Birth centers can give women a new choice

Advocacy, Birth Center, Choices, Midwifery, Policy, Postpartum Health, Pregnancy

Michele Giordano and Nan Strauss wrote an op-ed in today’s amNY about the push to increase the number of birth centers in the state of New York.

“Birth centers have not been able to keep up with demand. Women in New York State are seeking alternatives to hospitals, with data showing that out-of-hospital births have risen by 68 percent between 2005 and 2013 — 1,085 more out-of-hospital births. With birth-center care sought by women and research showing that centers provide quality and cost-effective care, it’s time to make more options available to the 230,000 women giving birth a year in our state.

New York lags behind other states, with just two existing freestanding birth centers — one in Brooklyn and one in Buffalo. California has 24 freestanding birth centers, Texas has 62, and Florida 29.”