Birth Centers are Growing

There are currently 400 birth centers in 40 states and DC (Jan 2021). The number of midwifery-led birth centers has more than doubled in the last decade and continues to grow.

Additionally, data from the CDC National Center for Vital Statistics shows a steady increase in the number of birth center births. From 2008-2018, the annual number of birth center births grew by 60%. This while the annual number of U.S. births decreased by 12% during the same period.


 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics Information.