Can I have a Birth Center Birth?

“As long as if you’re using a freestanding birth center, you really want to make sure that you’ve contacted the birth center to find out if your health and your pregnancy are appropriate for a birth center. We take care of low-risk moms that have low-risk pregnancies. And there are certain risk criteria that we need to make sure that you meet the risk criteria. Many times, women will real risk out for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia. Those are probably the big ones. If you have twins that risks out of the birth center birth. Sometimes birth center care is appropriate, but birth at the center may not be appropriate. So you may have a collaborative practice or collaborative physician, or the midwife may be able to go to the local hospital with you and continue your care there.”

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RN, MS, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife. BSN, 1988, Seton Hall University, South Orange N.J.; MS,CNM, 2001, University of Maryland at Baltimore; Lieutenant Colonel, Army (Retired) As a child, I always knew I wanted to be in the medical profession but it was the experience watching nurses take care... Read More