What makes Kochi more developed than the capital city Trivandrum or any other districts in Kerala? Or in which all field Kochi stays ahead? Of course, there are plenty of comments and debates. Now, Kochi is trending for some other cute factors! Kochi has got few ‘new born’ bulletins to share. The increasing demand for Birth Centres is the leading one.
With professional staff, minimal medical interruptions and cozy accommodations, a birthing centre is the best of both worlds for many women in Kochi now. To help you decide whether it’s right for you too, here’s everything you need to know about giving birth at a birthing centre.
If you’re weighing your delivery options and don’t want the clinical atmosphere of a hospital but also aren’t interested in delivering at home, a birthing centre may be the best choice for you.
What is a birthing centre ?
A birthing centre is a homey, low-tech birthing option for moms-to-be who desire a natural childbirth experience. Usually, birth centres are freestanding facilities, but sometimes they’re adjacent to or inside a hospital. Besides offering a comfy place to deliver your baby, birthing centres provide many services including well-woman exams, preconception counseling, prenatal care, childbirth education, breastfeeding classes, postpartum care and support and post-baby birth control.
How it is different from a hospital ?
Birthing centres work in collaboration with OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals — meaning they consult them if the need arises. But giving birth at a birthing centre and giving birth at a hospital differ in a number of ways. While a labor room in a hospital looks like, well, a room in a hospital, birthing rooms at a birthing centre are much swankier. And procedures that are standard or at least common in a hospital setting (such as continuous fetal monitoring, routine IVs and induction of labor) aren’t routine at a birthing centre.
What about stay ?
Because fewer medications and medical interventions are involved, recovery time is shorter than at a hospital. Most families leave the centre four to eight hours after birth, compared to 24 to 48 hours at a hospital. And a shorter stay means you’ll spend less money.
Reduced risk of a C-section. The rate of C-sections for women who chose a birth centre to deliver is 6% (compared to 26% for similar low-risk women in hospitals).
Most birthing centres don’t give epidurals. Instead, they turn to alternative pain relief options, such as hydrotherapy, breathing exercises, massage and acupuncture. Some centres also offer nitrous oxide gas.PREPARING TO HAVE YOUR BABY?
Who should be there?
It’s totally up to you to decide who and how many people will be present during labor and delivery. Unlike the hospital experience, you’re not limited to a certain number (and kids won’t get the automatic boot when it’s time for you to push). Of course, that doesn’t mean you should try to pack 30 people in the room! Natural birth advocates often recommend limiting the number of people who are present, as having too many people around can be a distraction and make labor take longer. Remember, those who miss the live event can catch the replay via photos or video recordings, which are welcome at birthing centres.
Birth Centre Costs
The cost varies depending on where you live and the centre you choose. In general, prenatal care and delivery at a birthing centre is about $3,000 (a fraction of what a hospital birth costs). Again, check with your insurance company to determine coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
WHEN TO FIND YOUR BIRTHING CENTER
Many birth centres in Kerala aren’t able to handle as many deliveries as a hospital — which means you should reserve your spot as early as possible (as soon as you determine you want to deliver at a birthing centre — the first trimester isn’t too soon). Be aware: Some hospitals call their labor and delivery department a “birth centre.” So just because “birth centre” is in a place’s name doesn’t necessarily mean it specializes in the homier, natural childbirth experience.
Arrange to tour to the birth centre. You’ll be able to learn more about the facility, meet the staff, and find out what you can do to prepare for the wonderful experience that’s soon to come.