A lying-in clinic is a more affordable option than a hospital, but it's not for everybody. But how is the care of a midwife and childbirth in this setting compares to having an ob-gyn and a hospital birth?
In one of their vlogs, celebrity moms and sisters Rica Peralejo Bonifacio and Paula Peralejo Fernandez featured a tour of the Marikina Maternity Lying-in Clinic and interviewed Aileen Vinoya, a midwife and a nurse.
First, you do not have to choose between a doctor and a midwife, as Rica points out. "Midwives are partners with obstetricians," she stressed.
During her second pregnancy, Rica had an ob-gyn for her prenatal care. Every time she went to a doctor, Rica made sure to update her midwife. Rica, however, chose to give birth with midwife Vinoya and a doula at home.
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For the record, doctors don't recommend a home birth. But many will agree to women giving birth in a lying-in clinic under a midwife's supervision. Here's why.
What lying-in maternity clinics can do for pregnant women
Preggos can have consultations and prenatal checkups in lying-in maternity clinics. During a prenatal check, midwives can take your vital signs, temperature, blood pressure, and weight.
Midwives also use a fetal doppler monitor to check your baby's heartbeat and use a tape measure to check your baby bump's fundal height. Without an ultrasound, midwives can check if your baby is growing in your womb by your weight and fundal height. (Click here to know what your bump's fundal height means.)