While researching midwifery care, you may be wondering if you qualify for care. The simple answer to that question is to simply assess whether or not you are generally healthy. The majority of women are low-risk, and even women with pre-existing issues that are well managed can still qualify for midwifery care.
The best thing to do is to give us a call, and we can talk through your unique circumstances!
There are some situations where women can risk out of birth center care. Here are a few of those reasons:
The most common maternal reasons to opt out of birth center birth include:
- High blood pressure that can not be controlled by medication
- Uncontrolled gestational diabetes requiring medication and strict monitoring
- Twin or triplet pregnancy
- A heart condition like childhood heart deformities
- History of previous complicated birth or pregnancy
- Conceiving after multiple miscarriages
- Having a c-section previously
- Need for epidural or stronger methods of analgesia
Sometimes the pregnancy can be healthy, but a birth center birth might not be the best option due to reasons concerning the baby.
- Placental insufficiency
- A fetal anomaly identified on the anomaly scan requiring immediate attention
- Delivering preterm or post-term
- Unsatisfactory fetal outcome in a previous pregnancy
What can I do to qualify for a birth center birth?
Before you opt for a birth center birth, we highly recommend researching and speaking to mothers with similar experiences.
We also recommend coming in for a consultation so we can evaluate your history and condition to see if you are a good candidate for an out-of-hospital birth experience.
When you choose to receive care at the birth center, we encourage you to attend all your prenatal appointments so that we can closely monitor you to see if you require medical attention. That’s how we give you the best care and best birth possible!
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