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Birthing at Bay Area Midwifery - DMV Birth Doulas, LLC

Nikita Johnson, Student Midwife, Student Breastfeeding Educator, Certified Doula, Patient Care Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Birth Assistant, Certified Phlebotomist

Bay Area Midwifery is located at 2003 Medical Parkway

inside the Wayson Pavilion, Suite G50 in Annapolis, MD. Bay Area Midwifery, is a freestanding birth center located on Anne Arundel Medical Center's main hospital campus. They are a full-service midwifery practice offering well-woman care, family planning, preconception counseling, and prenatal care to low-risk pregnant women.

What providers support births at Bay Area Midwifery?

Certified Nurse-Midwives support births at Bay Area Midwifery. A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a licensed registered nurse with a master’s degree in Midwifery. All graduate from a Nurse-Midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

Is the Birth Center an option for me?

It depends. 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

Can I still receive care and support from a Midwife if I have to birth at Anne Arundel Medical Center?

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

The risk factor includes:

  • 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)

At what point would I have to receive care from an OBGYN Doctor?

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

  • Breech (bottom first) baby at the 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)

Can my doula accompany me during labor Bay Area Midwifery?

Yes. As of March 2021, Bay Area Midwifery is allowing doulas and support person's throughout labor and birth.

What doulas support births at Bay Area Midwifery?

DMV Birth Doulas is certified and experienced to support births at Bay Area Midwifery. We have a long history of working with some of the midwives and would like to be a part of your birth team. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with the Director of Client Care.

What happens after the birth of my baby?

After birth, you will recover in your room at the birth center for up to four hours and await your discharge approval as long as mom and baby are doing okay.

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