American Association of Birth Centers

Definition of Birth Center

The birth center is a homelike facility existing within a healthcare system with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth.

Birth centers are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost effectiveness.

Birth centers provide family-centered care for healthy women before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor and birth.

Adopted by AABC Board of Directors: October 1, 1995

A Focus on the People

"Any birth that is carried out with the focus on the people rather than on the technology, becomes a special birth experience."

-Mary Lou Longeway, RN, MS