If you’re experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy then a birth center may be the perfect place for you to give birth. A birth center is a free-standing facility that offers prenatal care, labor and birth services and postnatal care for women and families. Most birth centers are not part of a hospital, but some do have hospital associations or relationships. They are licensed by the state the center resides in and must meet specific guidelines for birth center facilities in the state. Birth centers are designed for healthy and low-risk mamas-to-be and offer many benefits over the traditional hospital setting. Read on to learn more about why a birth center may be right for you.
Birth Centers Offer the Midwife Difference
Overwhelmingly, midwives are the primary care attendants at birth centers, an important benefit in itself. A major study of 800,000 low-risk pregnant women by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the late 90s, showed that women cared for by midwives experience far more positive birth outcomes than do women cared for by other types of obstetrical staff. In this study, women cared for by midwives experienced a 19% lower infant mortality rate, a 33% lower neonatal mortality rate, a 31% lower rate of low birth-weight babies and tons of other benefits as well. Researchers estimated that midwifery care meant more time spent with patients and fewer labor interventions, both of which lead to more positive birth outcomes for mama and baby. Midwives aren’t the only benefit of birth centers though.
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