It’s a quiet morning at the Magnolia Birth Center — there aren’t any clients today. And while quiet isn’t something the birth center always sees, comfort certainly is. The lobby, exam rooms and birth rooms are all furnished with squishy chairs, soft couches and (in the case of the birthing rooms) queen-sized beds with plush comforters.
Pennsylvania native Hannah Kaplan ’20 is learning a lot this summer about what it takes to run a place of midwifery and women’s health. “My mom is an OBGYN nurse practitioner,” Hannah says, “so I have always been interested in women’s health and midwifery.”
She’s even helped with a birth. “I got to be in the room as one of our clients delivered her baby. It really was magical. The most memorable part of it, for me, was experiencing the sheer amount of support in the room. She was surrounded by all of these women. I thought, this has to have a huge, positive impact on the emotional and psychological experience of childbirth.”
Magnolia Birth Center is owned and operated by two nurse-midwives, Tanya Bailey and Daniela Paul. The birth center is, according to their website, “for women without any risk factors in their pregnancy.” The center provides prenatal care and labor and delivery support as well as birth-preparation, infant-care, and fitness classes for expectant mothers. It also offers a host of well-woman care including annual exams, preconception counseling, contraception, STD screening, and minor health problems.