Birth Center Midwives
Birth centers include a team of highly qualified professionals from midwifery, nursing, obstetrics, family medicine, pediatrics, nutrition, social work, physical fitness, childbirth, and parenting education.
Birth Centers are a place that gives you a caring, warm, and home-like environment where you are supported and respected as well as safe and secure. You will have a private room for giving birth where you can:
Birth centers give you continuing support; holistic pain management; and information on infant care, breastfeeding, parenting, and family planning.
Women who choose to birth in a birth center would not have access to epidurals or an extensive list of pain medications, but do have the opportunity to use the non-pharmacological techniques discussed above. Birth Centers carry the necessary medications, oxygen, techniques and training needed to handle many common birth-related issues. The C-section rate for women who begin care in birth centers is very low, around 6% compared to the national average of 33%.(1)
Integrated Part of the Health Care System
Birth Centers are part of the system of quality health care in many communities.
You receive a complete network of maternity and women's health services including:
(1) Stapleton, S. R., Osborne, C., & Illuzzi, J. (2013). Outcomes of care in birth Centers: Demonstration of a durable model. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 58(1), 3-14.