In this video, Anjili Hinman, one of the founders of the Atlanta Birth Center, discusses why it is so important to be a developing birth center member of the American Association of Birth Centers.

Become a Developing Birth Center Member

AABC offers a class of membership specifically designed for those interested in starting a birth center. A Developing Birth Center Membership includes:

The dues for this membership are $1,210. After your first year as a Developing Birth Center Member, you may renew your membership as a Developing Birth Center for $695 (If you require benefits to be shipped immediately, please enclose an additional $50 for UPS 2-Day Air delivery or $85 for UPS Overnight delivery.)


AABC has a variety of publications and manuals to assist birth center professionals. Check out our store.


AABC offers several kinds of consultation. To receive more information on any of these consulting services, Contact AABC.

On-Site Workshop

"How to Start a Birth Center Workshop" - This workshop explores the processes for establishing a birth center. An on-site workshop offers the dual benefit of convenience and customization to meet your needs. The primary faculty for an on-site workshop is Eunice K. M. Ernst, CNM, MPH. Ms. Ernst is a frequent consultant to birth centers and has over 30 years of experience in the development of the birth center concept. The workshop will cover topics such as feasibility, management, operations, and evaluation. The workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of your site.

The fee for an on-site workshop is $5,000 plus expenses, plus $100/participant for the workshop manual. With as few as four participants, you will realize the cost savings of an on-site workshop, and you will benefit from a workshop customized to your needs.

On-Site Consultation

AABC Consultation is provided by a collection of experienced birth center members who will provide consultation services ranging from assistance in preparing a certificate of need to site selection, staff preparation, and complete turnkey responsibility. AABC will help you define your need and connect you with consultants that can help meet it. Contact AABC to learn more about a possible consultation.

Telephone Consultation

AABC offers telephone consultation at a rate of $100/hour. For AABC Developing Birth Center members, telephone consultation is included in membership.

AABC Supports Members

"AABC advocates for my birth center and all birth centers. They advocate for me all the time. [...] AABC represents us and validates us, giving us a bigger voice for public recognition, reimbursement, and more. We can’t do this alone as individual birth centers."