There is a spectrum of safe and reasonable approaches to giving birth. You might be very sure you want an epidural or that you want a natural childbirth, or maybe you’re happy to play it either way. You might be someone who feels most comfortable supported by a highly trained OB who can take care of you no matter what complications you develop. Or perhaps you prefer a midwife who has the skills to help you labor naturally and minimize interventions. Hospital technology might be reassuring for you, or you might feel safest in the comfort and familiarity of a homelike setting with your family and friends to support you.
The best providers for you will be the ones who share your approach to birth. The BirthGuide Questionnaire, Birth Stories and Birth Settings features are designed to help you discover where you belong on that spectrum. BirthGuide offers you the tools to understand your options, weigh the pros and cons of each choice, and clarify what feels right to you. And then, once you know how you want to give birth, BirthGuide’s Find Local Providers feature can help you decide where to give birth and who will care for you.
The information you find on BirthGuide is as trustworthy, complete and unbiased as we can make it. Our Medical Advisory Board is a group of generous, highly trained doctors and midwives who help us keep track of the medical research and present it accurately and fairly. We talk to mothers about their experiences, we talk to providers about their special interests and expertise. Our goal is collect in one place all the information you need to make choices you will feel good about, no matter how your pregnancy and birth unfold.
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KIND WORDS ABOUT BIRTHGUIDE
|“If families are to make informed decisions about the maternity care that is best for them, they must have accurate and complete information. BirthGuide is an excellent resource that provides balanced, up-to-date information in an easy to use website.”
Susan Stapleton, CNM, DNP, FACNM, founder and former director of Reading Birth & Women’s Center, attending birth center, hospital and home births for 25-years; Chair of the American Association of Birth Centers’ Research Committee.
|“BirthGuide is easy to navigate, informative and accurate. I find it an excellent resource for my patients in helping them understand and navigate the many decisions surrounding birth.”
Gayle Riedmann, CNM, President, West Suburban Midwife Associates, Oak Park, IL
|“BirthGuide provides a balanced view of the evidence on the safety of home birth — pointing out the uncertainties in the evidence base, highlighting the more important studies and reviews, and putting the results into perspective (including describing absolute and relative risks). The description of some of the errors in the research base (eg. not differentiating planned births from where the birth occurred) is commendable and will educate even some of the providers.” [response to the home birth research section of BirthGuideChicago.com]
Michael Bracken, PhD, MPH, FACE, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Yale University; Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Cochrane Neonatal Review Group, Cochrane Collaboration.