Home Or Hospital
Many women feel there is no safer or more loving place to give birth than in their own home with the assistance of a midwife. The home setting is familiar and natural — a place where the new baby and family are together from the start.
For low-risk pregnancies, there is no evidence to suggest that giving birth in the hospital is safest. The evidence does show much lower rates of obstetrical intervention, such as forceps and c/section deliveries, with midwife assisted births.
Compared to hospital delivery, home birth asks more of parents — more participation, more responsibility — and also gives parents more control and involvement in this intimate event. The woman, her family, and the midwife become partners in the health and well-being of the mother and the baby.
If you would feel more comfortable in a hospital setting, or your pregnancy is a little higher risk you can easily find a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). CNMs practice in almost every hospital in the Atlanta metro area. Water birth is also an option with some hospital practices. Unfortunately there are no free-standing birth centers in the area.
Midwifery care has important advantages
Midwifery care offers more time and personal attention during each prenatal and postpartum visit; a more natural and informal pace for prenatal care as well as the birth process; an open invitation to ask questions, all kinds of questions; and continuous education and pregnancy counseling by a skilled professional.
The primary commitment is to the safety of the mother and the baby
Midwives will refer to a physician whenever a medical condition occurs that could create a problem for the mother and/or the baby. Most midwives will only work with low-risk mothers at home.