Midwifery Care at a Freestanding Birth Center: A Safe and Effective Alternative to Conventional Maternity Care
The Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. provides accessible, culturally appropriate prenatal care and delivery services to low income women. This study of the outcomes of care at that center improves on previous research by controlling for risk selection into birth center care. We find that women who receive at least two prenatal visits from birth center midwives regardless of whether they deliver at the center or in a hospitalare less likely to have a C-section and less likely to have an induced delivery. They have fewer preterm babies and their babies have higher birth weights.