National Birth Centers, Inc.

Safe Affordable Choices in Birth

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT BIRTH LOCATIONS

Stationary Birth Center
 Home
Certified Portable Birth Center
 Hospital
Sterile Gloves
Living Room
Sterile Gloves
 Sterile Gloves
Oxygen
Kitchen
Oxygen
 Oxygen
Disposable Chux Pads
Laundry Room
Disposable Chux Pads
 Disposable Chux Pads
Medications for Hemmorhage
Bathrooms
Medications for Hemmorhage
 Medications for Hemmorhage
Birth Pool or Tub w Sterile liner
Utility
Birth Pool or Tub w Sterile liner
 Occasional Labor Pool
Suture Supplies
Bedrooms
Suture Supplies
Suture Supplies
Birth stool, birthing ball, various equipment for comfort
Sofa, TV, entertainment areas
Birth stool, birthing ball, various equipment for comfort
Various birth equipment for comfort
Blood Pressure Cuff, Doppler, Stethoscope
Optional: blood pressure cuff
Blood Pressure Cuff, Doppler, Stethoscope
Blood Pressure Cuff, Doppler, Stethoscope, Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Infant Scales
Optional: infant scales
Infant Scales
 Infant Scales
Resuscitation Equipment
Garage
Resuscitation Equipment
 Resusciatation Equipment

PROS TO BIRTH LOCATIONS

Stationary Birth Center
 Home
Certified Portable Birth Center
 Hospital
Qualified Healthcare Professionals
 Qualified Healthcare Professionals
Qualified Healthcare Professionals
Qualified Healthcare Professionals
Nice labor rooms
Your room
Your room
Nice labor rooms
Low Intervention
Low Intervention
Low Intervention
Epidural available
Full Access to Your Normal Newborn
Full Access to Your Normal Newborn
Full Access to Your Normal Newborn
Narcotic Pain Relief Available
Water imersion for pain relief
Water imersion for pain relief 
Water imersion for pain relief 
 Water imersion available for pain relief at select locations
Encourages and helps with breastfeeding (no kick backs from formula companies)
Encourages and helps with breastfeeding (no kick backs from formula companies)
Encourages and helps with breastfeeding (no kick backs from formula companies)
Access to surgical equipment for C-section
 Usually offers water birth option
Usually offers water birth option
 Usually offers water birth option
 
Same provider provides care throughout pregnancy/delivery
Same provider provides care throughout pregnancy/delivery
Same provider provides care throughout pregnancy/delivery 
 
 Can return home hours after birth
 You are home!
 You are home!
 

CONS TO BIRTH LOCATIONS

Stationary Birth Center
Home 
Certified Portable Birth Center
 Hospital
Inconvenience of transfer in case pain management or surgical delivery is needed
 Inconvenience of transfer in case pain management or surgical delivery is needed
Inconvenience of transfer in case pain management or surgical delivery is needed
Doesn't always honor birth plan
Distance to travel
Family and friends sometimes "visit" too soon
Family and friends sometimes "visit" too soon
Distance to travel
Narcotics for pain relief usually not available
Narcotics for pain relief not available
Narcotics for pain relief not available
Fewer non-pharmacological options for pain relief
Visitors may stay too long
Visitors may stay too long
Visitors may stay too long
Business policies take precedence 
Shift changes can influence care
 
Shift changes can influence care
 
 
Higher C-section rates
Policies vary concerning newborn vaccinations, vitamin K, antibiotics for eyes to prophylactically treat for suspected sexually transmitted infections. 
Policies vary concerning newborn vaccinations, vitamin K, antibiotics for eyes to prophylactically treat for suspected sexually transmitted infections. 
Policies vary concerning newborn vaccinations, vitamin K, antibiotics for eyes to prophylactically treat for suspected sexually transmitted infections. 
Discharged according to policies
 
Discharged according to policies
Discharged according to hospital policy
 
 
 
Medical interventions viewed as normal
 Food varies
 Food varies
 Food varies
Food varies