I have mixed feelings about the North Shore Birth Center at Beverly Hospital. I have not delivered there, but have been there twice over the past 2 years for my well-woman care. (I received my prenatal care for my son at the Birth Place at Wellesley - you can read that tale in an earlier posting on this board - just click on my user name & then "find more posts by") I really liked the CNM I saw there last year, but wasn't crazy about the one I saw this year.
Keep in mind that these are MED-wives (vs. midwives) and they have some pretty stict protocals based on hospital/doctor policy. Among many other "protocals", if you have had a previous c-section, you can no longer VBAC at the North Shore Birth Center or Birth Place at Wellesley - you have to try for a VBAC at the hospital if you want to deliver with these folks (I'm not sure about Cambridge).
There is a birth center with 2 locations in New Hampshire called The Birth Cottage
. It may be too far for you, but I would highly recommend the owner/primary midwife there, Adrian (if applicable, you can VBAC at The Birth Cottage). We interviewed her as a possibility for our homebirth (we have decided on a homebirth for baby #2) but decided it was just too far to travel for prenatal visits.
In my opinion, one of the real downsides of being in a being in a larger birth center environment (such as Beverly, Wellesley or Cambridge - the NH one is much smaller) is that there are numerous midwives. So not only do you not
know who will be attending your birth - it would be who ever is on call when you go into labor, since you see 5 or 6 or more midwives over the course of your pregnancy, the midwives never have a chance to "know" your body, the positioning of your baby, detecting any changes from one visit to the next, etc. I think this leaves a lot more room for the possibility of intervention vs. seeing 1 or 2 midwives over the course of your pregnancy.
SAHM to a spectacular little boy, born 5/2003
AND SO excited to be