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How does maternity care compare in regular hospital maternity units versus in-hospital birth centers?
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A systematic reviewHodnett, E.D., Downe, S., & Walsh, D. (2012). Alternative versus conventional institutional settings for birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8, CD000012. found that neither women nor newborns using in-...
Description: How does maternity care compare in regular hospital maternity units versus in-hospital birth centers?
How does maternity care compare in hospitals versus at home?
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A systematic reviewWax, J.R., Lucas, F.L., Lamont, M., Pinette, M.G., Cartin, A., & Blackstone, J. (2010). Maternal and newborn outcomes in planned home birth vs planned hospital births: a metaanalysis. American Journal of Obstetrics...
Description: How does maternity care compare in hospitals versus at home?
What if I change my mind about where I want to give birth during my pregnancy?
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You can always explore other options if you have concerns and have not been able to resolve them through open and respectful communication with the birth setting you originally selected. Even if it is late in your pregnancy, you can swit...
Description: What if I change my mind about where I want to give birth during my pregnancy?
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Where and with whom you give birth can have a major influence on your care options, the care you receive, both your and your baby’s health, and your satisfaction with your childbearing experience. That’s why it is important, ...
Description: Where and with whom you give birth can have a major influence on your care options, the care you receive, both your and your baby’s health, and your satisfaction with your childbearing experience.
The Cascade of Intervention
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Many things in life have unintended consequences: they may or may not have the effect that we want, and sometimes they have unplanned and possibly unwanted effects.
Many maternity care interventions have unintended effects during lab...
Description: Many women who labor in U.S. hospitals experience the “cascade of intervention.” Learn what this is, and why and how you may wish to be engaged in your care (beginning in pregnancy) and take steps to try to avoid a labor that unfolds in this way.
Collecting the Information You Need
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In choosing a maternity care provider, you will want to find a good match based on what is important to you. Maternity care providers have a broad range of practice styles. Some variation occurs from individual to individual. However, sy...
Description: Understand what the research and evidence say about the reasons to choose different types of care providers, and access tools to help you make an informed decision.
Maternity Care Provider Basics
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Description: Learn about the different types of maternity care providers and how to make sure your insurance covers your choice of care provider.
Types of Care Providers
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Description: Read more details on each type of maternity care provider.
Choosing a Maternity Care Provider
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Early in your pregnancy is the time to choose your maternity care provider and birth setting. These major decisions can influence:
The care you receive and the effects of that care on you and your baby.
The quality of your relationsh...
Description: Understand why your choice of care provider is so important, your options for maternity care providers and things to keep in mind. This section also offers tools to guide you in making a decision about who will provide your maternity care.
Research and Evidence
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NOTE: For guiding care, Childbirth Connection gives priority to systematic reviews. These rigorous summaries of best available evidence are the most trustworthy way to know the benefits and harms of specific practices.
Description: Learn more about the relationship between various common labor practices and pelvic floor function.