Birth Center Resources

This page includes lots of resources on birth centers, and birth centers in Kentucky. We have put a * beside the documents we recommend participants review before speaking with legislators.

*HB311 Talking Points Sheet– To be printed as a two-sided document when handed out

American Association of Birth Centers

*American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Press Kit

Improving Access to Freestanding Birth Centers – AABC white paper

Certificate-of-Need Laws: Implications for Kentucky

*The Wrath of CON | How Certificate-Of-Need Laws Affect Access to Health Care – YouTube Video from Mercatus Center

Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives (KCNPNM) White Paper on Core Principles in CON Modernization, 2014

*Summary of Kentucky Birth Center Certificate of Need Litigation– A summary of the legal battles of CNM Mary Carol Akers to open a birth center in Kentucky

*Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: Findings at a Glance

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative – This CMS informational bulletin describes the improved outcomes and substantial savings associated with Birth Center care as reported in the final Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

Strong Start in birth centers: Socio‐demographic characteristics, care processes, and outcomes for mothers and newborns– A recent Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation report evaluated the four‐year Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative, which sought to improve maternal and newborn outcomes through exploration of three enhanced, evidence‐based care models. This paper reports the socio‐demographic characteristics, care processes, and outcomes for mothers and newborns engaged in care with American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) sites.

Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model– This study examines outcomes of birth center care in the present maternity care environment.

*The National Birth Center Study II Fact Sheet- A summary of the study above

Levels of Maternal Care – ACOG