Special Beginnings offers the highest quality care and measure of safety,
while supporting your choices during pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting.

Our team of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) provide:

Comprehensive Prenatal Care  •  Childbirth Classes and Information  •  Labor and Birth/Delivery Choices — at the birth center (including waterbirth options), and at the hospital nearby — wherever you are most comfortable  •  Postnatal care after the birth and Breastfeeding Supportas well as general gynecological services, called Well Woman Exams

Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center 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.

Supporting Your Choices with Safe and Sensitive Care

SBBWC Highlights, News & Updates


Breastfeeding Suport Group

Come join our online breastfeeding support page. Special Beginnings has a private and closed breastfeeding support group run by our very own advanced practice lactation consultants. Not only great information from our lactation consultants, but also so many other mothers are on the page waiting to support you through any…

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…



It’s National Midwifery Week! Why do people choose a midwife? What are the benefits of midwifery care? There’s plenty of research to support the midwifery model of care for normal…


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Introducing A Few of Our New Arrivals!

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Ann Sober
RN BSN, Director

As a nurse, then administrator, Ann became a pioneer in the birth center movement.

Meet Ann

Joanne Hasman
CNM - Senior Midwife

Learn why Joanne knows in her heart that she was called to be a midwife.

Meet Joanne

Breda Pixley
RN - Director of Nursing

Breda loves working with pregnant and laboring women and greeting newborn babies.

Meet Breda

Meet the rest of our Special Beginnings midwives and team members…