Striving to enable women to give birth naturally in a safe, balanced setting with technological advancements and compassionate treatment, Brooklyn Birthing Center offers pre- and postnatal care and delivery to women with low-risk pregnancies in a sensitive, family-centered environment. The midwives and support staff at the freestanding facility in Brooklyn, New York, provide high-quality maternal and newborn care. Viewing pregnancy and childbirth as normal and healthy processes, Brooklyn Birthing Center professionals transfer women in labor to an acute hospital facility nearby when necessary. A typical reason for transfer is the occurrence of a failure to progress, which requires medication in a hospital but can easily result in a vaginal delivery with the help of a midwife.A midwife remains on call 24 hours a day at Brooklyn Birthing Center, and women can bring as many or as few family members and friends to the delivery as they wish. Women in labor also can eat and drink, with only those requiring antibiotics or unable to keep fluids down receiving intravenous applications. The prenatal care includes education, diagnostic testing and laboratory work, and consultation with specialists. In some cases, the center’s midwives work in tandem with obstetricians. In addition to handling pregnancy cases, the midwives provide routine gynecological care, including family planning, annual breast exams, and Pap smears.Throughout the year, Brooklyn Birthing Center holds a number of events, including a Community Craft Mom Night and a Breastfeeding 101 class. In March 2011, Ina May Gaskin, a founding member of the Midwives Alliance of North America, signed copies of her book, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. In October, the center participates in Miles for Midwives, which includes the Birth & Wellness Fair and a 5K Fun Run. The Brooklyn Birthing Center accepts most insurance plans and often can negotiate successfully with other plans. The facility’s professionals also assist women in obtaining eligibility for New York’s Prenatal Care Access Program. For more information on the center and its philosophy or on natural childbirth, visit www.brooklynbirthingcenter.com.