All about birth centers

Certified Nurse Midwife Naomi Hannah, CNM, shares everything you need to know about giving birth at birth center and the benefits of using a birth center
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A birth center is an alternative to a hospital where you can have your baby if you are a low-risk patient. So some birth centers are free-standing, meaning they're not within a hospital setting, and some are inside a hospital. But they're usually staffed by certified nurse midwives and some doctors as well, and they usually provide more low technology care, meaning occasionally they have the option of IV pain relief but usually not epidurals or other anesthesia. So they're more set up for women who want to experience natural child birth. When you walk into a birth center, the environment is usually very homely; it almost feels like a bed and breakfast. You don't really see the equipment in the same way, and the environment is very inviting. And it almost feels like you're in your own house.

Certified Nurse Midwife Naomi Hannah, CNM, shares everything you need to know about giving birth at birth center and the benefits of using a birth center

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Naomi Hannah, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Naomi Hannah is a midwife who has worked in several birth settings: she has been a Doula, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and is now a Certified Nurse Midwife. Naomi has approached the many facets of birthing from various angles; a birth center, a home birth practice, and currently a hospital-based practice. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her partner of 13 years and their two children, Eden who is 10 and Ezra, seven, both born with the help of known donors. Her personal experience and professional skills have made it possible to help other women conceive at home with alternative insemination.  She is also a singer-songwriter who has taught preschool music classes. She enjoys sharing music with her children and watching their musical language unfold. 

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