our history

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Its Origins

Geneva Woods Birth Center opened its doors in January 2002 after Midnight Sun Birth Center abruptly closed its doors in December 2001. Previous to this, Barbara and Karin Braun, CNM, had just changed Barbara's solo practice, established in 1995, to a group practice, and were attending births at Providence and at Midnight Sun Birth Center. Not wanting to leave Anchorage with only one other birth center, Barbara and Karin invested their energies into forming a new birth center option for Anchorage families, and were able to open with state licensure and national accreditation only months after Midnight Sun closed.

Birth of the Nest
Geneva Woods Birth Center was originally built inside the Geneva Woods Medical Center on Rhone Circle, but moved to a new location in 2014 to escape the medical office building environment. We moved to a beautifully remodeled house secluded in the woods at 2400 E 42nd Avenue and opened those doors on Summer Solstice 2014, celebrating our 1058th birth that same day.

Geneva Woods Midwifery now practices in the Geneva Woods Birth Center and is committed to remaining a small practice where the midwives can take the time to know each and every pregnant mother and her family. Our small practice model provides the personal and intimate care that women deserve throughout their life span.

Nationally Accredited
Geneva Woods Birth Center has been a nationally accredited birth center since we first opened our doors in 2002, and we continue to achieve the highest level of accreditation every time we are inspected. [What does this mean?] We strongly believe in the importance of quality control and maintaining a high standard of care. Our reputation for safety is unsurpassed in our community.

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