Birth centres are an appropriate setting for normal, uncomplicated births. If complications arise in your pregnancy or during your labour, your midwife will recommend that you give birth in hospital.
Space is limited and it may be full when you are in active labour. Clients are admitted only when they are in active labour on a first-come, first-served basis.
For that reason, you and your midwife will make a back-up plan in advance in case the birth centre is full. It will be important to discuss this with your midwife and plan for home or hospital birth as a backup.