Is a Birth Center Right for You?

We want you to have a safe and supported childbirth experience. To give birth at Bay Area Midwifery you should:

  • Be pregnant with one baby, who is head down
  • Have normal blood pressure 
  • Be between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
  • Have a desire for an unmedicated birth

Some risk factors make you ineligible for a Birth Center delivery. We ask patients with these risk facts to schedule an appointment with a midwife in order to determine whether or not you can give birth at Bay Area Midwifery. In most instances, our midwives can care for patients throughout pregnancy and in the hospital setting at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC).

  • Had one prior C-section
  • Had gestational diabetes requiring medications
  • Have genital herpes with an active lesion
  • Have well-controlled chronic physical and mental health conditions
  • Had a previous premature birth
  • Had previous pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Had previous postpartum hemorrhage
  • Had previous birth with forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Have a bleeding or clotting disorder
  • Had preeclampsia 
  • Had shoulder dystocia (baby’s shoulder(s) got stuck inside the mother’s body)

We recommend a safe childbirth at AAMC under the care of a physician for women who experience the following conditions:

  • Breech (bottom first) baby at time of labor
  • History of two prior C-sections (you may still have midwifery care in the hospital if you have had only one prior C-section)
  • Pregnant with twins
  • Pre-existing diabetes
  • Heavy cigarette smoking
  • Current heavy alcohol or drug use
  • Chronic high blood pressure
  • Severe heart disease
  • Epilepsy/seizure disorder
  • Myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes muscles to tire and weaken easily)