Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes (Paperback)

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Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes (Paperback)

By Linda Cole (Editor), Melissa Avery (Editor)

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Written for graduate students and professionals in the fields of midwifery, women's health, and public health, this book explores the freestanding birth center model in the United States from its conception by pioneering midwives and others in the early 1970s through the present day. Compared to the hospital-based birth model, the freestanding birth center offers a better documented, healthier, more cost-effective, and more humane way to care for women and newborns, consistent with the goals of health care legislation. This rapidly expanding model of care has many positive implications for high-quality, individualized care and birth outcomes across the United States.

Written by U.S. leaders in midwifery, Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes offers a comprehensive guide to the evolving role of birth centers, clinical and cost outcomes, regulatory and legal issues, provider and accreditation issues, and the future of the birth center model. Woven throughout the text are descriptions of exemplar birth centers, representing diverse geographical, business, and service models. These cases illustrate the possibilities for expansion and replication of this model of care.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough history of the birth center movement from its inception through future expansion of the model
  • Serves as an essential resource with up-to-date evidence on clinical and cost outcomes
  • Includes case studies linking the unique service focus of individual birth centers to the associated sections of the book
  • Provides practical and comprehensive coverage of all issues involved in implementing and operating a U.S. birth center
Product Details ISBN: 9780826125897
ISBN-10: 0826125891
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 11th, 2017
Pages: 366
Language: English