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The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) provides support, education, and accreditation to developing and established freestanding birth centers and alongside midwifery units in the USA, since 1985.

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Accreditation not only assures parents that they will receive support and excellent care, but it also helps birth centers and midwifery units ensure accountability and reduce risks and unnecessary interventions.

What is a birth center?

A birth center is a facility dedicated to providing pregnant parents with resources, midwives, and other medical care to help mothers in labor give birth as safely and comfortably as possible. It's important to choose a birth center that meets the most respected and safe requirements available.

What is an alongside midwifery unit?

An alongside midwifery unit is a small group of midwives and similar professionals to help pregnant families manage the pregnancy and deliver the baby in a more comfortable home environment. This unit usually works with low-risk women who are unlikely to have complications, and so may benefit more from an at-home birth. It's important that a midwifery unit be made of reliable professionals who can provide excellent care to the baby and mother, and know when to transfer care if the pregnancy or labor becomes risky.

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