Monday, January 26, 2009

Why Women Select the Birth Center

Some (not all) of the many reasons women choose to give birth at the PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center rather than at the hospital or at home:
  • They are drawn to the midwifery model of care. Practicing holistic, family-focused care, midwives and lactation consultants build meaningful relationships with women preparing them to meet labor and newborn care prepared, calm and confident.
  • They prefer the midwifery model of care’s facilitation of labor with emotional and social support. Midwives attend labor from start to finish.
  • They want to rely on the body's normal physiological processes to give birth and they want full freedom of movement.
  • They wish to avoid routine interventions common in hospital settings. They do not want to be hooked up to an IV, induced or given continuous electronic fetal monitoring.
  • They desire to give birth in an intimate, home-like setting but do not want to be at home.

1 comment:

  1. I work with a nonprofit that is sponsoring a contest with a $1000 prize for the best educational video about options during pregnancy and childbirth. Seems like something some of your midwives or clients might be interested in--it would be fantastic if you wanted to help us spread the word by blogging about it. Contest rules are here: or you can send people to the Facebook page here: