Birth centers increasing in popularity

Published 7:40 AM ET, Mon October 12, 2015
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Dana Schrenk, 31, and husband Jon Ruth, 36, at Baby & Co new birthing center - partly owned by Wake Med - in Cary, North Carolina on September 15, 2015. Schrenk tried to use the tub to deliver her baby, but she was born on the bed. Baby & Co runs a chain of five outpatient birthing centers in Colorado, Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
The Greenville Midwifery Center and Birth Center has a basic clinic staffed by midwives and an upscale birth center with three birthing rooms. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
Nakita Noel, 26, and Farren Noel, 26, hold their new baby, 3-day-old Cooper Noel on September 15, 2015. Cooper was born at the Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
Cara Osborne, midwife and founder of Baby & Co. on September 15, 2015. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
At the Greenville Health System Midwifery Care and Birth Center in Greenville, S.C., women get a plush king size bed, a giant tub and cloth swing to assist them with labor. The room has hardwood floors, mood lighting and high tech sound systems. The center is located in a medical park across the street from the main Greenville hospital. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
At Blessed Births, a birth center in Greenville, S.C., Kristen Laing, 25 and husband Harrison Laing, 29, from Greenville hold baby Elijah, about a week after he was born. The downtown center is owned and run by a certified professional midwife. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
Amy Leland, midwife and owner of  Blessed Births, a birth center in Greenville, South Carolina on September 15, 2015 (Photo by Phil Galewitz/KHN). Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News