Supporting Your Choices with Safe and Sensitive Care

At Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center, we know that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy events in your life. Our team of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) provide:

Special Beginnings is a licensed and CABC accredited, free-standing birth center in Arnold, Maryland, of Anne Arundel County — an easy drive from Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC.

We are proud to offer you the highest quality care and measure of safety, while supporting your choices during pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting.

Discover the place for Special Beginnings in your own life. Whether you are already pregnant or just considering starting a family, we invite you to register now for The Motherhood Experience, our free orientation and tour of the birth center.

Current News from Special Beginnings Birth & Womens Center

Severna Park Voice Article

Thank you to the Severna Park Voice for this nice article in today’s paper! http://www.severnaparkvoice.com/business/special-beginnings-has-offered-alternative-childbirth-options-20-years

A little more than 20 years ago, Nurse Ann Sober met a midwife and realized that she wasn’t alone in her philosophy on childbirth. Continue reading…

Special Beginnings Receives Best Practice Designation

Special Beginnings is very proud to have received from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) the designation of a “Triple Aim” Best Practice for the year 2016. This means that we achieved nationally established benchmarks for physiologic birth including high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth rates and low primary cesarean rates.

ACNM gathers data every year to monitor, maintain and improve the quality of midwifery care in this Benchmarking project that aims to provide quality assurance by midwives and for midwives. The data analysis provides evidence of the improved outcomes that midwifery care produces and emphasizes how important it is that all families have access to midwives!

For more information, see the ACNM website at http://www.midwife.org/Benchmarking.

Kieran

Kendall and Zack welcomed Kieran into this world September 28, 2017 at 2:26 A.M., weighing 8 lbs. and 11 oz.

“I am so grateful to my entire Special Beginnings Family for all of their support during my pregnancy and delivery. Our baby was born into a world filled with so much love.”

Movie Night – Oct 4th!

It's Midwifery Week next week! Join us for Movie night as we feature the Business of Being Born, a ground breaking 2008 documentary about birth in and out of hospitals. RSVP so we know how much popcorn to pop!

Posted by Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spotlight on: Heather Karp, RN

If you have been in labor during the night, you may have been fortunate to have the nursing care of Heather Karp, RN. She loves to take call as birth assistant overnight for the peace and quiet of night time births. It is ideal for her life, as she spends her days with her almost three year old daughter.

Heather gave birth to Livy at AAMC in October 2014 with Joanne as her midwife. She had a long labor and remembers every midwife spending time with her one on one and feeling truly supported.

Some of Heather’s favorite experiences are with women who had prior hospital experiences and are transformed by their birth center births. She wants more women and families to know how wonderful, peaceful and supported birth can be!