Choosing a Birth Setting for Childbirth Resources
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on Choosing a Birth SettingWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic to help inform you about choosing a birth setting:
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to Choosing a Birth Setting
Resources for Choosing a Birth Setting and Different Types of Birth SettingsAmerican Association of Birth Centers: The best single source of information about out-of-hospital (or "freestanding") birth centers in the U.S. is the website of AABC (formerly known as National Association of Childbearing Centers); defines the birth center concept through text and audio and video recordings on many related topics; with FAQs, an online version of "The Birth Center" brochure, and a look at birth centers from the professional side; those considering birth centers may be interested in several publications that can be ordered through the site, including reports of The National Birth Center Study and of a Survey of Birth Center Experience; you can also contact AABC by e-mail at AABC@BirthCenters.org and by phone at 215-234-8068 (eastern time).
Lamaze International: Why Transparency in Maternity Care Matters: A Fact Sheet: explains why transparency in medical interventions at the provider and facility level is necessary for quality improvements in maternity care.
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: see "Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask"
Resources for Understanding How Care Can Differ From One Hospital to Another, and Between Hospitals and Birth Centers Massachusetts, Health and Human Services: Information to Help You Choose a Birth Facility: how to understand and use statistics to help choose a place of birth. Also see childbirth services utilization rates.
NYC Public Advocate/Choices in Childbirth: New York City Hospital Maternity Information: 2003 (PDF), clarifies for all "practice variation" and different rates of interventions from hospital to hospital; helps New York City residents choose a hospital
Resources for How to Find a Local Out-of-Hospital Birth Center for your Birth SettingAmerican Association of Birth Centers: Find a Birth Center: an online directory of birth centers from AABC
American College of Nurse-Midwives: Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives, an online database from ACNM to identify practices with one or more Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs), with ability to search for birth center and other practice settings
Resources for How to Find a Local Caregiver for a Home BirthAmerican College of Nurse-Midwives: Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives: an online database from ACNM to identify practices with one or more Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs), with ability to search for home birth and other practice settings
BirthPartners.com: Natural Birth Partners: an online directory for locating home birth and other midwives, including midwives who are willing to travel to women
MidwifeInfo.com: Find a Midwife: midwife locator with ability to search for birth center, home and hospital birth services (right side of page - tip: try searching by state alone)
Midwives Alliance of North America: Midwives (email): to request lists of MANA members in specific states or provinces, including many home birth providers (MANA members have many different types of credentials)
North American Registry of Midwives: Certified Professional Midwives: to find local Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), who are educated especially to offer out-of-hospital birth services, call NARM toll-free at 888-842-4784 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
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