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November 13th, 2010, 11:02 PM
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I JUST found out that I am pregnant and I am trying to decide whether I want to go with a doctor or a midwife. There is a birthing center in my town that has an excellent reputation.

However, I have a question... after you give birth, do they send you right home? Do you stay overnight?They only have a few available rooms, so I cant imagine you stay long...

Im going to go see them next week, but I thought I would ask you guys if you had any experience with it?
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November 14th, 2010, 04:58 AM
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Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to the board! The birth center that I am delivering at, you stay 6-12 hours.

KUP how your visit at the birth center goes.
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November 14th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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yep, I think most you stay for 6-12 hours. They usually make sure you get something to eat, monitor you for a while to watch for problems, and then you get to go home and rest. I liked that WAY better than staying in the hospital.
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November 14th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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The birth center I was at was kind of a crock. It was attached to a hospital. I stayed 2 days after delivery. I think birth center was just a name, not really anything to do with their philosophy .
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November 14th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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My son was born at a freestanding birth center and we could have stayed as long as we wanted to. If I felt the need to stay a few days, my midwife would have written a note for it's necessity. We ended up leaving to go home about 8:30am after my son was born at 3:41am. We wanted to get home and sleep.

I would highly recommend checking out the birth center and see if you like the midwives there.
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November 14th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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I could not say enough good things about my birth center. My first prenatal appt was 2 hours long, all my follow ups were thirty minutes long. They really educated me, listened to me, and prepared me. I loved everyone there. Their general rule of thumb is 4-12 hours after birth you are discharged and then a nurse or midwife comes to your house the next day to check on you and baby. I unfortunately had a hospital transfer and could not wait to get the heck out of there!
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November 14th, 2010, 07:49 PM
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The max for my birth center is 12 hours after delivery. If I'm not ready to go after that, they'll transfer baby and I to the hospital.
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November 21st, 2010, 05:58 AM
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The freestanding birth center I delivered in would let you stay as long as you wanted, but they said most moms didn't stay longer than 6-8 hours. Anna was born around 10am and I was home by mid-afternoon. I felt fantastic and I was ready to go home, relax and bond with my baby, so it worked out well for us.
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November 21st, 2010, 02:22 PM
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The freestanding birth center I delivered in would let you stay as long as you wanted, but they said most moms didn't stay longer than 6-8 hours. .
This is how mine works too. With my son I was there for 8 hours....that included labor and delivery time and with my daughter I was there for 6 and that also included labor and delivery time. I like to get back home as soon as possible.
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