Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health recently published a large prospective cohort study by Stapleton et al. of maternal and newborn outcomes for  15,574 women planning and eligible to receive care in 79 midwifery-led birth centres across the United States from 2007 to 2010. The study documented safety and low intervention rates associated with birth centres, and estimated that the birth centre births in this cohort “saved an estimated $27,245,469 in payments for facility services” compared to hospital births at the current Medicare rates.

The authors conclude:

“Birth centers and their midwifery-led, collaborative model of maternity care continue to offer an important solution to many of the issues affecting the quality and cost of maternity care in the United States.”

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