A freestanding birthing center is a facility not associated with any hospital, university or OB/GYN practice. It is designed to provide professional, cost-effective prenatal, birthing and postpartum care.
Birthing centers focus on healthy pregnancy diet, exercise and care to facilitate an optimal birth experience. Family-oriented care encourages parents to invite those closest to them to participate in the birth experience. Mother and baby usually remain at the center for approximately two to six hours after a normal delivery before returning home.