Most midwives dream of starting a birth center practice and being independent from employment of a big health care system. You get to invest your time and energy into something you love. You get to build your vision instead of someone else’s. You also provide jobs to those people around you and in your community, and so many reasons why starting your own birth center is a great idea to pursue.
Anyone can start a birth center! While starting to turn your visions into reality, it is important to know the basics first. You need to realize what is a birth center and why do you want to pursue one? According to the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) birth center respects and facilitates a woman’s right to make informed choices about her health care and her baby’s health care based on her values and beliefs. The woman’s family, as she defines it, is welcome to participate in the pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
They said that the secret to getting ahead is getting started. If you plan to pursue starting a birth center then you must start doing some research and strategies now. The actions listed below are important steps to opening a birth center. Prepare for your success!
•Attend a How to Start a Birth Center Workshop
•Become an AABC Developing Birth Center Member
•Enroll into “How to Start a Birth Center” online course
•Know your community
•Know the national Standards for Birth Centers
•Know the birth center regulations in your state
•Develop your business plan
•Plan for CABC accreditation from the start
•Continue educating yourself
•Work with a great business consultant at Midwifery Business Consultation
One advantage of being a midwife is our ability to provide mothers with personalized care and comfort during their pregnancy journey. As a woman, we have our own personal touch to provide our clients which are the mothers with quality and best of care. Now is the best time to pursue that dream of having your own birth center. You have the power to be your own boss!
The Birth Center Experience – American Association of Birth Centers. (n.d.). Retrieved May 29, 2022, from https://www.birthcenters.org/page/bc_experience