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Summit Maternity Care Center
Birth Center Birth

Studies show that out of hospital births have lower risk factors than hospital births and are less likely to be associated with poor pregnancy outcomes like preterm and low birth weight births. 


We believe that women's bodies were created to give birth and perfectly designed to feed their baby after birth. In normal circumstances, labor and birth should not be controlled and minimally intervened.

Birth Center Birth

Birth Centers

Maternal satisfaction across birth settings has typically been highest when women are supported in choosing their birth setting and the provider that aligns most closely with their value systems, individual pregnancy needs, and personal preferences. 


Birth center care is a safe alternative to homebirth and is approved by (ACOG) the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women who choose out of hospital birth in the state of Florida are provided risk screening throughout their pregnancy to determine low risk. Women who deliver in birth centers have low risk births, improved breastfeeding initiation, and better postpartum outcomes.

Benefits to Birth Centers

Studies show that birth centers are a safe choice for people at low-risk for birth complications and have better outcomes in birth center verses hospital birth.

Birth Centers:

  • reduced rates of medical intervention

  • lower rates in induction

  • lower rates in augmentation of labor

  • lower rates of intervention-related maternal morbidity

  • lower rates of postpartum hemorrhage

  • lower rates of tearing

  • decreased rates of cesarean birth

  • decreased rates of instrumental assisted vaginal birth

Birth Centers Improve:

  • increased rates in initiation of breastfeeding

  • increased rates of continuation of breastfeeding

  • increased family bonding with baby

  • better mental health outcomes, decreased rate of postpartum depression

  • improved neonatal outcomes in comparison to homebirth

Transfer from Birth Center

According to a study by American Association of Birth Centers, more than 9 out of 10 women (94%) who entered labor planning a birth center birth achieved a vaginal birth.  Less than 2% of women who choose the birth center setting will require an urgent transfer for either mother or newborn.


Developing a plan for emergency increases safety for our families. Summit Maternity Care Center is a quick 5-minute drive to Shore Point Medical Center. An emergency transfer can be accomplished via ambulance in the rare circumstance that it is necessary. Most transfers to the hospital are non-emergent and can be accomplished private car. 

Most Common Reasons for transfer according to American Association of Birth Centers


In Labor:

  • Most of the in-labor transfers were done for non-emergency reasons, such as prolonged labor.

  • Less than 1% of the study sample transferred to the hospital during labor for emergency reasons.

  • The most common reason for emergency transfer during labor was for non-reassuring fetal heart rate patterns


  • A very small percentage of women 0.4%,and infants 0.6% transferred after birth for emergency reasons.

  • Most common reasons for postpartum and newborn emergency transfers were postpartum hemorrhage 0.2%. Most cases of postpartum hemorrhage were handled safely in the birth center without any need for transfer.  

  • Most common reason for newborn transfer: respiratory issues 0.4%

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Summit Maternity Care Birth Statistics

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