What to consider when choosing a birth setting
7/10/2015 1:28 PM
The birth of your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. When choosing a birth center, you need to consider where your physician has privileges to deliver babies. Always be mindful of the hospital’s safety reputation when doing your research.
When choosing a facility, think about the type of birth setting you want. Do you want your family to be involved? Do you want dad to cut the cord? Family involvement is determined by the hospital’s policy and procedures. Do you want to be separated from your baby? Some hospitals allow you to choose.
If you want to walk around the hospital during your labor, the hospital will need to have telemetry monitoring. If you want to labor or birth in a tub, you’ll want to make sure the hospital offers that.
All pregnancies can become high risk at some point in time. Does your hospital of choice have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? A NICU ensures your baby will have a higher level of care available if an issue arises.
Do you have a baby on the way or plan to become pregnant? Tour Central Texas Medical Center’s childbirth center at the annual BabyFest event on July 26, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. in the CTMC Main Lobby. Click here
for more information.
Margie Lieck, NDP, RNC-OB
CTMC Director of Women's Services