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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Birthing Centers Could Save Billions

Published February 25, 2013 10:16 AM by Catlin Nalley
A recent study conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) suggests that if more pregnant women delivered their babies at birth centers, the nation's C-section rate would decrease while increasing healthcare savings, reported TIME.

Published in the January/February 2013 issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, "The National Birth Center Study II," included 15,574 women who received care in 79 midwife-led birth centers in 33 U.S. states from 2007 through 2010.

The study included only low-risk births, noted TIME.

Of the participants who planned and were eligible for birth center births at the time of labor, 84% gave birth at the birth center. Four percent were transferred to a hospital prior to birth center admission, and 12% were transferred in labor after admission, according to study results.

Data shows that fewer than one in sixteen (6%) of participants required a cesarean birth compared to nearly one in four (24%) similarly low-risk women cared for in a hospital setting, according to the AABC.

Additionally, the study found that birth centers saved the healthcare system $30 million in facility fees, stated TIME.

What do you think? Do you recommend birthing centers to your patients?

posted by Catlin Nalley


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