Delivering

Delivering in a Hospital

Does your idea of delivery comfort have less to do with the bed you’ll give birth in, and more to do with the medical backup you’ll have on hand? If so, a hospital is probably the most comfortable choice for you — putting you in good company.

Giving birth in a hospital is by far the most popular choice of expectant couples in the United States. It’s the choice for women who have what’s considered a “high-risk” pregnancy (e.g. if you’re 35 and over, are pregnant with multiples or have conditions like gestational diabetes). It also offers the most options in terms of who can make your delivery: While most birthing center and home births are attended by midwives (certified or direct entry), your hospital birth can be overseen by an OB-GYN, a family physician or a certified nurse-midwife (94 percent of CNM deliveries are, in fact, in regular hospitals).

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