Free-Standing Birth Centers: Prospects and Problems

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  • Pamela S. Eakins Ph.D.

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    1. Principal Public Policy Analyst, University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health, and Affiliated Scholar, Stanford University Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
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  • This research was supported by the California Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Branch contracts #85-86865 and #86-80284; the UCLA School of Public Health, Stanford University Institute for Research on Women and Gender; and The Birth Place, Inc., Menlo Park, California.

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: In this paper we examine the four major barriers to the operation of free-standing birth centers: lack of regulation, underuse, unavailability of professional liability insurance, and lack of systematic, continuing medical outcome data-collection systems. Recommendations for overcoming each of these barriers are offered.

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