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

Special Beginnings Goes to Annapolis


Special Beginnings has been open for 19 years and identified a need to provide limited ultrasound services within the scope of the Certified Nurse Midwife to our clients. In the course of investigating this potential service, we realized that the law governing birth center operations specifically prohibited use of ultrasound.

So, we hired lobbyist Karen Fennel, RN, to approach legislators for support of a bill that would change this practice restriction. We found support in the Senate from Senator Reilly who introduced Senate Bill 600. In the House, Delegate Angela Angel sponsored House bill 1303. We gathered support from the community, the American College of Nurse Midwives and our consulting physicians at Annapolis OB/GYN and then testified during committee hearings.

Our bill passed in both the House and the Senate on the first vote! The bill was signed on May 10, 2016, at the State House in Annapolis. In the picture, you see Ann Sober, RN, Director of Special Beginnings, and Karen Fennel, RN and lobbyist, with our Governor and state leaders during the signing of the bill.

We continue our mission to provide our clients with choices in their care during pregnancy, birth and beyond. If that means taking on the state and local government, then we are up to the task!