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Benefits to Families


  • The birth center approaches pregnancy and birth as a normal family event until proven otherwise. While attending to the possibility that a problem may arise that will require medical intervention or care in the acute care setting of a hospital, the program encourages family intervention and provides a safe environment for families to experience the social, emotional, and spiritual renewal inherent in birthing forth new life.
    • This is in opposition to the view that pregnancy is an illness, and that birth is a medical/surgical event that needs to be cured.

  • The birth center program of education encourages parents to become informed and self-reliant, and to assume responsibility for their own health and the health of the family.

  • The birth center brings generations together to celebrate new life by encouraging grandparents and children to participate in the birth center program. 

  • Birth centers have demonstrated for 35 years that they are a viable alternative to unattended home birth and to costly hospital acute care. It is now time to mainstream these services.

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