Choosing a Place of Birth

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Whether in a hospital, birth center, or at home, your options regarding where you give birth are shaped by your geographical location (urban, suburban, rural) and your health insurance. This resource helps you know what your choices are, assuming you have practical and financial access to all options. Childbirth Connection walks you through questions to consider when it comes to deciding on your birthing location.

“In the United States, the hospital is the most common site for birth. Maternity care in a hospital is usually led by physicians and often reflects the medical model of care.”

Note: Although this resources refers to women throughout, the information is important to all pregnant and birthing people.