Looking for Maternity Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Our member birth centers have been very busy in recent weeks receiving calls from expecting families who wish to give birth outside the hospital, to avoid the risk of COVID-19 exposure for mother, newborn and family. Since the initial appearance of COVID-19 in the State of Oregon, OABC and its members have adopted meticulous and comprehensive policies to reduce the risk of exposure to an absolute minimum.

Birth Centers Offer High Quality, Individualized Care that Minimizes Risk

What is a free-standing birth center?

Birth Centers are birthing facilities licensed by the state of Oregon.

We offer professional, full-service midwifery care for your prenatal, birth, and postpartum experience. 

Free-Standing Birth Centers are staffed by a variety of highly qualified providers from professions like midwifery, nursing, obstetrics, family medicine, pediatrics, and more. We understand the importance of continuity of care and the desires of expectant families.

Birth workers in free standing birth centers are available to their clients 24-hours a day for any urgent questions or needs that may arise during your pregnancy, and are excited to care for you at the birth center for your labor and birth.

Birth Centers are a place that give you a caring, warm, and clean home-like environment where you are supported and respected as well as safe and secure. You will have a private room for giving birth where you can:

  • Make yourself comfortable.
  • Wear your own clothing.
  • Eat when you feel hungry.
  • Soak in a tub or have a water birth.
  • Give birth with loved ones by your side.



Birth centers care for you during pregnancy and birth; offer pain management during your labor; and provide support with newborn care, breastfeeding, parenting, and family planning.

 You receive a complete network of maternity and women’s health services including:

  • Laboratory, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic testing.
  • Consultation with physicians as necessary.
  • Transfer to a hospital if the need should arise.

Birth Center care is covered by most major health insurance plans.

How much does it cost?

Most major health insurers contract with birth centers for reimbursement. Many Oregon Birth Centers are covered by insurance companies such as: 

  • MODA
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • United HealthCare
  • Pacific Source
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • TriCare
  • and more

Your local birth center will assist you in determining what your health plan will cover.