No Evidence To Support Routine Episiotomy

A recent report says hospitals are performing too many episiotomies — some with rates as high as 20-40% of births. Episiotomy is a surgical incision made to enlarge the vaginal opening during childbirth. This incision often heals more slowly than natural tearing and...

Lower Infant/Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities

Best Start Mom and Baby (Born June 2019)       Lower Infant/Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities Senator Kamala Harris reintroduces a bill to address black maternal mortality. To assist further in improving outcomes surrounding OB care, the...

Prenatal Equity: Birth Centers Have Parity

  Prenatal Equity: Birth Centers Have Parity Black Maternal Health week is observed in order to call attention to the serious problem of poor maternal and infant outcomes for black mothers and infants in the United States.  While US mothers and infants as a whole...

Best Start Birth Center Outcome Data

Best Start Birth Center Outcome Data Best Start Birth Center is a great example of a functioning free standing birth center. The birth center is situated outside of a hospital and care in the birth center is provided by Certified Nurse-midwives/Licensed Midwives....

Will My Insurance Cover a Birth Center Birth?

Best Start accepts patients who are covered by: Private Insurance (In network with PPO plans) MediCal Kaiser Medi-Cal CHAMPUS Tricare/Prime and Select (Tricare Covers Birth Center care) MCAP Best Start has very reasonable Cash Programs for those who do not have...

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019 and welcome to new staff, students, and our first Best Start New Year’s Baby 2019! January has brought a lot of new amazing energy to the birth center. We hired a new medical assistant named Daisy who comes to us with many years of...