THE ALTERNATIVE BIRTH CENTER MOVEMENT IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AND BAY AREA

Authors

  • Kathryn A. Patterson C.N.M., M.S.N.,

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    1. Kathryn A. Patterson, C.N.M., M.S.N., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. She teaches in the Ambulatory Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
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  • Vicki L. Peterson R.N., M.S.N.

    1. Vicki L. Peterson, R.N., M.S.N., is an Alternative Birth Center Nurse at Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco.
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Address correspondence to: Ms. Kathryn A. Patterson, 2922 23rd Street, San Francisco, California 94110.

ABSTRACT

Alternative Birth Centers particular to the San Francisco area are discussed. Information of general interest regarding the issues that have brought about the advent of this birthing alternative is presented. Also provided is information concerning the specific services provided which should be of interest to maternity units considering the development of an alternative birth center within their hospitals.

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