A group of midwifery advocates have banded together to open a new birthing center in Manhattan. This will fill the void of the closing of the Elizabeth Seton Center, which was part of St. Vincent's hospital, which I happen to have first-hand experince in saying is extremely birth and mom friendly.
If I had my pick of hospitals to labor and birth in NYC I personally would choose St. Vincent's for a hospital birth.
The new Birthing Center will be at 30th Street and 7th Avenue to open in 2010.
Apparently some high profile celebs are backing this new center, namely, Ricki Lake, Rosie O’Donnell and Gloria Steinhem.
The Seton Center, part of the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers system, closed in part due to the soaring cost of malpractice insurance for midwives. The new center will require practitioners to purchase their own insurance, with midwives and doctors operating as independent contractors billing insurers directly.
Ricki Lake, Rosie O’Donnell and Gloria Steinhem are helping to raise money for the center. Much of the fundraising is being done through screening of The Business of Being Born, a documentary featuring the home birth of Ms. Lake’s second son. If you have a chance to go and see this documentary please do as it will help create and sustain this incredible new center.