The real question you should be asking yourself is:
“What kind of birth is best FOR YOU?”
Birthing center birth?
It’s pretty amazing we have so many options these days, right? Then again, that means we have so many darned options! How do we choose? What’s best?
For some, the answer may be super simple.
“There’s no way I’m having my baby at home! No. Way.”
“I absolutely want to birth at home the way my mother and grandmother did!”
“It needs to be scheduled. It just has to be.”
Whatever your desire, whatever your preference, whatever’s going on in your life the most important thing to remember is that it’s your choice. And, barring any medical requirements related to your birth, it is a choice.
In order to make a choice you can feel good about, it needs to be an informed choice. What exactly does that mean?
It means don’t get bullied into a hospital birth, and don’t get shamed into attempting a home birth you’re not comfortable with.
It means listen to your doctor, but consider interviewing a midwife as well. Or listen to your midwife, but consider interviewing a doctor as well. (read our article on questions to ask your doctor “12 Questions you’re too scared to ask your doctor when pregnant“)
It means trust your body. Women have been birthing children for hundreds of thousands of years. Your body was made for this. You can do this!
Mostly it means:
DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Many women will spend more time doing research for their Hawaiian vacation than they will for their child’s birth. Why? Because we have people we trust who’ll tell us what to do, so why bother? Right? RIGHT?
Ladies, this is not an experience you want to hand off to someone else, even if you trust them. This is YOUR experience. YOUR body. YOUR journey. Take immense care. This experience will stay with you for the rest of your life. Make it YOURS.
If you’re undecided about what kind of birth you want to have, Women’s Health of the UK has a great overview on birthing options.
If you want to think about it in terms of your care provider instead, check out Just the Facts Baby’s post entitled “Which is Better? Midwife, Doula, or Doctor?”
If you wonder whether a natural birth is “worth the pain,” check out the American Pregnancy Association’s Pregnancy Blog post “Benefits of a Vaginal Birth.”
And if you’re wondering about the differences between a hospital birth and a home birth (or birthing center birth) check out Everyday Family’s post “Home Birth vs. Hospital Birth.”
For more information about birth read our other articles: