birthing center

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birthing center

n.
A medical facility, sometimes associated with a hospital, that provides a homelike setting for childbirth and usually offers the services of nurse-midwives. Also called birth center.
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The first National Birth Center study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1989, as well as the National Birth Center Study II, Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health in 2013, continue to demonstrate safe outcomes (N.
It is the co-op's goal to build more birth centers in other areas of Montana, where women have little or no access to midwives, and to benefit from the special client-centered care midwives provide.
Most birth centers are inaccessible both economically and culturally to a huge portion of LA's pregnant mothers.
Freestanding birth centers are typically staffed by nurse midwives and operate separately from hospitals--presenting women with an alternative setting in which to receive prenatal and labor care.
Midwifery and birth centers have become hot topics lately because of their potential impact on U.
These services make the Birth Center very special and helped earn it American Association of Birth Centers accreditation and the prestigious UNICEF/WHO Baby Friendly designation for superior lactation support.
hospitals and birth centers are lagging in promoting supportive breastfeeding practices, with southern states faring more poorly than other regions.
In the absence of state licensing and regulation, the center conforms to standards of the American Association of Birth Centers, Becker said.
Its goal is to encourage hospitals and birth centers to promote and support breastfeeding.
The intent is to preserve the essential integrity of each hospital's birth centers, including those at Allina's Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals as well as at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
There are currently 289 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide.
Far from supporting a luxury, families and insurers actually save money when birth centers deliver babies.