What’s a birth center birth like? Learn Why & How one mom switched from a Hospital Birth to a Birth Center Birth {and if she even liked it}


Birth Center Birth | Should I use a birth center to birth my baby?

(With Michelle VanOudenallen, mama of 2) So there you are… you’re 32 weeks pregnant & feel in your gut that the provider you’ve chosen and the hospital where you’re about to have your baby just isn’t right. For some reason.

But maybe you’re just being hormonal & have a few nerves (we all know you’ve been a big piece of hormone pie).

So what do you do? …anything?

If you’re like Michelle, you try & take some of the normal {and oh so understandable} emotions out, you do some research, talk to some experienced moms…then if your gut is still talkin’… *BOOM*… you change course.

Michelle shares WHY she decided to give birth at a Birth Center, HOW she made the decision & WHY it proved to be the best decision for her.  Michelle also gives us the lowdown on what you might expect from a birth center experience {from start to finish}.

there is no right way to birth a babyThere’s no “right place” to birth your baby. If you’ve never looked at options other than the traditional hospital experience, you might be missing out. Some women describe giving birth in a Birth Center like giving birth in a “spa”. For real.  

The Research & Evidence shows (for low risk women) giving birth outside the hospital is safe.

Don’t take our word for it. Listen to the interview and check out what the evidence says in our Evidence Based Care Resource.   BTW-if you’re trying to decide between an unmedicated or medicated birth, learn from one mom who shares her experience with both here.

You’ll Also Learn:

  1. How to identify red flags with your healthcare provider (and what to do about it)
  2. Why it’s important to go in committed to an unmedicated birth.
  3. How trusting your gut and following your instincts will pay off in huge ways.

Who is Michelle VanOudenallen?

A complete Rock Star. Michelle VanOudenallen is the mama of 2 girls- 16 months & 4 ½ months old. She’s a super busy new mom & is also a Director of Youth Ministry. The VanOudenallens live in Cincinnati. That last name might be Dutch, which means she might like to wear wooden shoes & plant tulips. We also think she’s got a serious gift of communicating about all this birth stuff. Do you? Do you think she’d make an amazing Childbirth Educator? Michelle VanOudenallen rocks it.  She’s also afraid of computer animation movies and is a compulsive list maker. 

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Michelle Vanoudenallen

What’s a birth center birth like? Learn Why & How one mom switched from a Hospital Birth to a Birth Center Birth {and if she even liked it}



Sarah:              Hi, this is Sarah Blight with Your Baby Booty interviews where we cut right through the fluff and chat with moms and dads and experts about all the things that you really want to know so that you can make better decisions faster as you become a mom.


                        Well today, we are chatting birth center births with Michelle Vanoudenallen. She’s the mama of this sweet, sweet little baby here as well as another baby. She has two kids and she has a 16-month and a 4-1/2-month old baby, so you guys do the math. That’s pretty quick turnaround time. And she had both babies at a birth center, so we’re going to talk to her about her experiences there.


                        So thanks Michelle for joining us.


Michelle:         Thanks for having me.


Sarah:              Okay, so how did you come to the decision to give birth at a birthing center?


Michelle:         I mean I think in the back of my mind, I’ve always leaned towards natural birth. My mom had us naturally and was an advocate for that growing up, and we always heard about, you know, that’s the way to go. She had hospital births, but still, just the idea of a non-medicated birth. And I think it’s just kind of my lifestyle choices and the kind of information that I choose to intake has led me in that direction. You know, I mean I’ve watched the business of being born and I have a great friend who’s a doula, and I tend to, you know, try to eat organic food, and you know, I’m kind of part of that movement of just trusting my body and all of that.


                        So to me, it was kind of a no-brainer. However, because I live in Cincinnati, we don’t have a birthing center here, and so I was pretty torn when I found out I was pregnant and strived to find a doctor that I felt like was in that movement too. I mean it was really difficult.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         And so I found a group here in town, but I was going to have to deliver in a hospital, and so it wasn’t until I took a hypnobirthing class that I felt that I was empowered to sort of go outside of the box and not necessarily do what was, you know, the protocol in Cincinnati.


Sarah:              Because obviously, hospital birth would have been the most convenient as far as location and all that stuff.


Michelle:         Exactly.


Sarah:              So where was – Did you think about a home birth or were you not – you and your husband quite at that place or why didn’t you choose that way?


Michelle:         I did think about it from some of the research that I had done in Ohio. I mean a certified midwife could not assist at home birth, and so, you know, being my first birth too, I wanted – just kind of wanted a medium.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         I wanted to feel that if anything were to go wrong, I was in proximity to a medical facility.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         But I knew that was a small chance, but I think it just gave peace of mind, and also, I just didn’t want to clean up the mess, you know.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         I mean really.


Sarah:  So was your husband onboard with the birth center plan?


Michelle:         Totally, like so supportive. He really let me take the lead and just sort of educated him, but I mean 100% behind everything I wanted to do in fact, and you know, is an advocate for it. I love hearing him tell other people about our birth story and he’s so into it and promotes it, you know.


Sarah:              So you mentioned you were doing a hypnobirthing class. So did you switch care providers kind of like midway midstream through your pregnancy?


Michelle:         I did. I switched at 32 weeks.


Sarah:  Wow. Okay, so how did you have the guts to do that?


Michelle:         Well that’s the thing is I – You know, I had the feeling, a gut feeling when I was in – you know, making visits to this OB/Gyn, and the practice – Let me say the practice that I picked in Cincinnati was a great practice. They had midwives, which is why I went to them, but you know, I was one of those there’s 5 practitioners and you don’t know who you’re going to get on the day of birth and all that. So you know, let’s say you don’t feel comfortable with two of them. Well, that’s 40% chance that you’re not going to be comfortable with your birth, you know, care provider.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         So you know what, I just kind of kept telling Ben, my husband, I was just like something’s not right, something’s not right. I was not sleeping very well. I was tossing and turning, and I just started to have a lot of anxiety as I got closer because I could not picture myself giving birth in this hospital. You know, there was going to be hydrotherapy, and you know, even though they said they were open, I would ask some questions, and some of the questions I didn’t get answers that I liked.




I got a lot of red flags. For example, I asked, you know, when can I talk to you about my birth plan and my birth day, and one of the doctors in the practice said, “Well, we don’t really have a plan, you know. We’re just trying to keep the baby safe is our number one priority.” So it seems I felt dismissed. I felt, you know, when I asked if I was going to have an IV, they said they absolutely require that I have gluc and I didn’t like that idea. And so I just kind of got to the point that I was like screw you guys, men. I’m going ahead. I’m going off on my own.


And I had gone to this practice because I felt like they were the closest thing I could find to something natural, and it still isn’t good enough, and I knew there was a birthing center in Dayton, and through the hynobirthing class, I heard that – You know, I guess I just thought that they were out of my range with insurance and everything. I just didn’t go it so I called and found out they were part of it, and I called this practice that I – I basically went to the practice that started the birthing center.


Sarah:  Okay.


Michelle:         So the doctor there is amazing. The midwives are amazing. And as soon as I walked in I felt at home. It was – You know, they do water births. They were just totally of the same mind.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         And so from that point on, I was just excited about birth. I didn’t have any anxiety anymore.


Sarah:  Wow.


Michelle:         I trusted my gut, which is a huge piece of advice I give to all women, pregnant women…


Sarah:  Yup.


Michelle:         …as you know.


Sarah:              Trust your gut. That’s right. So you live in Cincinnati. For people who aren’t familiar with Ohio, how far did you have to travel for your prenatal appointments from 32 weeks on and then to give birth.


Michelle:         Yeah, it was a commitment because it was an hour drive, sometimes with traffic, an hour fifteen.


Sarah:  Okay.


Michelle:         And so, you know, that kind of got to be strenuous towards the end of my third trimester when you’re making this weekly appointments or when you’re having those moments where oh my gosh, am I leaking amniotic fluid or did I pee my pants, you know, and think like you’d run up there. So it was a lot of that.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         And I also, you know, you have that thought of okay, how fast is my labor going to go and am I going to make it and all of that, and I just chose to not worry about that, just again trust my body, trust the situation, and – So yeah, you know, I didn’t think I was going to give birth on the car, and I talked to the midwives about that all the time like you think I can make it, you know. They had me come up a little earlier…


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         …than they would have if I were in town.


Sarah:              Okay. So explain to us – There’s lots of different kind of situations for birthing centers, you know. There’s the ones that are attached to hospital, that are part of the hospital. There’s, you know, the individual ones. What was your situation with your birthing center?


Michelle:         Okay, let me paint the picture of this very special place.


Sarah:  Okay.


Michelle:         Okay, it is attached to the hospital first of all. It’s about 100 yards away from the regular labor and delivery, but it’s like a million light years away from them in mentality. And you know, you walk through labor and delivery to get there, and you see all these monitors, and everybody’s in scrubs and everything, and then you get there, and it’s like this Mecca of basicness that you smell – I kid you not, you smell fresh baked bread coming from the oven, and it’s carpeted, and there’s this really cozy living room with couches, and a big-screened TV, and rocking chairs, you know, for people to watch movies and chill, and the nurse is there of a whole another caliber of nurses, totally want to be there, have chosen to be there.


                        There’s three rooms, and I kind of call it – It’s like my little birthing bread and breakfast basically if that helps that. I mean Ben and I felt like we’re on vacation here. Double bed in the room so we’re together…


Sarah:  Nice.


Michelle:         …which is fantastic. The sheets were really soft.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         They weren’t hospital sheets. They were colored, you know, like the sheets were like pink or brown, and they’re on your room. The place had just been remodeled when I went there so it’s like this amazing huge birthing tub with all these different – You know, the pick colored lights for your mood, jets. Everything was 100% sterile. Birthing balls, beautiful hardwood floors, soft-light CD players or music if you want it, and it did not look or feel at all like a medical environment. It was a home.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         But at the same time, you know, there was an incubator on the side or not an incubator, but you know, whatever they…


Sarah:  Yeah, the little bassinet things, yeah.


Michelle:         Well, for the baby. And you know – I mean everything they needed for a birth was there. It’s like you’d open up the drawers of this like, you know, dresser, and then there’s things to cut the cords with, kids stuff, but besides that, it was really like being in a nice hotel.


Sarah:  Cool.


Michelle:         Yeah.




Sarah:              So you mentioned the nurses. So in this birth center, there are nurses who attend to you just as almost a labor and delivery style situation…?


Michelle:         The nurse…


Sarah:  …or…?


Michelle:         Go ahead, I’m sorry.


Sarah:              Oh yeah. No, I’m just wondering do they serve the same function. Are you kind of assigned one nurse in your specific, you know, situation or…?


Michelle:         Yeah. I mean you’re definitely assigned one nurse, who stays with you the whole time. I actually had – My first experience, I had a nurse stay on longer – stayed over her shift to be with me because she was so committed. Really, really amazing. I mean the nurse is really – I think the nurses attend to you more even than the midwife. The midwives can come in and out, but you know, their philosophy there is you’re doing this, and they’re just there for support. So a lot of times, I wasn’t in the room all by myself, and I prefer it that way.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         I had two very different births, but both times, the nurses were just really loving, and you know, tried to soothe me, rub my back, or ask me if I needed anything at one point, you know. Another reason why I actually chose the birthing center is because I wanted to be able to eat while I was in labor.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         In the second labor, one of the nurses run out and got me a bagel.


Sarah:  Oh.


Michelle:         I was so hungry. I was like having contractions and eating still. Yeah, but you know, they were just – I felt like they were just there to take care of me like mom would take care of her sick baby, you know, or sick bed wherever they need it.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         Not that I was sick, but…


Sarah:              Right. So you mentioned that, in your pre-interview that your labor with number one or with your first baby was 51 hours…


Michelle:         Indeed.


Sarah:              …and you’re an hour plus away from the birthing center, so did they let you hang – How did that work logistically with getting to the birthing center. Did they let you just kind of come whenever you want for the birthing? There’s only three rooms. How does that really work out?


Michelle:         Well, the fact that there’s only three rooms would make you think that maybe, you know, they have a lot of people pushing in and out, but unfortunately, not very many people in this area are choosing birthing centers as an option, so…


Sarah:  Oh, okay.


Michelle:         …you know, I was really fortunate. In that at the time I went up there though, it was full, and I called. I went to labor about 5 in the morning. I knew I was in labor because I was having regular contractions, but I also knew – They told me in my last appointment that Greg, my firstborn was posterior, and so we were expecting a really long labor. So I kind of went about my business through the day. I called them. They said, “Yup, sounds like you’re in labor.” Let’s, you know, hang out. They were about 4 minutes apart for a long time.


                        So I like went to Nordstrom Rack, and you know, I went to UDF and got a milkshake. I was totally in labor the whole time like people were like, “When are you due?” like today.


Sarah:  Right now.


Michelle:         Anyway, I labored at home for 12 hours…


Sarah:  Wow.


Michelle:         …which I thought was a long time, and I finally called them, and they said, “You know what? You should just go ahead and get up here, maybe go out to dinner, hang out, take a walk,” which is get in Dayton.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         So that’s what we did. And they checked me and I was 1 centimeter after 12 hours of labor, which I kind of expected because I knew that that was pretty common. So we went out and got pizza. My husband, my best friend were there. They’re just like drinking beers, having pizza. We got pictures of me at Dewey’s Pizza like having a major contraction, but then like also eating some really delicious spicy pizza.


                        So anyway, you know, that was – I’m accounting all that into my 51 hours.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         The great thing about the birthing centers, there is no time clock. You know, there is no like we’re rushing you out. I mean I would had a c-section if I were in any other – if I were in a hospital because of how long it took, but she just didn’t want to turn, and she just kept, you know, going in and out of the birth canal. So basically, I was in the birthing center. They admitted me after dinner – Oh no. I went to a hotel. I went to a hotel.


Sarah:  Oh, you did. Okay.


Michelle:         They gave me a sleeping pill. They’re like girl, you need to sleep. Go take a shower. We went to a hotel, and then I woke up about 3 in the morning and said, “We got to go” because I was – My contractions were 2 minutes apart, but they admitted me, and I was only 2 cm at that point. And they just – I think that they really saw that I had been not doing so much work. My body was doing so much work, and they just admitted me even though I wasn’t 4-1/2 centimeters yet. You know, I wasn’t [0:14:38] [Indiscernible], and they just tended to me, and so I had – It was a really rough long labor. I would labor in my sleep. I was falling asleep standing up.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         And it was 2 days. I mean it was 2 full days of laboring that baby.


Sarah:  And so they just let you do what you needed to do at that point.


Michelle:         Yeah.




I went through three shifts of midwives. So the first midwife, Kat, was there for 12 hours said, “I’m leaving. Hopefully, when I come back, you have a baby.” Another midwife came, and when she came back on her – Then Kat came back on her shift, and said, “I can’t believe you are still pregnant,” like you know. I was 7 cm for 7 hours.


Sarah:  Oh my God.


Michelle:         I mean it was insane.


Sarah:              So throughout this time, you had the nursing staff, and then you also had your spouse. Were you able to have kind of as many people or as few people as you wanted in the room?


Michelle:         I could have had a party in there if I wanted to.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         My mom was there, and when I gave birth, she was in the corner of the room. I didn’t want her like all up in my business because it’s such an, you know, intimate thing.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         Actually, at the time, I think I was sort of like a case study because people couldn’t believe that I was going for so long, so when I gave birth, there were like – I don’t know – 3 or 4 nurses. Someone in training was there. And then, two midwives, and they were all in a circle on the floor. It was dark when I gave birth, so like one of them was holding a flashlight, and there was just like this circle of women below on the floor kind of waiting to help me deliver.


Sarah:  That sounds like a campfire story.


Michelle:         It kind of was. Yeah, it kind of was. There was no singing Kumbayah, although there was this Native American flute music playing in the background that one of the nurses put on that I just rode with.


Sarah:  Oh nice. So…


Michelle:         Can I nurse while I – Is this safe?


Sarah:  Oh, busted out sister. Do whatever you got to do.


Michelle:         Can you press pause for one second?


Sarah:  Yeah, I will. Let me do that. Okay.


Okay, so you mentioned it was kind of dark in your room. As far as the ambiance, you kind of described it was like a B&B, so I’m guessing, you know, it was kind of your discretion however you wanted to birth, and you chose kind of the darker…


Michelle:         Absolutely.


Sarah:  And did that help you? Do you feel like – And how did it help?


Michelle:         It helped hugely because I really believed that you really have to go into a really deep internal space to give birth.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         I used to run track in high school, and it was like very much mind-over-body. You know, you get into this space. It’s very mental because you’re exercising an incredible amount of control over your body, and so you have to be focused, and I didn’t want any sounds at all. I mean every time anyone would talk, I felt like I was going to have a contraction because I just didn’t want any distraction.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         So darkness was key for both of my births, soft music and zero talking. In fact, like I would like shush the nurses. It was like do not – Like do not – Like nothing.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         And actually, there was a woman in the room next to me who was having quite of a loud experience. I think perhaps she was crowning at the time, and not the sound you want to hear necessarily when you’re 8-1/2 centimeters and getting ready to do that.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         And so, I had my husband roll toilet paper and put it in my ears as ear plugs.


Sarah:  So your plugs might be a packing item if you’re giving like…


Michelle:         I was it in my second time around actually, yeah, and I did use them.


Sarah:  You did.


Michelle:         Yeah.


Sarah:  Nice.


Michelle:         It wasn’t in the birthing center at that time.


Sarah:  That’s a good little tip for mamas.


Michelle:         Yeah.


Sarah:              So how long after the birth – For each of them probably were different, but how long were you at the birthing center after your babies were born?


Michelle:         With Greg, my first one, I’ve already kind of exhausted my time there. They let me stay. They were awesome. I just stayed one more night, and then they moved me to labor and delivery because somebody else was like coming in for like the labor and delivery recovery…


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         …which was like this shoebox of a room. I mean like, you know, in one of those beds that goes up and down. I felt like I was in a nursing home and my husband was sitting there like – We were just like where are we? So we called the doctor. We’re like we’re out of here. We’re out of here. We’re done.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         We’re not staying here. So we were only up like 5 hours then we hit the road.


Sarah:  So you went from bed and breakfast to like Motel 6 for your…


Michelle:         Pretty much. It was so bad. I was so used to being like, you know, I had had stitches my first one, and they’re like oh, here’s some frills and comfy. You know, this is a great remedy, whatever you need. I would just, you know, kind of yell down the hall, and they’d come with some ice packs or whatever. Here, I’d like press the button, press the button, press the button, and then like not here for [0:19:35] [Indiscernible] for 45 minutes to an hour. I mean it was terrible. It was – And I’m like that’s the normal experience for people.


Sarah:  Right.


Michelle:         But with Ingrid, we only stayed like another 24 hours. We just wanted to go home.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         It was nice though to get some sleep before we had to go in phase 2.


Sarah:              Yeah. And you have an hour drive home, so you know, you wanted to kind of feel like you were ready for that drive.


Michelle:         Yeah.




Sarah:              So for the mamas who are considering a birth center birth, what do they need to kind of research or no beforehand?


Michelle:         That’s a good question. I think you have to go in committed to an unmedicated birth. However, I will tell you that it’s not as dogmatic as people may think. My midwife, especially with my first, offered me a drug called Nubain, which is an injection, and a very low dose. It just helps relax you. It helps you sleep because when you’re in labor for 2 days, you’re not sleeping.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         There’s no way you’re going to be able to do it.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         So I napped with something that I was able to do. It wasn’t a pain medicine necessarily, but it was still medication.


Sarah:  Uh-huh.


Michelle:         But you know, nobody’s going to offer you anything. Everything is sort of you just – You direct the process. So I think you need to be confident going in, and you have to – If you’re the kind of person that’s sort of looking to receive directions – And I don’t mean that in a way that you’re not going to get guidance, but they really want to support you and your birth, so I think you need to do some research, and you need to have an idea of what you want your birth to look like, and I think you can do that with the midwives or your doctor, but you need to go in, you know, committed to not a hospital birth in whatever that entails, you know, meaning being flexible. I really was wanting a water birth with my first, and I realized like it was too slippery in there, you know. I wouldn’t have my feet on the ground. So I was able to change things up, you know, as you go, and I think you have to be flexible in that way too.


Sarah:              Yeah. You also – I wanted to go back to when you switched healthcare providers. Did you – You mentioned the practice you were with were the ones who actually established the birth center.


Michelle:         Uh-huh.


Sarah:              Was that – So did you pick kind of the birth center first or the practice first, or it just kind of came together. Were there other practices that also use the birth center as well that you could have gone with?


Michelle:         There were notably two in the area. The birthing center was the only birthing center anywhere in proximity.


Sarah:  Okay, so that was your only choice.


Michelle:         Uh-huh, right. And there were people from Columbus, Indianapolis to go to this birthing center, so it’s the only one really in the area.


Sarah:  Okay.


Michelle:         You know, I got online. I did a lot of research online, and in this hypnobirthing class too, I got some recommendations. There were two practices, and I picked this one. It just felt right to me.


Sarah:  Yeah.


Michelle:         I also had to make a snap decision because I was not in a place I was going to interview anymore. I mean I was literally to the day, you know, for being able to switch.


Sarah:              Yeah, okay. Well, thank you so much Michelle for sharing your experience with us. I want to pick your brain something about your pain management techniques, especially for your 51-hour labor. We’ll have to maybe chat another time about that.


Michelle:         Yeah.


Sarah:              To all the mamas who are watching, if you have any questions or comments about birth center births, please leave them below. We’re happy and excited to chat with you about that. Thanks again for watching everyone. We’ll see you…

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  • Kelly I.

    “Shoot, am I leaking amniotic fluid or did I pee my pants”…”when are you due…today!!!”… hilarious! I love this one. Amazing to me that some providers “dismiss a mom’s plan” on what maybe is the most important day of their life. Unreal.

    I wonder how many of those same providers waltz through med school with “no plan”…I’m sure they never cared what kind of doc they wanted to be…they just wanted “a piece of paper that said M.D.”…such bull. Michelle knows what she wants, but I doubt she’d demand her “plan” be followed if a change of course was medically required. When I hear providers downplay moms’ plans, it always rubs me very wrong. It’s an excuse so the provider can try to retain 100% control over ‘everything’. Who’s birth is it? The provider is hired help. The provider works for the mom. rant complete :)

    Very cool how committed Michelle was to finding what she wanted. And the hard work she put into finding what “felt” right, most likely prevented her from getting a c-section (due to hospital protocol requiring her to labor faster). Awesome- loved this one!

    • yourbabybooty

      Hi Kelly! Thanks for your comment! You have some very thought-provoking ideas here. You raise a fabulous point- Michelle got out what she put in! It’s an investment for sure. Did you have a birth center birth too?

  • Natasha Rausch

    I want my birth back. She has to be kidding- Hardwood floors, Fresh baked bread (with the bakery smell), Soft lighting, CD player, Pink sheets, She could eat whatever & whenever she wanted….and the nurse stayed late & ran out to grab her a bagel???

    You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m gonna say it again. You’ve got to be kidding me. Why am I just now hearing about this? Did anyone else know you could have all that & be right next to a hospital?

    • yourbabybooty

      It sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Birth Centers are becoming more talked about now, though availability in many places is pretty limited. Does it make you want to get pregnant again? ;)

  • Lisa C.

    GREAT interview Sarah! and Michele! :) Super informative info on Birth Centers. I have to admit, I never knew any of this was remotely possible. I’m newly pregnant & will check more into birth centers. Seems like she found the best a both worlds. My first was a traditional hospital birth & was just so ‘blah’. I’m ready for something more personal & less institutionalized. Everything about it was underwhelming. This got me excited!!

    What stood out to me was when Michelle said how there were “no time limits in the birth center. I would have had a c-section if I were in a hospital, because of how long labor took”…this exact thing happened to me! I had a c-section. Looking back, I wish I would have known enough & fought to keep laboring. It was totally unnecessary! Afterwards I asked my Dr. if my baby was in any danger & he said “no, not really”.

    I also really liked your question Sarah… “for moms considering a birth center birth…what do they need to research or know before hand”….that helps guide me moving forward. Because of my last experience, I haven’t been excited thinking about the birth. For the first time, I’m really excited!! Thanks for the great advice Michelle! and awesome questions Sarah! I’m going to watch more of these… :)

    • yourbabybooty

      Thanks Lisa, I’m blushing;) Isn’t it exciting to discover a whole new world? Congrats on your pregnancy and let us know how it goes! We’re excited for you. You will rock it!!!

  • Abby R.

    I’m not sure I could do it. I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable anywhere but a hospital. In case something went wrong, I’d want to be right there. Good that she found what she wanted though!

    • yourbabybooty

      Absolutely! You need to give birth where you feel most comfortable. For some it’s at home, for others the hospital, birth center (or in the backyard..;). Thanks for sharing!