Midwife-run clinic celebrates 1,000th delivery

The News Times reported that the Connecticut Childbirth and Women's Center in Danbury recently celebrated the birth of the 1,000th baby to be delivered in their clinic.

The Center, which was founded in 1997 by obstetricians Kenneth Blau and Patricia Whitcombe, is marketed as offering an experience similar to that of a home birth. It is staffed primarily by clinical nurse-midwives but has four consulting physicians on hand. Danbury Hospital is located directly across the street from the maternity clinic, which provides a sense of security for many new mothers, according to the news source.

"It's almost for people who would rather have their babies at home but who want to have access to the safety provided by the hospital," said Cathy Parisi, the nurse administrator and midwife director at the Childbirth and Women's Center.

The Center specializes in natural births and offers delivery options such as a whirlpool bath tub, a birthing stool and a birthing ball. According to CNN, the number of women choosing to have similar births at home has increased nearly 95 percent in some groups. 

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