No one planning a home or Birth Center birth wants to transfer to the hospital.
But in many modern countries, out-of-hospital births are considered “alternative,” and as such often come with the condition that hospital care will be pursued if problems arise. Even if you’ve been accepted to birth in your Birth Center or have found a midwife who will help you at home, changes in your pregnancy or birth may require you to transfer due to the accepted standards of care for midwives in independent or Birth Center practice. Of course, if you are intentionally birthing without a professional present, when or if you transfer is more your choice.
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