visit.

Typical prenatal visits will be about 15 minutes. This gives your nurse-midwife enough time for a physical exam, but doesn’t leave much time for questions or discussion.

If you have questions between prenatal visits, you will need to write them down and ask them at the next visit.

Once you are in labor, you will need to leave the comfort of your home to come to the Birth Center. You may also have to arrange childcare for older children.

You will be met by whichever nurse-midwife is on-call at that time. This may not be the same nurse-midwife that you’ve seen for your prenatal appointments.

You will leave the Birth Center 4 hours after birth, when what you really want to do is bond with your new baby and sleep. In Colorado, this could mean braving very cold weather to return to the comfort of your own home.

You will then need to return to the birth center for postpartum exams and take your baby for his first well-baby check at the pediatrician, again leaving the comfort of your home.

Home Birth

When you choose a home birth with a certified midwife like Carmen Lackett, the biggest benefit is that you get is Carmen. You will meet with Carmen for each of your prenatal visits.

Carmen will spend time doing the physical exam, which takes about 15 minutes, and will then spend an additional 45 minutes talking with you about your pregnancy, birth expectations, family, questions, and anything else that you need to talk about.

If you have questions between appointments, you will call Carmen to get answers.

When it is time to deliver your baby, you will stay in your comfortable home surrounded by your partner and children and call Carmen to come to your home.

Carmen will come to your house, get everything set up, stay with you throughout your labor and delivery, give baby his initial exam, and clean up.

Carmen will come to your house for the first initial postpartum visit for you and well-baby check for your baby. If you have any lactation questions or need assistance, Carmen is there for you and your baby.

 

A Note From Carmen Lackett –

I realize that you have many options available to you when planning the birth of your child. Choosing a home birth with a certified midwife can be a beautiful and rewarding experience for the mother, father, and entire family. I will be with you every step of the way, providing prenatal care, nutrition counseling, guidance, advice, birthing assistance, postnatal care, well-baby care, and breastfeeding support.

Set up your free interview to learn if a home birth is right for you.

 

Cost & Insurance

Having a baby can be an expensive proposition. It is important to know the costs involved, and what is and is not covered by your insurance.

Do you have a high-deductible insurance plan? If your deductible is more than $4000-5000, then you could end up paying the entire cost of the birth out of pocket. A normal, uncomplicated home delivery attended by a midwife will typically cost less than your deductible, while a typical hospital or birth center delivery could easily cost more.

Since you will likely be paying the entire cost of the birth, shouldn’t you use the provider that you like best? The one you are most comfortable with? The one who has been with you through all prenatal checkups, rather than the one who happens to be on-call that day? That is what you get with Carmen Lackett CPM, RM.

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