Not all hospitals or birth centers are equal.
The staff, their philosophy about birth and their approach to maternity care will have a profound effect on your experience of giving birth.
It could be the blissful experience of your dreams or it could end up in yet another horror story.
You will ultimately be paying for the service you receive, not your caregiver, so make sure you investigate your options and find the venue that best suits your needs.
Don't wait until the last minute - start your investigation early in pregnancy to allow time to make any changes or arrangments you need to.
Phone the client services department and ask if they have tours of the maternity center or if they will allow you to visit and check it out.
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