In 2021, the good results of the experimentation of the first eight birthing centers that appeared in France in 2015 had led the French health authorities to authorize their development. However, no new facilities have been opened since then, as strict requirements to ensure safe deliveries complicate both the search for a suitable venue and the implementation of midwifery rotations. Now, birth centers provide 800 births per year, out of just under 730,000 in the country. A drop of water!
These are private facilities run by a team of midwives. Reserved for low-risk pregnancies, they are designed for women who wish to give birth vaginally without an epidural, in a physiological environment with the continuous assistance of midwives. "Our 2019 report showed that they offered a satisfactory quality of care, which allowed them to be sustained," says Professor Anne Chantry. Others...
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