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More People Are Choosing To Give Birth Outside The Hospital

In the U.S., more and more mothers are giving birth outside of a hospital. For some, this is a choice. For others, they don't have an option.

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  1. Are you more likely to prefer a home birth or hospital birth?

    There are benefits and drawbacks to both home and hospital births. Take this quiz to find out which option may be more suited for you.
    Meiying Wu

    There are benefits and drawbacks to both home and hospital births. Take this quiz to find out which option may be more suited for you.

    I am younger than 35 years old.
    I have not previously had a cesarean section.
    I do not have health insurance.
    I will be giving birth between 37 weeks and 41 weeks pregnant.
    I am only pregnant with one child.
    I do not have a chronic medical condition.
    I do not want medical intervention.
    I want to control my labor position.
    I want to give birth while surrounded by people of my choice.
    I want to give birth in a familiar place.
    I would like to try a water birth.
    I want to wear my own clothes.

More People Are Choosing To Give Birth Outside The Hospital

You're more likely to give birth in a hospital. You may feel more comfortable in a hospital environment that is equipped to deal with complications during labor. Women who are of higher risk of having complications during labor may need medical intervention by a physician and should seriously consider giving birth in a hospital.

Hospital Birth
Rachel Thomas
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You're more likely to give birth at home or outside of a hospital. You may feel more comfortable in a familiar environment and surrounded by people of your choice. Moms who give birth at home are typically at low risk of complications occurring during labor. If you are planning a home birth, it is suggested to develop a plan in case unexpected complications do arise.

Home Birth
Meiying Wu
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