Back To Basics: Birth Centers vs Hospitals

GREENSBORO – When you think about having a baby, you probably think about going to the hospital. But more women are opting to have their babies out of the hospital, in birth centers instead.

“It’s a huge defining moment of your life,” said Logan Lipford, who just welcomed her second child, Kaden, into the world. “I finally have this face to go with the name and the kicks that I’ve been feeling.”

Kaden was the first baby born at the brand new Magnolia Birth Center in Greensboro.

Lipford’s daughter, Lena, was born naturally at Women’s Hospital two years ago. But Lipford knew this time, she wanted something different.

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Federal data shows 98 percent of women in the United States have their babies in hospitals. But more women, like Lipford, are choosing midwives over doctors and birth centers over hospital births.

“Women are seeking different ways to approach their health care,” said Tanya Bailey, Certified Nurse Midwife and Co-owner of Magnolia Birth center.

“In North Carolina, birth centers are beginning to grow. We’re now at six birth centers and soon to be a few more,” said Bailey.

There’s another birth center opening in Winston-Salem in June.

“There’s a number of women that want this option and they’ve been driving to Chapel Hill or to Statesville or longer distances to get this type of care,” said Bailey.

Birth centers are for women without complications. They’re for low-risk labor and delivery, with little medical intervention.

“We don’t have anesthesia on site and we don’t do epidural. Everything is focused around normal, natural childbirth,” said Bailey.

And according to the American Association of Birth Centers, they’re less expensive too — charging up to 50 percent less than an uncomplicated birth in a hospital.

“Certainly people are paying a lot more for health insurance. Deductibles are very high so people are looking to figure out where to spend their…

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