Lecture Description

Choosing an Optimal Place of Birth

Location, Location, Location

Instructor: Melissa Cheyney, CPM, PhD. | Duration: 56 Minutes

Get the facts on the advantages and disadvantages of hospital, birth center, and home birth so that you can choose the setting that best fits for you and your baby plus practical tips on how to maximize benefits and minimize risks of the setting you choose.

Lecture Objectives

This lecture will enable you to…

  • 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.

Lecture Outline

This lecture will cover…

  • Notes on Terminology—Location and Provider Types
  • Why Is “Where to Give Birth?” a Difficult Question to Answer in the United States?
  • Hospital: Benefits vs. risks; Strategies for maximizing benefits and minimizing risk
  • Birth Center: Benefits vs. risks; Strategies for maximizing benefits and minimizing risk
  • Home: Benefits vs. risks; Strategies for maximizing benefits and minimizing risk
  • Safety, Autonomy and Shared Decision Making

Unique to CBU: Every lecture has “take-away” ideas and tips to help you make decisions and obtain optimal care for you and your baby!

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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.

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