By Payton Sy, RN, Nov. 9, 2023

According to Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double board-certified OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine provider, amenities that make a difference include:

  • Pain services, such as epidurals, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral medications, guided meditation, aromatherapy and tools, like peanut balls.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) availability.
  • Clinical excellence status.

Some amenities that aren’t worth it and may come with large price tags include:

  • Private chef-prepared food.
  • XM satellite radio.
  • Manicures and/or pedicures.
  • Concierge services to help with ancillary tasks, like arranging newborn photography or gifts.

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