Birth Centers are Growing
There are currently 400 birth centers in 40 states and DC (Jan 2022). 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 2011-2021, the annual number of birth center births grew by 65%. This while the annual number of U.S. births decreased by 7% 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. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm