- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The first freestanding birthing center in Illinois outside the Chicago area is slated to soon open in Bloomington.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (bit.ly/1Nnxwwe ) reports that the Bloomington-Normal Birthing Center is due to open this summer in a renovated child care center.

The site is owned by two local obstetricians and intended for women with low-risk pregnancies who want to give birth in a more home-like setting.

A certified nurse-midwife and registered nurse provide primary care, with a nearby hospital available should complications arise.

The state’s other stand-alone birthing center opened in Berwyn in 2014.

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