MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A nonprofit clinic in Memphis plans to use a vacant medical building to house the city’s first freestanding birthing center and a reproductive health center.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal ( ) reports that Choices – Memphis Center for Reproductive Health purchased the building in April to offer birthing center services, abortion services, gynecology, mental health services and sexual and reproductive health care.

Choices executive director Rebecca Terrell said the clinic will be the first nonprofit in the nation to offer such services under one roof.

The new center also hopes to meet a need for Midtown Memphis, which has lost gynecology care to the suburbs over the past few decades. It will also give pregnant women more options to give birth.

Pregnant women in Memphis currently have two choices when it comes to deciding where to give birth: in a hospital or at home under care of a midwife.

Dr. Susan Lacy, the center’s new director of obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology, said the birthing center will offer a more home-like birth experience but in a facility better equipped than a residence.

The clinic will launch a campaign to raise $3 million to renovate the 8,000-square-foot building and add 4,200 square feet to the front and 2,900 square feet to the back. It will also go before the Board of Adjustment on Oct. 26 to obtain zoning variances.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,