03/20/2012 09:34 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Ontario setting up 2 birthing centres to give expectant mothers more choice

TORONTO - Ontario is creating two birthing centres in the province.

Officials say the locations haven't been determined.

Premier Dalton McGuinty says it will give expectant mothers more choice in where they have their babies.

He says it's also part of a plan to move routine procedures out of hospitals and into the community.

Facing a $16-billion deficit, the governing Liberals are examining ways to curb growth in health-care spending, which accounts for nearly half of every dollar the government spends.

McGuinty made the announcement from Toronto's Ryerson University, where he met with mothers and their young children.