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COVID-19: Choosing Birth Location

Trying to decide where to have your baby?

Choosing where to have your baby is a crucial decision, now made more fraught by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perhaps the pandemic has you considering birth outside of the hospital, but you wonder if it is safe. Perhaps what you’ve been reading and hearing has you concerned that you won’t have a safe, supportive experience within the hospital. You may even be wondering what care would be like and your options would be if you had the virus. Where can you find information you can trust? How can you determine what’s right for you and your baby? CBU can help you make informed choices and obtain optimal care for you and your baby.  

What do we mean by informed choices?

Choices based in an understanding of the potential benefits and harms of all your options, including watchful waiting.

What do we mean by optimal care?

The least use of medical intervention that achieves the best outcomes given your individual case.

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CBU can help you…

  • evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of hospital, birth center, and home birth.
  • determine the comparative safety of hospital vs. birth center or home birth.
  • identify the birth setting that best fits for you and your baby.
  • maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the birth setting you choose.
  • determine whether a hospital’s or practitioner’s COVID-19 policies constitute optimal care.

How does CBU do this?

CBU Lectures…

Give you up-to-date access to the best medical research and knowledge of good practice so you can form your own opinions.

Unravel the arguments behind the controversies so you can make up your own mind.

Quantify how likely any potential harms are to occur so you can weigh the pros and cons of your options.

Provide information according to individual characteristics and factors so you can judge what makes sense for you.

Offer practical recommendations so you can apply what you’ve learned to making and implementing your plans.

COVID-19: Choosing Birth Location

How does CBU Work?

COVID-19: Choosing Birth Location is a streamable, narrated digital presentation that can be viewed on any device. The virtual classroom allows you to go at your own pace and jump to any slide of your choosing. The presentation also includes links to selected internet resources.

In addition, CBU’s Facebook page provides a forum and community for you to dialog with CBU instructors and other pregnant women, including an option to contact instructors privately.

Online Masterclass 

COVID-19: Choosing Birth Location

This course compares the advantages and disadvantages of hospital, birth center, and home birth so that you can determine the setting that best fits for you and your baby and offers practical tips on how to maximize benefits and minimize risks of the setting you choose. Its COVID-19 update covers optimal practices for labor, birth, and postpartum care for you and your baby according to official guidelines and the medical research.

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Disclaimer

Childbirth U is intended to help you make informed decisions about maternity care; however, the information found on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or midwife before acting on any of the information you find here. While the content of CBU lectures is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, we accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the content of CBU lectures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete the masterclass?

The class is self-paced. You can take as long as you need. If you pause a presentation, the virtual classroom will remember where you left off and offer the option to begin there or start over when you return to it.

What devices will allow me to access the virtual class?

It can be viewed on any device capable of internet streaming.

How long will I have access?

Access never expires, and if the class is updated, you will automatically receive access to the updated presentation.

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