Do they also do a home visit after the birth like bryn mawr?
My only draw back is the distance - about 45 mins drive. But if I can have a birth center birth and a personal midwife relationship I think it would be worth it.
I'm jumping in late here, but I just wanted to spread some more Birth Center love. :
I'm due in 12 days (WOOHOO!) and I'm planning a water birth. I transferred there at 28 weeks from a privately practicing CNM in New Jersey, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Like others have said, you don't exactly get to choose who attends your birth, but I promise you'll love each and every one of the midwives (by the way, only 4 of the 5 actually do births. You may never meet the 5th because you don't really need to. She's mostly there for well-woman visits). I definitely have my favorites, but I would be comfortable with any of them for the big day.
They work with Christiana, and your care would be transferred there if needed, but in a true emergency, you'd go the half block to St. Francis.
I think I remember being told that their overall transfer rate is 10 or 11%, and that most of those cases weren't super scary emergencies, just things like a stubborn placenta that didn't want to follow the baby to the light.
None of the midwives perform circumcisions, and none of them are even particularly crazy about the idea of them to my knowledge, but they can arrange an appointment with their pedi for you if you really want.
I loved my prenatal appointments there. I did not give birth there... I ended up having an emergency csection a month early. I'd recommened them, although to be honest I haven't heard anything from them since my surgery. (its been 3 weeks) So I suppose if you birth there and all goes well it's ok. But in my experience, if you don't give birth there you kind of end up feeling kind of alone.
PM me if you have any questions :)
Another cheers for the Birth Center, even though I couldn't have my baby there! I went there for almost all my prenatal care and went into labor there with my son in April 2009. The midwives were wonderful, helpful, and did everything they could. Ultimately my son was badly positioned; I was in agony and not progressing, and 36 hours past water breaking. Katie Manzur, my midwife, went with me to Christiana (20 mins away) and stayed right by my side though my eventual C-section. Although it was not the outcome I hoped for, I was so happy that she was there to support me, and helped ressure me that this was necessary. I had a healthy boy. I wish I could have my second there, but unfortunately they can't do VBACs for insurance reasons. I know half a dozen moms that have had healthy babies there and I heartily recommend them -- both because it's a great place for a normal pregnancy, and because they won't hesitate to take you to a different facility if that's what you need!
(also: laboring at Christiana, with an epidural but where they wouldn't let me have any water to drink, had me all strapped up to monitors, etc, was more difficult in some ways than laboring drugfree at TBC! But maybe that's because I was kind of high-risk by the time I arrived at Christiana.)