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Comment & Response
February 14, 2017

Birth Center Model of Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Association of Birth Centers, Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2017;317(6):645-646. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20479

To the Editor The Viewpoint by Dr Woo and colleagues offered the birth center model of care as a solution to improve maternity outcomes, save health care costs, and increase patient satisfaction rates.1 Why did the authors not present any of the birth center studies published in the United States? The research and data on US birth center outcomes show that birth centers staffed by midwives provide safe, affordable, and satisfying care to low-risk mothers and infants.

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