Choosing the most appropriate place for you to give birth depends on your individual life circumstances, and each place comes with its own unique benefits. A birth center is one of the more common choices in America, and they can either be located within a hospital, or independent facilities. Since some birthing centers do not accept insurance, it is important to see how much their fees are beforehand. For those who are looking for a much more intimate setting, home births are often a viable option.
- Birth centers combine features of homes and hospitals, but their costs may not be covered by insurance.
- Natural childbirth advocates champion giving birth at home, which allows the mother to be in a familiar space.
- Epidurals are part of the reason why nearly US mothers choose to give birth in a hospital.
“One big thing to consider when looking into a birth center is if you are comfortable with the people that are working there.”