St. Louis Park Birth Center Joins Federal Study

Updated: 03/17/2013 9:11 PM KSTP.com By: Joy Lim Nakrin

A holistic birth center Saint Louis Park will be part of a federal study on reducing premature births.

Morning Star Women's Health and Birth Center is one of 48 holistic birth center sites in 22 states whose methods will be examined after the American Association of Birth Centers was selected to receive a $5.35 million four-year grant.

The purpose is to measure outcomes and costs from enhanced prenatal care using the birth center model of care for women enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP who are at risk of having a preterm birth.

Through counseling, midwives, classes, massage therapy, and comfort items including luxury birthing suites, birth centers boast reduced preterm birth rates. According to Rebecca Gorski of Morning Star Birth Center, "when women are supported psychologically and emotionally and physically throughout their child bearing experience they have better outcomes."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of nine babies born in the United States are premature and more infants die from preterm-related problems than from any other single cause.