Abirthing center environment resembles a home like setting that givesdelivery a natural approach. According to Alden, Lowdermilk, Cashionand Perry (2014), birth centers have created an ideal environment forbirthing mothers due to specialized services carried out by the nursemidwives, and/or obstetricians. This environment is particularlyconducive for women who feel uncomfortable delivering at home orhospitals. More importantly, the wide range of choices for birthingmothers present in these centers are an added incentive foruncomplicated and low risk pregnancies. The center’s décor andnon-institutional furniture such as king size beds, spacious roomsand birthing tubs not only ease labor but also offer comfort to thebirthing mothers, their family members and friends.
Provisionof additional options during labor such as music, food, drinks aswell as the attendance of the desired family and friends is alsoappealing. Compared to the traditional hospital unit, the birthcenter also enables the mothers to access care from a certified nursemidwife or family practitioner of their choice. The birth center hasalso transformed the delivery environment by decreasing the need formedical intervention through spontaneous vaginal births.
Birthingmothers are also entitled to increased privacy unlike in thetraditional hospital unit where there are shared recovery rooms. Thebirth center’s environment thus creates a positive view of care andis likely to be reciprocated by continued breastfeeding.
However,lack of operating rooms and other neonatal care in birthing centersincreases the need for a traditional hospital unit in the case of anemergency (Alden et al., 2014). On the other hand, these risks areminimized in cases where birthing centers are located within thetraditional hospital environment. Therefore, the ability to create acustomized birth environment within the birthing centers gives it anedge over the traditional hospital for a majority of birthingmothers.
Alden,K. R., Lowdermilk, D. L., Cashion, M. C., & Perry, S. E.(2014). Maternityand Women`s Health Care.London: Elsevier Health Sciences.