Originally Posted by Longhorn
Would you mind elaborating? I'm just curious if you had a bad experience with AABC or if you are just partial to homebirthing.
I agree with what wholisticmidwife said. I found the birth center to be too much like the hospital. In my opinion they do way too many interventions that are not neccessary on the mother. Also you will not know who is going to be the midwife at your birth as they rotate call. So, you have a chance of getting a midwife that you may not like or connect with, which is so important when you have someone attend your birth. Also, there really is no difference in the care you receive at the birth center vs. a homebirth midwife. The equipment at the birth center is the same exact equipment a homebirth midwife would bring to your house. And the big upside is if you give birth at home you are in your own environment and you don't have to get in the car and drive to the birth center in labor and a couple of hours after the birth you won't have to pack up your new baby and put it in a car. At home your midwife will tuck you into your bed where you can stay and not be disturbed.
Again, it is your birth and you have to figure out what you want from it. But if you want a peaceful birth with little intervention unless needed, AABC is not the way to go. And remember the equipment and emergency meds etc. is the same whether you pick a birth center or home.