Thank you!

Special Beginnings clients and staff members are as so devoted to the birth center that they brought their families out to celebrate our 20th Birthday, despite the rain on Saturday, May 13! So many smiles were shining through the dreary weather… We LOVE our families! A few pictures from our party are included below, and we will be sharing additional stories as our milestone year continues. Thank you for celebrating with us!

Meet Leah, a Lactation Consultant at SBBWC

I became interested in becoming a lactation consultant after the birth of my first child 14 years ago. Our breastfeeding journey was a difficult one. My son had difficulties latching after my long labor and birth and a deep suctioning. We did not have the best of starts nor did we have the support we needed like you find at our wonderful birth center. After he lost a lot of weight, and I needed to start supplementing breastfeedings, my husband and I hired a lactation consultant to come to our home. She was wonderful. She was patient and kind. She didn’t speak down to me. She sat with me as I cried. I will never forget her kindness. Nor will I forget that she saved our breastfeeding relationship.

As the birth of our second son rapidly approached I found out that there was a breastfeeding week long education course that I could take. That was the start of my journey, 11 years ago, toward becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I wanted to help other mothers. I saw the gap in help for breastfeeding. I saw the lack of good knowledge by most care providers. I saw the tears and felt the desire to help fix the issue and dry the tears.

Not only was I determined to help in the community, I ultimately went to nursing school to become a lactation consultant in the hospital. I was so smitten with nursing care that I spent a year working in adult critical care. I learned so much! All of my knowledge working in critical care in Florida as well as neonatal critical care lactation work in Texas has given me an amazing knowledge base to draw on for our patients here at Special Beginnings. I am so blessed to be here to provide lactation help for our patients as well as any other breastfeeding mothers that come to us for help.

Please feel free to call or text me with any questions, concerns, or desires to schedule a lactation appointment at 813-420-8382

Leah Mason-Virgin, IBCLC

Please Join Us – Saturday, May 13, at Kinder Farm Park!

We sincerely hope that you will come celebrate with us the 20th Birthday of Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center!! All are welcome, bring your friends! Here is a link to this event on Facebook – please share!

This event is rain or shine, however, our party is held under the large (dry!) pavilions at the park!! Also, when you enter the park, tell the guard that you are attending the Special Beginnings Birthday Party, you do not need to pay an admissions fee to attend this party. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Here are two of our midwives, Ashley and Melissa F, speaking with Kim Knight of ABC2 News on Maryland Spotlight recently, and sharing with the world an invitation to our Birthday Party!

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?

Special Beginnings Goes to Annapolis

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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!

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

We Have Power

The power is back on!!  Yeah!  We will be back in the office again tomorrow, Wednesday, Ocotber 31, 2012.  We will be seeing people from 9:00am until 7:30PM.  Please call so we can get you in.  We will be doing short visits so everyone that needs to be seen can get in.  Unfortunately you may have to wait but we will see you.

Hurricane Sandy Update

If you think you are in labor please contact the midwife and they will let you know if you will be able to labor at the center or if you will need to meet them at the  hospital.  Please remember that safety is the most important thing and call 911 if you are concerned about driving during the storm.

Special Beginnings offices will be closed on Monday October 29th.  Stay safe and watch this page and our facebook for further updates.

Hurricane Sandy Watch

We are preparing for the storm that may impact our area onMonday into Tuesday. If you are in labor during the storm please be sure to contact the mdwife as early as possible.  If you cannot reach us on our number call the alternate number for the answering service 410-787-4300.  If you cannot reach the midwife call an ambulance and go to the nearest hospital. Safety is the most important factor.

If we do not have electricity we will have to close the center to births and deliver everyone at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Stay safe and let’s hope no one is in labor during the storm!!

We will continue to puiblish updates on this page and on our facebook page.

Boutique Product Changes

Medela Comfort BraMedela is discontinuing sales of it’s “Comfort” bra line as of Dec. 31, 2011.  If this is your favorite nursing bra  “come n’ get ’em” while they last!  Medela has recently purchased Bravado Designs, and suggests that you try the Bravado Body Silk or Original bras instead of Comfort (both are available at the Breastfeeding Boutique at Special Beginnings).