Locating a Birthing Center

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am really interested in using a birthing center when I have a baby. They seem so comfortable and relaxed. However, I have no idea where they are by me, how to find out and what questions I should ask. What qualifications should I look for? I know I'm rambling but I hope you can help. Thanks. I live in Red Bank, NJ

ANSWER

Check out the NACC: Welcome to Birth Centers Online! site. There do not appear to be any birth centers in NJ, but the National Association of Childbearing Centers lists most of the birth centers in the country, and ALL that are accredited. You can also check with your state Department of Health for centers that might be licensed in your state, but not nationally accredited.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.