birthing center


noun

a medical facility for the labor and childbirth experience in a family-friendly, homelike environment.

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Medical definitions for birthing center

birthing center

n.

A medical facility, often associated with a hospital, that is designed to provide a comfortable, homelike setting during childbirth and that is generally less restrictive than a hospital in its regulations, as in permitting midwifery or allowing family members or friends to attend the delivery.
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