What is a Birth Center?
If you are pregnant, you know that there is a laundry list of choices that need to be made, and one of the most important ones is where you want to give birth. Where you give birth will affect not only the physical location of your baby’s birth but also elements like who your provider is, who can be in the birth room with you, what kinds of accommodations are available, the type of education and care you receive and so much more! All of these things will add up to equal the type of pregnancy and birth you’re looking for, so starting with where you’ll give birth should be first on your list.
Did you know the hospital is only one option? Most people know that homebirth is an option, but did you know that freestanding birth centers are an excellent middle ground?
Did you know Columbus, Ohio has a brand new birth center that just started construction on March 6th, 2023?!
More info about this amazing development further down the article. First, let's talk about what a freestanding birth center is.
A freestanding birth center is a midwife run facility that strives to create a home-like environment, provides prenatal, birth, postpartum and well body care. Oftentimes they also provide additional services such as doulas, bodywork, childbirth, parenting, fitness and/or breastfeeding classes.
It’s important to understand that a freestanding birth center isn’t a replacement for homebirth. That being said, it is a great middle ground if you do not have access to or don’t feel like you can fully commit to a homebirth.
Here are just a few reasons why some people choose birth centers:
Some of the benefits above are similar to homebirth including being more naturally minded, encouraged eating and drinking , and access to water birth. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a freestanding birth center:
Every pregnant person has their own desires for their birth, and I’m so thrilled that a birth center will be added to the list of options the Columbus area has for you! It will be located in North West Columbus and has a guess date for opening around Fall 2023 for due dates in 2024!
If you’d like more information on the Ohio Birth Center opening in 2023, here is their website https://www.ohiobirthcenter.com/our-team
If you’re leaning towards a homebirth, check out this list of midwives in the Columbus, Ohio area. (link midwife list) and start contacting them asap because the book up quickly!
I'm a wife, mother of two, avid reader, doula, birth educator and an aspiring midwife. I grew up in Iowa, and my family and I moved to Columbus in 2019, and have decided to call it home.
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