For the past 30 years, Birth Centers have consistently shown dramatic savings when compared with hospital births. Birth Centers provide quality midwifery care that is both safe and cost-effective.
If even 10 percent (400,000) of the 4 million women who give birth in the U.S. each year delivered their babies in Birth Centers, the savings in facility fee payments alone would be at least $2.6 billion.
– Data for birth centers is from 2010. Data for hospitals is from 2008.
– Chart shows facility charges only. Provider fees are additional.
– Charges for hospital births do not include newborn care .
American Association of Birth Centers. Uniform Data Set. 2010 Data
U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. 2008 Data