Birthing centers provide care to expectant mothers during pregnancy, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period.
Freestanding Birthing Centers
Freestanding birthing centers or "birthing centers" are licensed as Health Care Facilities in Ohio. The rules for birthing centers are set forth in Chapter 3701-83 of the Ohio Administrative Code in rules 3701-83-33 through 3701-83-42. Birthing centers are limited to serving "low risk" expectant mothers, but may provide services during pregnancy, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period. A physician or a certified nurse midwife in collaboration may direct birthing center patient services with a physician.
You may obtain applications for licensure, Change of Ownership (CHOW), forms, and information through the links below:
Birthing centers owned and operated by a religious entity and that provide services exclusively to women who are members of that religious denomination, sect are exempted from licensure. For more information, please visit the Freestanding Birthing Centers - Exempt page.
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, Birthing Centers
246 North High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215