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I'm not pregnant, but looking into Birth Centers with my cousin, and we found one about 30 minutes from our city(Wichita), in a city we both adore (Yoder), we love that it is very Amish/Mennonite. We want to have a set of questions ready for when we go visit, because if it's not this place, it would probably be a hospital, which we both don't like. Can you give us some questions we should ask, or what we should be looking for?<br>
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I would ask about their intervention rates, preferred birthing positions, what they consider an emergency, transfer rates, details of how they handle emergencies, etc.<br><br>
Is a home birth an option? We looked into a birth center too but I began to realize that there was virtually no benefit to a birth center besides having to go somewhere--which is a must for some people but honestly didn't appeal to me.
 

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I gave birth in a Birth Center, was the best choice for me and I am very pleased with how it went. Here is some things I asked-<br>
Does your practice except my health insurance?<br>
How long have you been in practice?<br>
What is your general philosophy regarding pregnancy and birth?<br>
What do you classify as high risk?<br>
Do you suggest a Doula or labor assistant? If so can you recommend one?<br>
What options regarding birth are there for me? Birthing tubs, birth balls, walking, etc?<br>
Do you order routine amniotomies, enemas, or drugs like Pitocin?<br>
When do you normally arrive during a mother's birthing process?<br>
What do you feel about elective c-sections?<br>
What are your reasons for c-sections?<br>
What are your thoughts on instrumental deliveries?<br>
How often do your patients have one?<br>
What are your thoughts on episiotomy?<br>
How often do your patients have one?<br>
Do I have a choice to be monitored during labor? Or is it routine?<br>
What is your policy when labor stalls or is slow? Do you have time limits?<br>
What are your protocalls for fetal distress?<br>
How do you feel about written birth plans?<br>
Are there any fees that my health insurance doesn't cover that I should be aware of?<br>
Thats a good list, its a bit long but atleast it covers a lot.
 
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