What is a Birth Center?

What is a birth center? Our friends from American Association of Birth Centers have defined a birth center as the following:

“The birth center is a health care facility for childbirth where care is provided in the midwifery and wellness model. The birth center is freestanding and not a hospital, nor is any surgery performed or other high risk procedures.

Birth centers are an integrated part of the health care system and are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. While the practice of midwifery and the support of physiologic birth and newborn transition may occur in other settings, this is the exclusive model of care in a birth center.

Austin Area Birthing Center

The birth center respects and facilitates a woman’s right to make informed choices about her health care and her baby’s health care based on her values and beliefs. The woman’s family, as she defines it, is welcome to participate in the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.”

For AABC’s full article, please visit here:  AABC – What is a Birth Center?

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