Each Spring, Andaluz releases our practice statistics for the years prior. We have done this since June of 2011, when it became mandatory for Oregon midwives to enter all birth statistics into the MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) database. As we strive to bring both safe and personalized care to families, we believe these figures reflect this goal.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health revealed much of the same for birth centers across the United States. Compiling information from almost 80 birth centers in 33 states over a three year period revealed:
- 84% of women who planned and were eligible (low-risk) actually gave birth at the birth center (Andaluz’s rate is 86%)
- 12% of women who were admitted to the birth center in labor transferred to the hospital before the birth of their baby (Andaluz’s rate is 10%)
- 94% of women, including hospital transfers, had a vaginal birth (Andaluz’s rate is 95%)
- 6% of clients had a cesarean birth (Andaluz’s rate is 4.9%)
- No maternal deaths (Andaluz’s rate is the same)
- 0.47/1000 intrapartum (in labor) fetal mortality rate for women admitted to the birth center in labor (Andaluz’s rate is 0%)
This study demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide.
We wish to recognize and thank the supportive, collaborative assistance from area healthcare professionals and facilities in contributing to these figures.