Birth Options Recap: How Should Your Baby Be Born?

Last week on WHNT News 19 This Morning, we aired a special series of reports called “Birth Options” with the goal of helping moms-to-be and families across the Tennessee Valley learn about various methods of labor and birth available to them.

Birth Options: A Recap

Birth Options: A Recap

I began researching for this series a few months after I learned I was pregnant. Like any first time mom, I was overjoyed. I also had a LOT of questions. What should I eat? What exercises are appropriate? What should we register for? How do pregnancy and labor develop? What can go wrong during both?

As I read and talked with people, I found myself facing a very fundamental question: How should a baby be born? The obvious, easy answer, is safely. That’s what all parents hope for. How families achieve a “safe” birth though is actually more varied than you might realize. There are several different ways of birthing a child in the United States – including at a hospital, with a Certified Professional Midwife at home, or in a specialized birth center. You can go without drugs, opt for a C-Section, or experience a mix of natural labor and interventions.

Deciding which of the above experiences are right for you is a big deal. So if you missed any of our special Birth Options reports, you can click on the links below to watch each one and learn more:

The Farm Midwifery Center – Nestled to the southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, in a rural community dedicated to sustainable living, The Farm Midwifery Center is run by highly-trained midwives. These women care for pregnant moms who come from around the world for a natural, drug free labor and to birth in cabins among the trees.

Home birth with a CPM – A certified professional midwife – or CPM – is trained to attend out-of-hospital home births and provide care to pregnant women. Many women desire a home birth to avoid medical interventions in a hospital, as well as to feel comfortable in familiar surroundings. Home births with a CPM are an option in Tennessee but illegal in Alabama and some women would like to see the law changed.

A modern hospital experience – The modern hospital experience offers epidurals and other pain-relief medications, as well as instant access to the latest technologies and physicians. For many women, this is a great comfort and in rare cases when an unexpected emergency arises, can be life-saving.

Having a baby is a miraculous and complicated experience and this series of reports was in no way intended to be a comprehensive guide to birthing. Instead, it should serve as a springboard for moms hoping to learn more and motivate them to research medical and natural options in consultation with a care provider.

Feel free to share your Birth Options experiences with us below! Only 5 weeks left until my own little one’s due!

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2 thoughts on “Birth Options Recap: How Should Your Baby Be Born?

  1. I had an unexpectedly short labor (first-time mom, 2 hours & 45 minutes from first contraction to end of 3rd stage). I had plans to labor at home for a while with a doula before the 10-minute drive from my house to Crestwood, but things moved so quickly once I realized that it was the real deal that I didn’t make it out of the house. The doula didn’t make it out of her door, either, which is probably good since she could have ended up fighting midwifery charges.

    My husband caught the healthily indignant baby two minutes before the EMTs arrived – they cut the cord and were there for delivery of the placenta, then took us to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. (Baby was fine, I had tears that needed stitching.) We were blessed with a lack of complications, and as such it was really pretty close to my ideal birth experience. I had been dreading potential pressure toward unnecessary interventions, and while I would have preferred to have a medically trained attendant present in case of emergency I feel like I had a pretty amazing outcome. Count me among those who would love to see attended home-birth legalized in Alabama!

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