Skip to content

    Health & Pregnancy

    Select An Article

    Choosing a Health Care Provider for Your Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Font Size

    Choosing Where Baby Will Be Born continued...

    You should consider taking a tour of the hospital where your baby will be born well in advance of your due date. Taking a tour will help answer some of these questions.

    Birthing Centers: Although most births take place in hospitals, more women are choosing to have their babies in other locations, such as a birthing center. Birthing centers, usually located near a hospital, allow women with uncomplicated pregnancies to deliver there. Most centers are run by certified nurse midwives or doctors. Be sure to research the staff's credentials when selecting a birthing center. Although rare, problems during labor and delivery can arise, so you'll want the best opportunity to get the best care. Be sure to ask what the procedure is for complications and emergencies, not only for your baby, but for yourself.

    Home Births: Home deliveries, although common in most of the world, are relatively rare in the U.S. Most doctors will not agree to do a home delivery, nor will most nurse midwives. The reason is simple: Life threatening complications can happen fast during labor and delivery, and most homes are too far away from a hospital where emergency care can be provided.

    If you have any questions about your birthing options, talk to the providers you are considering for your pregnancy care. They should help clear up any concerns you are having.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on September 13, 2014
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4
    Next Article:

    Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

    Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
    what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

    Today on WebMD

    hand circling date on calendar
    Track your most fertile days.
    woman looking at ultrasound
    Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
    Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
    The signs to watch out for.
    pregnant woman in hospital
    Are there ways to do it naturally?
    slideshow fetal development
    pregnancy first trimester warning signs
    What Causes Bipolar
    Woman trying on dress in store
    pregnant woman
    Woman looking at pregnancy test
    calendar and baby buggy
    dark chocolate squares