There are no birth centers in the Atlanta area. In fact, the only birth center in all of Georgia is in Rincon, which is an hour outside of Savannah.<br>
There is a birth center in Greenville, SC, and a couple of birth centers in Tennessee. If you are really looking for a birth center, it might be worth considering the drive to one of these. Greenville isn't that far.<br>
There is always the homebirth option. There are several homebirth midwives in this area.<br>
The most natural birth friendly hospital in the Atlanta area is North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, with the midwives at Northpointe OB/GYN <a href="http://www.npobgyn.com" target="_blank">www.npobgyn.com</a> they have a waterbirth option there.<br>
It is, however, still a hospital, with hospital policies, and their backup obs are very traditional. I wouldn't call it "birth center-like" but as far as hospitals go it is OK.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm kind of nervous about having a homebirth. Buy i don't want to go to a hospital. Can I have a homebirth if i live in an Apartment?</div>
I live in an apartment in Acworth and I just had a homebirth. We had no problems.
Jumping in to say Congrats Michele! (We met at the GBN meetings, in case you don't remember me) So glad you had the homebirth that you wanted! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
To the OP, <a href="http://www.gabirthnetwork.com" target="_blank">www.gabirthnetwork.com</a> is a great resource for finding birth professionals and learning about birth options in GA. They host monthly meetings for expecting moms and you can learn a lot about different practices, homebirth, etc.
I wanted to say that I have had two babies at N. Fulton with Margaret Strickhouser and IME it can be "birth center like" if you make it that way. I had a totally natural birth, labored in the water, no interventions except intermittment monitoring, no "normal" newborn procedures, etc.<br><br>
I don't think I would ever be comfortable with a home birth so N. Fulton was a great choice for us. BTW I have also had babies at Kennestone and Northside. There is no comparison as far as "birth center likeness."
I wanted to chime in for N. Fulton and the midwives at Northpointe. I just had a natural vbac there with Ann (Margaret was out of town!) and it was awesome! The hospital is ok, as far as hospitals go, but I had exactly the birth experience I wanted. My labor nurse Laura was incredible and my doula, Theresa from Labor of Love, was an integral part to me having such a great experience.