Friday, July 30, 2010

Drum Roll, Please!

And now, for the first time since the closing of the Bethany Birth Center.....

Dum dum da da dum.......

Phoenix's New BabyMoon Birth Center is open for business!!!

So incredibly exciting!

Here is the press release from this week's opening:

Babymoon Inn
a birthing sanctuary
tended by midwives

215 E. Lexington
Phoenix, AZ 85012


Julia Hall
Executive Director

Phoenix’s Only Freestanding Birth Center Opens Its Doors

Expectant women now have another option for birth as the only birth center in Phoenix opens.

(Phoenix, Arizona) July 30, 2010 – Certified Professional Midwife Shell Walker and her business partner Julia Hall have opened Babymoon Inn birth center in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

The Babymoon Inn birth center is a freestanding pregnancy and birth center based on the midwifery model of care. This premiere facility, a cottage-style home situated on a quiet lane, offers a serene and private setting for labor and birth. The birth center allows healthy women with low-risk pregnancies the opportunity to personalize their birth experience in a home-like setting with fewer medical interventions and more family participation.

The vision for Babymoon Inn was born out of Steven and Julia Hall's prior experiences with their sons' births. "After the experience of a hospital birth with all of its interventions and limitations, through the gentle education of our doula, we experienced a life-changing birth center birth in Dallas with our second son. I labored in the garden, transitioned in the tub, and caught my son in my own hands on a beautiful antique four-poster bed. We were shocked to discover that Phoenix, despite an active natural birth community, did not have an out-of-hospital birth center option. We met Shell and quickly discovered our calling. We hope to be a blessing and an asset to the community” Hall says.

The entire property will become the client’s space during labor and birth. The lovely property features a private birthing room along with a common kitchen and spacious family room with a fireplace. The family-friendly home includes a full-sized bed, two bathrooms, and comfortable furniture, giving expectant moms a choice as to where to labor and deliver. Babymoon Inn's cozy courtyard allows for a private, relaxing outdoor space and provides a space for children to play.

“This is the first LM (licensed-midwife), midwife operated, freestanding birth center to ever be licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services - based entirely, within the bounds of licensure, upon the model of care established by home birth midwives. I feel complete. This has been one of the largest projects in my life and while I look forward to greeting all of the sweet little babies that I hope to meet at Babymoon Inn, my greatest joy is in establishing what I hope to be an asset and pathway for independent midwives and the women that they serve” explains midwife Shell Walker.

Babymoon Inn is centrally located within two minutes of St. Joseph’s Medical Center and various hospitals including Good Samaritan, Phoenix Baptist, and Phoenix Children's. The center has emergency medical equipment and well-rehearsed hospital transportation procedures in place if necessary. For further convenience, Babymoon Inn will accept insurance plans immediately.
The general public is invited to tour the facility by appointment at any time.

For further information, contact Julia Hall at 480-270-9819


Congratulations, BabyMoon Inn owners and staff! What a wonderful resource for valley mamas!

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