Congrats! Actually a Harford County Birth Circle was just reborn - first meeting was this week. We're aiming to meet weekly. Search it on facebook.
The only free-standing-birth center in the greater Baltimore area is Special Beginnings down in Arnold (a trek from Bel Air.) I've heard there is one in PA in Quarreyville - but that's probably also quite a trek.
Personally I ruled out an FSBC when I learned they have NOTHING in terms of safety to make it a safer choice than HB (unless of course you'd be closer to a hospital in case of transfer, but being in Bel Air, you can't be that far from Upper Chesapeake.)
If you're considering HB, you have a few choices- Karen Webster - who I'm using - FANTASTIC -
& another CPM who doesn't like to be publicaly named, so PM me for her info. Evelyn Mulhan also would come to Bel Air (but a rather long drive for you to go down to her office in Catonsville for prenatal apts).
(She's the only one legal to practice in MD.) There's another lady, Anni Rodriguez, who moved here from CA last year - haven't heard much about her.
I had my son in 2008 at Upper Chesapeake with their CNMs. At the time, they only had 3 - 2 of whom I loved, the other, eh, yeah, not so much. Now they have 6!! I haven't met the other 3 & haven't heard much about them. Personally I don't like the idea of the gamble - Ha - I'm a bit too picky to be confident that I will like even 5 out of 6! And since you have to rotate around for all prenatals, and prenatal apts are scheduled for only 15 min, I can't imagine you can really get to know them all that well. Conversely, my prenatals with Karen are an hour every time! That's yet another plus to HB - knowing who will attend my birth.
I did have a good experience at UCMC though - good nurses too - although not so much with lactation consultants. If you need BFing support, I IMPLORE you to seek it elsewhere. I also didn't find their BFing class to be worth a moment of your time - it was so grossly inadequate.
At only 5 weeks along, feel free to take any old regular yoga class! No need for special prenatal classes yet. I teach fitness classes at the Y & they have yoga (although I'm not currently teaching it there.) For details, you could read, "Exercising Through your Pregnancy" by Dr. Clapp, but as long as you feel fine, you won't have to do any sort of modifications to your exercise routine until maybe 4.5-5 mos along when you might not feel comfortable laying flat on your tummy. After 5 mos, you want to avoid laying flat on your back for any extended period of time (particularly lying still), & in the 3rd trimester, you want to be more careful toa avoid over-stretching. Oh, watch out for over-heating particularly in 1st trimester, but probably not so much of a concern now in January anyway!