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Prenatal Care

View our Prenatal Care page with helpful information for you throughout the course of your pregnancy.

Mount Auburn Practice for Women at Fresh Pond

We are excited to announce in April 2019 the merging of two OB/GYN practices.  Mount Auburn Practice for Women and Fresh Pond Women's Health will now be Mount Auburn Practice for Women at Fresh Pond.  The new practice will be located at 725 Concord Ave, Suite 1200 in Cambridge.  Same providers, same staff, new location, and expanded access!  

Pregnancy & Birth

Your pregnancy isn’t like anyone else’s. That’s why you can count on the doctors, midwives and nurses at Mount Auburn Hospital to provide clinically excellent care that’s tailored to your values, beliefs and needs.

Discover why 2,700 Boston-area families choose to deliver at Mount Auburn Hospital each year.

Collaborative Pregnancy Care Providers

Choose a pregnancy and birth care provider that fits you:

  • Obstetrician – Specializes in caring for women during pregnancy, labor and birth; have advanced training to manage complications and perform cesarean births
  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) – Focuses on caring for and supporting women with low-risk pregnancies who desire low- or no-intervention births
  • Nurse practitioner (NP) – Provides prenatal care in collaboration with obstetricians and CNMs

No matter which type of provider you choose, you’ll have access to the expertise of the entire team. That’s because our providers work closely together; doctors and midwives share offices. So you experience seamless care from your first prenatal appointment to the moment you welcome your baby at Bain Birthing Center.

Education, Resources & Choices

Find support for the birth you want from providers who take time to help you explore and evaluate your options. Take advantage of:

Nitrous Oxide for Pain Relief in Labor

For more information about Nitrous Oxide as a choice during labor read our FAQs

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Low C-Section Rates

Sometimes a cesarean section (C-section) is the safest choice for moms and babies. But when you’re able to deliver vaginally, you benefit from less pain, a quicker recovery and a lower risk for infection. That’s why at Mount Auburn Hospital you’ll find doctors, nurses and midwives committed to letting your labor take its course and reducing the number of elective, non-medically necessary cesarean births.

You can trust our support for vaginal deliveries because:

  • Our 2015 C-section rate of 22.9% (15.99% for primary cesarean sections) is lower than average in Massachusetts.
  • In 2015, 42% of women at Mount Auburn who previously had a cesarean section attempted a vaginal birth (VBAC), compared with a national rate of just 10%. Of those, three out of four successfully delivered vaginally.

Your Prenatal Appointments: What to Expect

Throughout your pregnancy, visit your obstetrician, midwife or NP regularly to:

  • Discuss questions or concerns
  • Monitor your health
  • Measure your baby’s growth
  • Get other exams and tests as necessary, such as ultrasounds and genetic tests
  • Share expectations and preferences for labor and delivery

Group Prenatal Care

If you choose to join our group prenatal care program, you and seven to 11 other women due around the same time will meet once or twice a month with a certified nurse-midwife or obstetrician to share and learn from one another.

You’ll benefit from shared knowledge, peer support and a reduced risk of preterm labor. Ask your provider about group prenatal care.

High-Risk Pregnancies

If you have a chronic health condition or develop an unexpected complication during pregnancy, rest assured that you’ll have experts on your team to help you and your baby stay as healthy as possible. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, or perinatologists, have advanced training in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. They’ll collaborate with your regular obstetrician or midwife to provide care tailored to you.

Prenatal Neonatology Consultations

Turn to our neonatologists—pediatricians with advanced training in caring for premature or ill newborns—when you have questions or concerns about your baby’s development during your pregnancy. Get answers to your questions about the safety of medications during pregnancy or discuss conditions that have been diagnosed prenatally. Call 617-499-5595 to make an appointment for a prenatal consultation.

Virtual Tour of Bain Birthing Center

View our video tour to discover how the doctors, midwives and nurses at Bain Birthing Center facilitate a birth experience to meet your needs.

Virtual Tour of Bain Birthing Center

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