Birth Centre

A birth centre is a facility in which a mother who has a very low risk of complications during her labour can give birth, usually with the assistance of a midwife but minimal medical intervention.

They are often fitted with comfortable beds, pleasant surroundings, music and facilities for the father and other supporters.

Ideally they should be attached to, or close to, a more sophisticated maternity hospital so that if necessary appropriate assistance is rapidly available for both mother and child.

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