There are few pregnant women that are unable to have their baby with a nurse midwife in the birth center. Age is not a risk factor, neither is infertility, nor is a history of miscarriages.
Women of any age who begin their pregnancy in a healthy state generally remain healthy and have a normal delivery. During regular prenatal visits, we conduct thorough screenings to ensure that you remain healthy and normal. We also use education and encourage nutrition and exercise to prevent problems. We can manage most of the common pregnancy complications.
Florida Law regulating birth centers requires that women who plan to deliver out-of-hospital be medically low-risk and be expected to have an uncomplicated birth.
The following conditions would place a woman in the “higher-risk” category, according to state regulations, and she and her baby would be better off being cared for by a physician (or a nurse-Midwife working with a physician) and giving birth in a hospital:
- Chronic High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Current addiction to drugs or alcohol
- Insulin Dependent Diabetes*
- Bleeding or Blood Clotting Disease
- Prior Cesarean Section
- Multiple Pregnancy (twins or triplets)
- Pre-eclampsia in current pregnancy
- History of Placental Abruption
- Extreme obesity
- Women on certain medications
Note: Gestational Diabetes in a prior pregnancy does not automatically exclude you from consideration for a birth center birth. Except for women with these conditions, most pregnant women are eligible for care by the nurse-midwives at Stand & Deliver Family Birth Center. We suggest you call us to discuss your questions or schedule a free tour/consultation of the birth center.
We wish that we could let women with a prior c-section have their babies at the birth center but for women with a prior cesarean section, the current guidelines require that VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) be attempted in a hospital setting.