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!

Nineteen Years of Special Beginnings

The doors of Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center opened on May 10, 1997, with the pioneering efforts of a group of people led by Ann Sober, RN, who are dedicated to providing excellent birth choices for all women. Every year since that Mother’s Day weekend, we have hosted a birthday party to celebrate our community and the families we serve. This year, on Friday, May 6, 2016, we celebrated our 19th year. Festivities included face painting by Crystalooney’s Creative Arts, information tables for local pregnancy related services, snacks, excellent company and a birthday cake. The moon bounce, a favorite activity for the children of all ages, was not possible due to the rainy day, and for the first time in 19 years, there were families occupying the birthing suites during the party!

Thank you for 19 years of Special Beginnings! Now what shall we do next year for the big 20?

A message from Myra DeLuca

I have had the extreme privilege of being a part of Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center for the past 2 ½ years now. I have witnessed the strength of women and the power of birth, gaining an even stronger belief in the normalcy of pregnancy and birth.

When I came I had the knowledge of childbirth. Thanks to the midwives, nurses, and clients here, I have gained the wisdom of the art of being a midwife.

It is because of this that my decision to leave Special Beginnings is so difficult. Due to family circumstances I will be moving back to Pennsylvania to be closer to my grown children and grandson. I will be practicing as a midwife in DuBois, PA at Life’s Journey OB/GYN. My last day with Special Beginnings is May 26th.

I am thankful to have had the experience of working in such a wonderful birth center. I am absolutely sure that I have been changed as a midwife because of my interactions with each of you. Please know that I have will forever value the memories I have made here in Maryland. My hope is to be able to use my experience here as a tool for me to go forward and serve the women in rural Pennsylvania. It is with hope that I will open a birth center there in the future – which would not have been possible without these past 2 ½ years full of experiences.

Peace, Your Midwife, Myra

Myra DeLuca, CNM, MSN
Director of Midwifery
Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center

Special Beginning’s 19th Birthday Party

Birthday Party 2016_resizedPlease join us for our 19th Birthday Party on Friday, the 6th of May from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Enjoy Birthday cake, refreshments and visit with the midwives; so come join us.  Ashley Woodruff CNM has just joined our practice and we would love to have you meet her.
Face Painting by Crystalooneys and Moon Bounce for the children.