Aside from the excitement of becoming pregnant and wondering who your baby will look like or what kind of personality they’ll have, one of the things pregnant women think about is the birth of their baby. It is by far one of the most exciting times in pregnancy. You are about to meet your baby. But it is also a major medical event and something to plan for and wrap your head around. There are many options these days for women on where they’d like to give birth. Hospitals are still a top choice, and home births are also a popular option. If a mom prefers a middle ground – where they go to medical professionals, but do not want a hospital birth, they can choose a birth center. I have put together a list of top Philadelphia birth centers for Pennsylvania moms who are interested!
Births that occur in birth centers are managed using the midwifery care model. Midwives tend to be less likely to intervene during birth and allow for the natural progression of labor. There are definitely benefits to this model of care. There is a much lower percentage of deliveries that end up as cesarean deliveries when birthing occurs at a birth center compared to a hospital. In fact, it is significantly lower, coming in around 5% of all deliveries that result in a c-section at a birthing center. The c-section rate jumps to over 30% in hospitals.
Births that occur in a birth center have more options for pain management than hospitals. These will include things like access to showers, birthing tubs, birthing balls and doulas. All of these options are tools that mothers can use to help go through labor naturally or with minimal intervention. There is a greater focus on allowing your body to do the work it needs to do, which is preferable for many expectant mothers.
No matter how they come into this world, the best part of birth is getting to hold your baby at the end of it. Feeling in control and empowered during the process is a gift that many moms choose for themselves. Using a Philadelphia birth center is one of best ways to achieve it. And once you get your baby home make sure you are on my calendar for your newborn session! You can check out my newborn sessions here: https://jessicalauren.photography/newborns