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Birthing Centers

Thank you for visiting the Birthing Centers program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Birthing Centers has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.

The Texas Birthing Center Licensing Act was first enacted in 1985 by the 69th Legislature. A birthing center is an alternative means for a pregnant woman to deliver in a setting other than at home or in a hospital.

The Department develops rules that establish minimum standards for Birthing Center licensing procedures; for granting, denying, suspending, and revoking a license; for licensing fees; for operation; and for clinical standards. Birthing Centers are not Medicare certified.

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The staff of the Facility Licensing Group is responsible for licensing Birthing Centers. To become licensed please see the birthing center licensing page.

Contact information for the zone offices is available by finding your zone and then locating the contact info for zone offices. The list also contains phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses.

Contact Information

Phone: (512) 834-6646
Fax: (512) 834-4514

Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.

Last updated March 13, 2018