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Birth Centre / Midwife Led Unit (MLU)


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Midwife Led Units (MLUs) or Birth Centres are facilities operated and run by midwives. The units may along-side a maternity hospital or freestanding, i.e. completely separate from the hospital. Given most women are able to give birth without the need for medical interventions, the option to birth in a Birth Centre / Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) is a good alternative to birthing in hospital.

Below are links to useful information and resources on Birth centres/ Midwifery Led Units.

NICE Guidelines - Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies (CG190) http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg190/ifp/chapter/Choosing-where-to-have-your-baby
NHS Choices – Where to give birth – the options http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/where-can-i-give-birth.aspx#close
Birthplace study – key findings

The Birthplace national cohort study was designed to answer questions about the risks and benefits of giving birth in different settings, focusing in particular on birth outcomes in healthy women with straightforward pregnancies who are at ‘low risk’ of complications. 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that Midwife Led Units are safest for straightforward births https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/midwife-led-units-safest-for-straightforward-births
NICE Clinical guideline CG190 recommendations on place of birth http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg190/chapter/1-recommendations#place-of-birth
Which? Birth Choice offers comparison of place of birth, including birth centres http://www.which.co.uk/birth-choice/environments/birth-centre
American Association of Birth Centers http://www.birthcenters.org/?page=for_parents



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