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sorry to not give info on CBC but just wanted to mention that i had a fantastic experience at NWH with the midwives from women's health associates.
i was afraid of the high transfer risk at CBC and didn't like the idea of cambridge hospital, wanted a homebirth but just couldn't do it due to financial issues and issues with my apartment, and i had a beautiful birth experience at NWH with those MWs. i could decline any test i wanted without worrying about risking out of a birth center, and it was super comfortable and i KNEW all the midwives well since there are only a few on the team unlike with CBC. so i wasn't worried about getting someone on-call who i didn't really know. and i knew that if anything went wrong, i wouldn't have to worry about being transferred - i'd be there in the same area with my MW there to support me. i ended up realizing that NWH was better for what i wanted, even though CBC is a birth center and NWH isn't!
of course, some women have AWESOME experiences at CBC, just wanted to mention mine at NWH since you said it's your 1st choice for a hospital. apologies for being OT and not really answering your question; i just wanted you to know that i had a super experience at NWH and was happy to not worry about risking out of my MW's care!
hoping you can get some good responses. a family member of mine used CBC for both births - for #1, she was dehydrated and sent to the hospital for IV fluids and ended up getting an epidural (she felt that if she had just been more hydrated and active, she could have done it naturally), but she was happy enough with CBC to go back for #2. and she had a very nice experience that time, birthed there, and was able to go home the same day.
mama to my spunky little girl, m, born 12/10/07 , and my sweet little guy, k, born 10/27/10