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Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes

by Linda Cole and Melissa Avery Springer Publishing Company
Pub Date:
06/2017
ISBN:
9780826125897
Format:
Pbk 366 pages
Price:
AU$89.00 NZ$94.78
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Written for graduate students and professionals in the fields of midwifery, women’s health, and public health, this book explores the freestanding birth center model in the United States from its conception by pioneering midwives and others in the early 1970s to the present day. Compared to the hospital-based birth model, the freestanding birth center offers a well-documented, healthier, more cost-effective, and more humane way to care for women and newborns, consistent with the goals of the Affordable Care Act. This rapidly expanding model of care has many positive implications for high-quality, individualized care and birth outcomes across the United States.


 


Written by U.S. leaders in midwifery, Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes offers a comprehensive guide to the evolving role of birth centers, clinical and cost outcomes, regulatory and legal issues, provider and accreditation issues, and the future of the birth center model. Woven throughout the text are descriptions of "exemplar" birth centers representing diverse geographical, business, and service models. These cases illustrate the possibilities for expansion and replication of this model of care.


 


Key Features


 



  • Provides a thorough history of the birth center movement from its inception through future expansion of the model

  • Serves as an essential resource with up-to-date evidence on clinical and cost outcomes

  • Includes case studies linking the unique service focus of individual birth centers to the associated sections of the book

  • Provides practical and comprehensive coverage of all issues involved in running a U.S. Birth center

Contents


Contributors


Foreword by Ruth Watson Lubic, CNM, EdD, FACNM, FAAN, and Kitty Ernst, CNM, MPH, FACNM


Preface


Acknowledgments


SECTION I. The History and Development of the Freestanding Birth Center Model


1. Organizing for Change: History, Pioneers, and the Formation of a National Organization


Kathryn M. Schrag and Kate E. Bauer


2. Meeting the Need for Innovation in Maternity Care


Diana R. Jolles and Paula Pelletier-Butler


3. The Contemporary Birth Center as Part of an Integrated Care Model


Linda J. Cole


SECTION II. Birth Center Outcomes: The Triple Aim


4. Clinical Outcomes in Birth Centers


Julia C. Phillippi and Kathleen Danhausen


5. A Profile of Birth Center Use in the United States and the Potential Demand for Birth Center Use in the Future


Eugene R. Declercq and Erika R. Cheng


6. Cost Outcomes and Finances of Freestanding Birth Centers


Victoria G. Woo and Neel T. Shah


SECTION III. Political and Regulatory Landscape


7. Care Providers in Freestanding Birth Centers


Autumn Versace Vergo and Kaye Kanne


8. Reaching for Excellence: Birth Center Standards and Accreditation


Susan Rutledge Stapleton and Rosemary Senjem


9. Birth Center Regulation in the United States


Jill Alliman


SECTION IV. Envisioning the Future of the Freestanding Birth Center


10. Enhanced Care Services and Health Homes


Alisha H. Wilkes and Jill Alliman


11. The Role of Birth Centers in Promoting Physiologic Birth


Melissa D. Avery


12. Preparing the Workforce


Barbara A. Anderson, Linda J. Cole, and Jesse S. Bushman


13. Launching a Birth Center


Cynthia Flynn and Brianna Honea Bennett


Appendix: Birth Centers in the Global Arena


Kathryn M. Schrag


Index