Should I deliver at a hospital or a birthing center? What’s right for me?
Choosing the right maternity centre and medical guidance is as critical for the wellbeing of both the mother as well as the child, when it comes to pregnancy and delivery.
Here are a few things to consider while choosing your pregnancy and delivery medical partner:
1.Consult your gynecologist/obstetrician
We know what you are thinking. The doctor is most likely to recommend the same hospital that they are associated with!
However, it is very important for you to talk your doctor once, as they would suggest a preliminary checkup for the mother, through which you can be guided on specific medical conditions which might be relevant to consider before your pregnancy or your delivery.
2. Know your options
Before finalizing a centre, it is always advisable to know what options are available for you to have your baby delivered.
Two of the most common places are:
In a hospital
In a natural birthing centre
We have attached a list of both multispecialty hospitals supporting pregnancy and child birth and also specialized maternity hospitals in major parts of the country, for your reference, towards the end of this blog.
With options ranging from multispecialty hospitals, to specialized maternity chains, how do you decide which one is good for you and your baby?
3.Benefits of delivery at a hospital:
Pain medicines (epidurals) are available during labour and delivery, if the mother is in need of it
Labor can be induced, if necessary
The baby would be monitored electronically throughout the labor
Incase of high-risk delivery, it is advised to do it in a hospital since the hospital would be better equipped for all eventualities
Birthing centers are mostly low tech, personalized birthing options for moms-to-be who desire a natural birthing experience.
In most birthing centers, midwives are the primary care providers. Birthing centers also provide
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