While there are no Free Standing Birth Centers in the Western NY area, Rochester Area Birth Network supports future development of this option for women.
As of October 31st, 2016, Rochester Area Birth Network submitted a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging his signature on the bill. We will keep you updated as we know more.
Read RABN’s statement in support of a free-standing birth center for the Rochester, Western, and Finger Lakes regions of NY. Birth Center Statement
In addition to existing research, new research has found that :
“Women intending to give birth in an FMU had a significantly higher likelihood of uncomplicated, spontaneous birth with good outcomes for mother and infant compared to women intending to give birth in an OU. The likelihood of intact perineum, use of upright position for birth and water birth was also higher. No difference was found in perinatal morbidity or third/fourth degree tears, while birth interventions including caesarean section and epidural analgesia were significantly less frequent among women intending to give birth in an FMU.”
Overgaard, C, Fenger-Gron, M, Sandall, J.; “Freestanding Midwifery Units versus Obstetric Units Does the Effect of Place of Birth Differ With Level of Social Disadvantage?” BMC Public Health. 2012;12(478) © 2012 BioMed Central, Ltd.
Stapleton, S. R., Osborne, C., & Illuzzi, J. (2013). Outcomes of care in birth centers: demonstration of a durable model. J Midwifery Womens Health, 58(1), 3-14.