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Effect on Hospital Care

How does it Affect the Hospital Acute Care Service?

  • Birth centers have had a major impact on humanizing the acute care maternity services provided by hospitals. Note the rise in hospital birthing rooms, in privileges for nurse-midwives, in childbirth education programs, and in more liberal attitudes about family participation.
  • Birth centers are showing that the majority of women can safely proceed through pregnancy and birth using acute care services only as needed. In a wellness orientation to pregnancy and birth, birth centers would be the managed care gatekeepers for the acute care obstetric newborn services.
  • Birth centers eventually will help to reduce the number of costly hospital beds and expand primary care services.
  • Birth centers will help to reduce dependency fostered by institutional confinement and strengthen the family's ability to share responsibility for maternity care and family health.
  • Birth centers will help to develop a system of care based first on the needs of the family and second on the needs of medical education or product promotion.
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