Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth Center
North Shore Birth Center
on the campus of Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Nurse-Midwives of the North Shore Birth
Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
The North Shore Birth Center is our "home-like" Birth Center and
is one of the childbirth options offered by Beverly Hospital. It is
a midwifery practice, in collaboration with OB/GYN physicians,
situated on the campus of Beverly Hospital.
The North Shore Birth Center is tailored to women who are
low-risk and prefer a natural approach to pregnancy and
childbirth. The Birth Center's certified nurse-midwives
attend births at both the Birth Center and Beverly Hospital.
Giving birth at the North Shore Birth Center means no routine
procedures. Labor progresses naturally with holistic
approaches used for pain management. Services such as water
births are also offered. One of the attractions of birthing
at the North Shore Birth Center is the ownership of space.
The Birth Center actually becomes the family's home while the
mother labors. Family members have full access to the
kitchen, living room, outdoor garden and deck. The space is
quiet and peaceful. Families can bring and cook their own
Patients of the NSBC have options to choose from when deciding
their place of birth:
- A woman may give birth at the North Shore Birth Center and be
discharged home in four to twelve hours, after arrangements
for follow-up care have been made.
- A woman may give birth at the North Shore Birth Center then
transfer to Beverly Hospital for a 48-hour stay. This option
allows new mothers to take advantage of the hospital's inpatient
educational resources and postpartum care.
- A woman may give birth at Beverly Hospital with her CNM
attending the birth.
Nurse-Midwives of the North Shore Birth Center are dedicated to
maintaining and enhancing all aspects of a woman's health.
Services are available in both Beverly and Gloucester, and
- Yearly physical examinations
- Maternity care
- Contraceptive consultation
- Menopause consultation
The North Shore Birth Center (NSBC) became the first
freestanding birth center in the northeast when it opened in
1980. It is a nurse-midwifery practice, in
collaboration with OB/GYN physicians, situated on the Beverly
Hospital campus. The CNMs at the birth center provide GYN
care. The NSBCs Certified Nurse Midwives attend births at
both the Birth Center and Beverly Hospital. Waterbirths are
offered at the NSBC.