Women living in the Eastern part of Hungary might face challenges if they wish to give birth out of a hospital. Liliom Birth Center and its midwifery group practice would provide a safe alternative, accessible maternal health services and a supporting community as well. According to solid international evidence the Midwives’ Model of Care is the most efficient form of quality maternity care, therefore it is essential that all women living in Hungary have equal access to such services. Liliom Birth Center Nonprofit Ltd has been established in June 2021 as a social enterprise, and will expand its activities in three steps, until reaching its full scope of practice in the Autumn of 2024, to serve the women and families of the region in a sustainable and equitable way.
A birth center is much more than a simple place. A birth center is the location of the Midwives’ Model of Care, where women are served during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, based on the principles of holistic midwifery. It is a setting where comprehensive care is provided including childbirth education, breastfeeding support, a place for giving birth and also for postpartum care.
Liliom Birth Center will consist of three parts:
- Liliom Community Space (events and education)
- Liliom Birthing Home (prenatal care and childbirth)
- Liliom Guest House (accommodation before and after childbirth)
Birth centers and midwifery care have been well-established and high-standard birth options for
decades in the US, in Western Europe and in other parts of the world. Though there are different
models for the financial and operational framework in different countries, the remarkable health
outcomes of the birth centers are consistent across the globe. Morbidity and mortality rates are just
as good as those of hospitals and maternity units managed by ob-gyns, while the intervention rates are
lower, maternal satisfaction is higher in birth centers. At the same time, they are cost-effective and
decrease the government’s health budget. In Hungary there are midwifery practices in Budapest, the
capital and in the Western part of the country, serving primarily the women of those regions. Demand
for midwifery services is expanding, but their capacity is limited, so women living in the Eastern region
of Hungary have significantly lower chances of having access to midwifery services. Currently there is
no birth center operating in Hungary, and the kind of center offering such a wide range of services has
actually never existed here.
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