MH and I toured a local birth center and LOVED it. Our preference would be to have the baby there. I had an OB appt today and an ultrasound and told him that we had decided to go with the birth center and my worst fear happened...he completely tried to change my mind. I was kind of expecting it, but not to the extent that he went to the extremes. There's a group of midwives in my OB practice that he was trying to push us towards, but there's still the issue of hospital protocol, being on a time table, etc., and I just love the postpartum practices at the birth center - no separation from baby, etc.
I have of course thought of the "what if's" at a birth center. I'm not worried about the issues that can slowly develop because I feel confident the midwives at the birth center would catch those early enough and their transfer, c-section, and mortality stats are great, but it's more the unpredictable things that can happen in an instant that are now on my mind again. How did you ultimately get comfortable with this? Was it enough for you that these unpredictable things happen in such a small percentage of cases?
If you got this far...thanks! I hate that my OB put some doubt in my mind because I was feeling so confident. Thanks for your insight.
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