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 Waterbirth Baby Growing Up!

Today we bid farewell and best wishes to Eli Jacobs. Our clients may not know her face because she has been providing behind the scenes administrative support for Special Beginnings, but she is dear to all of us. If you have sought lactation support, you may know her grandmother, Flossie Rollhauser, IBCLC.

Eli was the first waterbirth baby at Special Beginnings on April 16, 1998! She was born in the jacuzzi tub in Birthing room #2. She became a birth center “office elf” in April of 2016. Eli received her Associate’s degree in Creative Writing from Anne Arundel Community College this past spring and heads to St. Mary’s College of Maryland next week. She plans to major in English with goals to pursue writing and publishing.

We wish Eli all the best in her endeavors and thank her for her hard work and reliably positive attitude!

Severna Park Voice Article

Thank you to the Severna Park Voice for this nice article in today’s paper!

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