The safety and benefits of the birth center model are well documented. Take a look at our outcomes and the research behind our model of care.

number of women included in the National Birth Center Study II, which demonstrated the safety of birth center care.

The safety of birth center care was established in 1992 in a study that observed nearly 12,000 labors nationwide. The study was replicated in 2013, this time analyzing outcomes from 15,574 labors and showing similar results. Both studies demonstrated that for women with low risk pregnancies, outcomes were the same or better in a birth center setting relative to nationally reported outcomes of low-risk births in hospitals, and a low cesarean birth rate. Outcomes in birth centers have remained stable, despite a significant increase the cesarean birth rate in hospitals since the 1990’s.

Source: 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. [study summary]
our cesarean birth rate for women who begin labor care in the birth center

The cesarean birth rate for women with low risk pregnancies in hospitals is estimated to be 25%. The risks associated with unnecessary cesarean sections are well documented.

Our midwives and nurses are experts in hands-on labor care, and our centers are designed to maximize comfort and mobility. The research confirms that this model of care safely reduces the chance of cesarean birth.

 average savings of a birth center birth, compared with a typical birth in the hospital.

That savings usually means a lower out-of-pocket costs for growing families. Learn more about how we work with insurance plans to make sure you’re covered.

Source: Truven Health Analytics (2013): The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States. [study report]
of moms who have had a hospital birth are interested in the option of a birth center for their next birth

That’s why we’re growing our network to give more families more options in more communities.

Source: Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out, a national survey of new moms, conducted in 2013. [study report]

We’ve built a care model based on the best and most up-to-date evidence … so that you can have the best birth possible, on your own terms.

of moms who gave birth at baby+company would recommend us to friends and family.

We couldn’t be more grateful when people share the love.

Source: Routine postpartum survey sent to all baby+company families after a birth center birth.
say their midwife or nurse was at their side whenever they needed care or labor support.

That personal attention keeps you and your baby safe and your labor progressing. Check out the research to learn how.

Source: Routine postpartum survey sent to all baby+company families after a birth center birth.
of moms who give birth at the birth center say they had enough support to manage pain.

And none of them had an epidural. There is a whole range of ways to deal with pain – and they work! Check out the birth center experience and real stories from women about how they coped with pain.

Source: Routine postpartum survey sent to all baby+company families after a birth center birth.
say their family members and companions were welcome and supported at prenatal visits.

Having a baby is a family affair. We welcome whoever you want to be part of your experience.

Source: Routine prenatal survey sent to all baby+company families during the third trimester.
of pregnant women felt as involved as they wanted to be to be in decisions about their prenatal care.

We are all about personalized care. We partner with you come up with the right plan of care for you, and work with you to meet your own goals for prenatal health, birth, and beyond.

Source: Routine prenatal survey sent to all baby+company families during the third trimester.
healthy babies born at baby+company so far.

As of October 2016, we have welcomed over 1,000 healthy babies in our centers. No matter how many births we are a part of, we think it is amazing every time. Each story is unique.

of our care model is based on research and best practice.

Want to learn more? Explore the research below

the research

We dug into the best and most up-to-date research to design our model of care.

Explore the research to learn about the benefits of…

care led by midwives:

  • Sandall, J., Soltani, H., Gates, S., Shennan, A., & Devane, D. (2016). Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD004667. [summary]
  • Renfrew, M. J., McFadden, A., Bastos, M. H., Campbell, J., Channon, A. A., Cheung, N. F., . . . Declercq, E. (2014). Midwifery and quality care: Findings from a new evidence-informed framework for maternal and newborn care. Lancet (London, England), 384(9948), 1129-1145. [abstract]

birth centers:

  • 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. [summary]
  • Woo, V. G., Milstein, A., & Platchek, T. (2016). Hospital-affiliated outpatient birth centers: A possible model for helping to achieve the triple aim in obstetrics. JAMA, 316(14), 1441-1442. [abstract]
  • Birthplace in England Collaborative Group. (2011). Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: The birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 343, d7400. [full text]

group visits:

  • Tilden, E. L., Hersh, S. R., Emeis, C. L., Weinstein, S. R., & Caughey, A. B. (2014). Group prenatal care: Review of outcomes and recommendations for model implementation. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey,69(1), 46-55. [abstract]
  • Ickovics, J. R., Earnshaw, V., Lewis, J. B., Kershaw, T. S., Magriples, U., Stasko, E., . . . Tobin, J. N. (2016). Cluster randomized controlled trial of group prenatal care: Perinatal outcomes among adolescents in New York City health centers. American Journal of Public Health, 106(2), 359-365. [abstract]
  • Novick, G., Reid, A. E., Lewis, J., Kershaw, T. S., Rising, S. S., & Ickovics, J. R. (2013). Group prenatal care: Model fidelity and outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 209(2), 112.e1-112.e6. [abstract]
  • Kearney, L., Kynn, M., Craswell, A., & Reed, R. (2017). The relationship between midwife-led group-based versus conventional antenatal care and mode of birth: a matched cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, 39. [full text]

personalized care planning and shared decision making:

  • Hibbard, J. H., & Greene, J. (2013). What the evidence shows about patient activation: Better health outcomes and care experiences; fewer data on costs. Health Affairs (Project Hope), 32(2), 207-214. [abstract]
  • Moore, J. E. (2016). Women’s voices in maternity care: The triad of shared decision making, informed consent, and evidence-based practices. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 30(3), 218-223. [abstract]

labor and birth practices and safety:

  • Nutter, E., Meyer, S., Shaw-Battista, J., & Marowitz, A. (2014). Waterbirth: An integrative analysis of peer-reviewed literature. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 59(3), 286-319. [abstract]
  • Cluett, E. R., & Burns, E. (2009). Immersion in water in labour and birth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2):CD000111. doi(2), CD000111. [summary]
  • Hodnett, E. D., Gates, S., Hofmeyr, G. J., & Sakala, C. (2013). Continuous support for women during childbirth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD003766.
  • Lawrence, A., Lewis, L., Hofmeyr, G. J., & Styles, C. (2013). Maternal positions and mobility during first stage labour. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10, CD003934. [summary]
  • Lee, S. L., Liu, C. Y., Lu, Y. Y., & Gau, M. L. (2013). Efficacy of warm showers on labor pain and birth experiences during the first labor stage. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG, 42(1), 19-28. [abstract]
  • Moore, E. R., Anderson, G. C., Bergman, N., & Dowswell, T. (2012). Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online), 5, CD003519. [summary]
  • Rooks, J. P. (2011). Safety and risks of nitrous oxide labor analgesia: A review. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 56(6), 557-565. [abstract]
  • Singata, M., Tranmer, J., & Gyte, G. M. (2013). Restricting oral fluid and food intake during labour. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (8):CD003930 [summary]
  • Sakala, C., Romano, A. M., & Buckley, S. J. (2016). Hormonal physiology of childbearing, an essential framework for maternal-newborn nursing. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG, 45(2), 264-275. [abstract]
  • Approaches to limit intervention during labor and birth. (2017). Committee Opinion No. 687. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecolo-gists. Obstet Gynecol 2017;129:e20–8. [full text]
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