Journal Article Midwifery Care at a Freestanding Birth Center: A Safe and Effective Alternative to Conventional Maternity Care
Sarah Benatar, Bowen Garrett, Embry M. Howell, Ashley Palmer
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The Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. provides accessible, culturally appropriate prenatal care and delivery services to low income women. This study of the outcomes of care at that center improves on previous research by controlling for risk selection into birth center care. We find that women who receive at least two prenatal visits from birth center midwives regardless of whether they deliver at the center or in a hospitalare less likely to have a C-section and less likely to have an induced delivery. They have fewer preterm babies and their babies have higher birth weights.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Federal health care reform Health equity Maternal, child, and reproductive health Washington, DC, research initiative
Policy Centers Health Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV