A birth center is a healthcare facility focused on assisting in childbirth through the midwifery and wellness model. They are usually freestanding centers rather than part of a hospital.
Birth centers are designed for healthy people expecting a low-risk pregnancy and birth. They are staffed by licensed and qualified midwives and nurses, and generally have doctors on call to address emergencies.
Midwifery focuses on supporting pregnancy and birth through natural, low-impact interventions. Midwifery prioritizes preventing disease and promoting health while also improving a mother’s self-sufficiency through education.
In addition to providing childbirth services, a birth center offers antepartum care, such as routine lab tests, continuous health screening, physical exams, and health counseling.