Birth Center Birth vs. Hospital Birth

Birth Center vs Hospital Birth

Birth Center Birth vs. Hospital Birth

You have to make a lot of decisions throughout your pregnancy, especially as labor draws near. From small decisions like picking out the color of the nursery to deciding how you want to give birth, there are numerous choices to be made! 

Deciding how to bring your little one into this world is one of those important decisions. You need to consider all aspects of health, experience, and comfort while making a final choice. Two of the most popular choices for giving birth are hospitals and birth centers. 

What Is a Birth Center?

A birth center, such as the Minnesota Birth Center, is designed to provide you with a home-like, natural birthing experience without medical or surgical interventions. Instead of Ob/Gyn care, birth centers like the Minnesota Birth Center have trained Certified Nurse Midwives, nurses, and doulas to assist you through your pregnancy and birth. 

The core emphasis is to support and assist the normal physiologic process of the birth of a healthy newborn. To achieve this, we use a number of natural techniques to ensure the labor progresses smoothly and the mother feels comfortable and healthy.

How Is It Different From a Hospital?

Here are some major differences between hospitals and birth centers:

  • The rooms at a birth center are designed to be more comfortable and home-like, with comfortable beds, labor pools for water birth, private bathrooms, kitchenettes, and much more.. At a birth center, each family gets more individualized care and attention from their midwife because they take on a smaller amount of clients to deliver a personal experience.  
  • You have the freedom to walk around, eat, and choose how you labor at a birth center while in most hospital settings you will have to follow their procedures.
  • There is little to no use of medicines or medical support at birth centers, whereas hospitals have a standard protocol of medications and procedures. 

Why Would Someone Choose One Over The Other

If you have a healthy pregnancy with no risk factors, choosing a birth center to deliver might be preferable. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy and have had eventful labor in the past, you might want to go to a hospital to ensure that you’re getting the medical care and monitoring you need. Hospitals are better equipped to handle emergency situations such as an emergent need for C-section, medicine, or blood transfusion. 

Pick What Is Best For You and Your Desired Birth

Having said all that, the final decision comes down to you, and we highly encourage that you go with the option YOU feel most comfortable and at peace with! If you want to learn more about birth at Minnesota Birth Center, send us a message!

What You Need to Know About VBACs

What You Need to Know About VBACs

What You Need to Know About VBACs

It is often assumed that if you have previously delivered via C-section, all of your following births will have to be delivered via C-section again. However, trying for a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is a very possible option!

When you attempt a VBAC, it is called TOLAC, which means trial of labor after C-section. If the c-section birth is successful it is then termed VBAC. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are happy to cater to clients wanting to attempt TOLAC. In fact, we have a 75% success VBAC success rate! Our incredibly skilled midwives, partnered with our amazing physicians, allow us to have the necessary steps in place to ensure the utmost safety for our clients who wish to have a VBAC. 

Candidates for VBAC

While VBAC might have its benefits, it’s not for everyone. At Minnesota Birth Center, we talk to you beforehand and do a risk assessment to check if you’re eligible for TOLAC or not. This is to ensure your own safety and avoid complications later during your labor.

You can have a TOLAC if:

  • You have had no more than two Lower section C-sections with a transverse incision, without any complications
  • You’re only having one baby and aren’t pregnant with twins or higher multiples
  • You have previously had a successful VBAC or vaginal delivery
We advise against VBAC if:
  • You have had a high vertical uterine incision
  • You have a history of uterine rupture
  • You have a history of other uterine surgeries
  • You’re pregnant with twins or higher multiples
  • Your baby is in a breech position with buttocks downwards

Benefits of VBAC

Some reasons why we encourage VBAC at Minnesota Birth Center are:

  • It lowers the risks that come with post-surgical complications such as bleeding, infection, and anesthesia-related complications
  • The recovery time for VBAC is shorter compared to C-section
  • For women that plan to have multiple babies after, VBAC lowers the risk of complications that come with multiple C-section scars
  • It’s emotionally important for some women to experience natural labor, and we are happy to fulfill their wishes

Risks Associated with VBAC

While we encourage VBAC at the Minnesota Birth Center, we realize the potential risks that come with it. During your antenatal visits, we are happy to answer any health-related or personal questions you might have about VBAC. This includes providing assistance for any emotional needs you might have.

We understand that it takes bravery to plan a VBAC, and with bravery comes fear, so we try to provide opportunities for you to work through your fear and trepidations.

During your antenatal visits, and in the days leading up to your delivery, we monitor you more closely to rule out any possible complications. Some of the risks that come with VBAC include:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Infection
  • Blood loss

But Don’t Worry!

Our trained nurses and midwives will monitor you continuously before and during your labor. They know how to assess your labor progress and will be able to predict a possible complication in case it’s likely. 

For this reason, we cater to all our VBAC clients at the hospital so we have a backup in case any kind of intervention is required. The team of doctors and medical staff we work with are highly skilled and collaborative. They will assist us if need be but will leave us to our jobs if everything goes normally. 

Being at the hospital hastens the process of receiving care in case of emergencies and makes it more seamless. 

We’re Here To Help

Whether you have a VBAC in the end or need to have a repeat C-section, our team at Minnesota Birth Center will continue to provide you post-partum care regardless. If you have any other questions regarding VBAC or TOLAC, please feel free to contact us

New Doula Internship Announced

The Minnesota Birth Center is now accepting applications for its next Doula Internship session! This session will run from September 2021 – May 2022.

Qualified doula candidates must:

  • Have attended a birth doula training through DONA, CAPPA, or other reputable doula training program. If you have questions about the suitability of your particular program, please send an email to the contact information listed below.
  • Practice within the DONA Scope of Practice.
  • Have attended at least one birth in a support capacity (on occasion, exceptions may be made due to COVID-related restrictions).
  • Be available to attend a total of at least six MBC births over the duration of the internship.

Former Doula Intern Mummie A.

BIPOC GLBTQ2S candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Application materials and information on how to apply are located here: Doula Internship Requirements and Application

If you have a passion for birth work and meet the above requirements, please consider applying! Complete applications will be accepted until 6 pm on Sunday, August 8th.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Please read all application details thoroughly. Any additional questions not answered in the application may be emailed to