Birthing/childbirth centers provide care before, during and after delivery to low-risk mothers-to-be. The centers are designed and equipped to provide care for the mother and newborn in a home-like setting. They include accommodations and staff to support the birthing process. Birthing/childbirth centers are owned and operated by licensed midwives and certified nurse midwives. Find more midwifery information on our midwife webpage.
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- NEW - Notice of Emergency Rule filing. The Department of Health (department) adopted an emergency rule (PDF) clarifying that all health care facilities licensed by the department must comply with state and federal statutes, administrative rules, lawful orders, and other legal requirements relating to the operation of the facility and the control or prevention of the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including orders issued by the Governor, by the Secretary of Health, by a local board of health, and by a local health officer. The new rule applies to all health care facilities licensed by the department, which includes: Acute Care Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Behavioral Health Agencies, Birthing Centers, In-Home Services Agencies, Medical Test Sites, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Residential Treatment Facilities.
- Vaccination is still the best protection against flu - Flu is serious and affects many people in Washington each year, so healthcare providers should keep emphasizing the importance of flu vaccine. Find more flu information for healthcare professionals on our flu webpages.