i think at a birth cente the set up is more homely, like a normal bed etc.. but again i dont know just wanted to be first replier bump! lol
A hospital is more likely to make you conform to THEIR standards, where a birth center is all about YOUR birth...a hospital isn't about YOUR birth experience...it's about the dr who wants to hurry you up with dilation so you'll deliver faster and he can go home...
i don't know about a birth center, but i had a water birth at a hospital. it was a compromise between dh and i. he was super paranoid about birth going wrong, and wanted to make sure we were at a hospital, but i wanted to go natural, so he researched and found the only doctor in town willing to do it.
it was an incredible experience. the doctor was very laid back, very calming, and had no issues with our wishes. he sat and answered all of our questions, and acted like he had all the time in the world for us. he had no problem with our plan, which included one of us catching the baby, and sitting and waiting until the cord stopped pulsing before cutting it.
from what i've observed, it's all about the doctor. i've heard of women going to birth centers, and being tossed on a bed in a room full of other laboring women, and essentially forgotten. but i've also heard good stories. there are no birth centers in my city, and like i said, dh didn't want to do a home birth, so that's what we did. you can pm me if you have other questions.
Quoting AnonymousCM:waterbirth? how.....70's of you.
waterbirth? how.....70's of you.
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