Choosing A Baby Is A Big Decision For Most People

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Deciding to have a baby is a big decision for most people. This decision does not stop at whether or not to have a baby, but continues on with the decision of where, how, and with whom to have their baby. There are many options to consider when making this decision. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that the traditional method of going to an OB/GYN is not their only option. No matter what insurance provider a person has, there is always the option of going to a CNM for pre- and post- natal care.
According to statistics, 85% of women will require maternity care at least once in their lifetime (Truven Health Analytics, 2013). On average, four million women in the United States give birth every year. How, where and with whom
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One third of U.S. births are C-sections (ACNM, 2013). Most states, thirty-three out of fifty, require private insurers to cover CNM services and Medicaid requires all states to provide coverage (Edwidge, 2013).
Births attended by Birth Connections take place in-hospital in the Labor and Delivery suites at Self Regional Healthcare. Birth Connections operates in accordance with the American College of Nurse-midwives, the ACNM, and supports their goal of providing women with a safe, positive childbirth experience. They advocate a low technology approach to labor that includes intermittent auscultation of fetal heart sounds instead of continuous monitoring, non pharmacological methods for pain relief, and freedom of movement of the mother during labor. Births attended by Lexington Women’s Care’s OB/GYN’s take place in-hospital at Lexington Medical Center in private labor and delivery suites. They use the traditional method of fetal monitoring, IV antibiotics and Oxytocin (if necessary), periodic physical examination, and manually rupturing the amniotic sac (if necessary) to encourage labor and delivery to progress more quickly. Although this is the traditional method, there are other options such as having a doula present for labor support or refusing pain medication in order to experience a more natural birthing process. Both methods of care have their perks, such as the option of having a natural
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