You will also have access to safe, effective and low intervention pain relief options.
The medical equipment and medications available at the birth centre are similar to the equipment and medications that midwives bring to home births and to those available at hospitals that provide Level I The level of a hospital outlines: the complexity of care it can provide to birthing people and their babies the medical staff and services they must have to meet the needs of their patients care. You and your baby will be monitored throughout labour and birth to make sure there are no complications developing. A second midwife will arrive when you are close to giving birth to help care for you and your baby.
After the birth
After the birth, your midwives will monitor and assess you and your baby to make sure you are recovering well. They will perform a head-to-toe physical exam on your baby and help you with feeding.
Healthy, well birthing parents and babies go home to rest within four hours of the birth. This is the same time-frame that midwifery clients go home from the hospital post-birth and midwives leave after a home birth.
Before you leave the birth centre, your midwife will talk to you about what to expectNewborn babies act differently than older babies. Find out more about what normal newborn breathing, colour, temperature, feeding, poops and pees look like in this hand-out made for new parents. within the next 24 hours. They will also provide you with written instructions about when and how to contact them if you have any concerns.
If you and/or your baby need closer observation or monitoring after the birth, your midwife will recommend moving to the hospital for extra support instead of going home. Depending on why you or your baby need closer monitoring, you may need to go to hospital by car or by ambulance.