An intown birth haven with a low 12% primary c-section rate (according to CDC, US rate is 32.2%) and a 13% induction rate.
Intown Midwifery was founded in August 2009 by Margaret Strickhouser, one of the longest-practicing midwives in Georgia, when she recognized the need for a midwifery-led practice within the city of Atlanta. As the first practice intown to offer waterbirth, Intown Midwifery bloomed into today's boutique service, offering waterbirth, VBAC and twin delivery, for families living in the heart of Atlanta.
There are four Certified Nurse Midwives at Intown Midwifery providing antepartum and childbirth care - Margaret Strickhouser, Janet Fedullo, Lorie Bounds, and Michelle Arp - all of whom firmly believe in a person’s right to choose what is best for them during childbirth. The midwives attend natural, medicated, and water birth deliveries. If a surgical or assisted birth becomes necessary, their primary physician, Dr. Cherise James is immediately available to provide a family-centered c-section. Since joining their team in August 2014, Dr. James provides a full spectrum of GYN services from Colposcopy, LEEP, follow-up care after pregnancy loss, to elective surgical procedures such as tubal ligation. All babies are born at Atlanta Medical Center.
Want to learn if the midwifery model of care is the right fit for you? Attend an upcoming meet and greet on the first Wednesday of the month. Our doula team will be there to show you around and make introductions to the midwives. Between 7pm and 9pm, the midwives will share details about their practice as well as provide a tour of the birthing facility - the view is spectacular!
Event registration or RSVP is NOT required, just show up. Be sure to look for The Happiest Doulas as we have a gift for your early pregnancy. Parking and details here.
Late Patient Transfers:
Intown Midwifery continues its tradition of welcoming women in late term pregnancy to have the birth of their dreams. As advocates for women's rights and birth options, they have trained many OB/GYN physicians in the art of birth and worked tirelessly instilling trust in women's instincts and respect for the process of birth into the medical model. Please call their office at 404-622-9810 with any questions about becoming a new patient - Kristie will be standing by to speak with you. If she is on the line with another mommy, she will call you back as soon as possible if you leave her a message. Please be sure to include your estimated due date!
Click the image to watch our LIVE replay of May's Talk & Tour with Intown Midwifery:
First 33 minutes: Hear Intown Midwifery talk about waterbirth, epidural, and c-sections at Atlanta Medical Center - the hospital with lowest c/s rate Intown! Starting at MINUTE 34, The Happiest Doulas share comfort measures for labor, tips for ending colic and soothing fussy babies, improving posture for birth, and how to get integrate holistic pediatric and postpartum care.
Why we love Intown Midwifery
The midwives of Intown Midwifery provide whole-woman care, prioritizing evidence-based medicine and patient centered care, encouraging patient education and supporting informed decision making while fostering the healthiest birth possible. They are well-versed in homeopathic and natural remedies, and place high value on nutrition and mental health. Working collaboratively with physicians, health professionals and other childbirth care providers in the Atlanta community to deliver the safest, most effective care possible, we are proud to be a local recommended resource for birth education and labor support.
We hold Birth Boot Camp, a natural childbirth class series, at the offices of Intown Midwifery at Atlanta Medical Center. During 10 weekly meetings, our students learn about nutrition, self-care, breastfeeding, and local options for mother-friendly, evidence-based pregnancy and postpartum medical care.