Pregnancy & Birth

Also known as Maternity & Obstetrics

Compassionate, community-based care for growing families

Our Pregnancy and Birth Services

At Mount Auburn Hospital, we do everything we can to provide a warm, comfortable, family-centered environment for the birth of your baby. This is a memorable time in your life, and we are dedicated to making it a positive experience.

Parents choose Mount Auburn Hospital because we make them feel like family. Our providers strive to deliver world-class care with a personalized touch — all in a convenient setting close to home.

The Department of OBGYN recognizes our responsibility and affirms our commitment to fighting racism and discrimination. We are also dedicated to creating and supporting a culture of equity, inclusion, and respect for all patients, families, healthcare providers, staff and learners. Please read our Statement of Commitment to Respectful and Equitable Care.

Our Pregnancy & Birth Experts

Our team includes obstetricians and midwives to support you from pregnancy to labor and delivery.

Award-Winning Maternity Care

We are proud to have received multiple awards and distinctions, including being named one of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals by US News & World Report. We are the recipients of a Leapfrog A-level designation for clinical excellence and have also achieved the Blue Cross Maternity Distinction Plus Designation, demonstrating our commitment to high-quality prenatal care and childbirth experiences.

We deliver over 2,300 babies in our community each year. And we’re proud to have a lower-than-average Cesarean section (C-section) rate. If you are interested in pursuing a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC), our providers can help you work towards that option.

Specialty Care

Along with obstetricians, we are proud to include midwives on our care team at Mount Auburn Hospital. We offer the largest midwifery practice in eastern Massachusetts. Our midwives work hand-in-hand with our obstetricians and the rest of our pregnancy and delivery care team.

With the help of our midwives, we can provide you with the full range of options for your pregnancy and birth experiences, from low-intervention births to care for complex, high-risk pregnancies.

Special Care Nursery at Mount Auburn

When your baby needs special care, trust the skilled physicians and nurses at the Level IIB (special care) nursery at Mount Auburn Hospital. You can rely on experienced staff with advanced training in caring for premature or ill newborns. Our newly renovated Level IIB nursery allows a parent to stay overnight with their neonate in a private room.

If you or your baby require a higher level of care than our Level IIB nursery can provide, our providers partner with specialists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. We are here to provide you with seamless access to the care you need.

Prenatal Care

Get more details on what you expect during your pregnancy appointments at Mount Auburn Hospital.
Collaborative Pregnancy Care Providers

At Mount Auburn Hospital, you can choose a pregnancy and birth care provider that fits you. Your team might include the following:

  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM): Certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are experts in supporting pregnant people through the pregnancy and birth process.
  • Nurse practitioner (NP): Provides prenatal care in collaboration with obstetricians and CNMs.
  • Obstetrician: Specializes in caring for patients during pregnancy, labor and birth. Obstetricians have advanced training to manage complications and perform cesarean births.

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

Your Prenatal Appointments: What To Expect

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

  • Discuss your questions or concerns.
  • Get other exams and tests as necessary, such as ultrasounds and genetic tests.
  • Manage health conditions, such as preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) or gestational diabetes.
  • Measure your baby’s growth.
  • Monitor your health.
  • Share your expectations and preferences for labor and delivery.
Parent Education Programs & Classes

To help you prepare for your new baby, Mount Auburn Hospital offers a series of childbirth education programs. Our own certified childbirth educators and registered nurses teach these courses.

We offer a full range of education programs for your whole family with both in-person and virtual options, including the following:

  • Breastfeeding classes
  • Childbirth classes
  • Childcare classes
  • Postpartum classes with a focus on fourth trimester care
  • Prenatal classes

Learn more about our parent and family education classes and programs.

Group Prenatal Care

Mount Auburn Hospital provides group prenatal care as an option for receiving care during your pregnancy. In our group prenatal care program, you would be matched with a small group of people with similar due dates. Your group meets with a certified nurse-midwife or obstetrician to share and learn from one another.

Participants benefit from shared knowledge, peer support and a reduced risk of preterm labor. Talk to your provider to see if group prenatal care is right for you.

High-Risk Pregnancies

If you have a chronic health condition or develop an unexpected complication during pregnancy, you may need additional pregnancy care. The perinatology experts on our team are here to help you and your baby stay as healthy as possible.

Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists (perinatologists) have advanced training in caring for those with high-risk pregnancies, including but not limited to:

  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Multiple gestations (twins)
  • Placenta previa
  • Preterm labor
  • Preterm rupture of membranes
  • Vasa previa
  • Velamentous cord insertions

These specialists collaborate with your regular obstetrician or midwife to provide care tailored to you.

Prenatal Neonatology Consultations

Neonatologists are pediatricians with advanced training in caring for premature or ill newborns. If you have questions or concerns about your baby’s development during your pregnancy, you can meet with a neonatologist. These specialists can also provide answers to your questions about the safety of medications during pregnancy or discuss conditions that have been diagnosed prenatally.

What To Expect with Your Prenatal Visits

Additional information about a variety of specific topics is listed below that you will need during the course of your pregnancy. If you have questions specific to your care or pregnancy, please discuss them with us at your prenatal visits.

OB/GYN Locations

Contact us at one of the following OB/GYN offices:

Charles River Community Health Center - Brighton Address Icon 495 Western Avenue
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone Icon 617-783-0500
Charles River Community Health Center - MIT Medical Address Icon 25 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone Icon 617-253-1315
Charles River Community Health Center - Waltham Address Icon 564 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone Icon 781-693-3800
Mount Auburn Obstetrics & Gynecology Practice at Watertown Address Icon 480 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Mount Auburn Practice for Women at Fresh Pond Address Icon 725 Concord Avenue
Suite 1200
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Icon 617-503-1000
OB/GYN at Harvard University Health Services Address Icon 75 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Icon 617-495-2333

Services We Offer

Our experienced team provides the full range of services during your pregnancy, during delivery and after the birth of your baby, including the following:
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • High-risk pregnancy care
  • Hydrotherapy and water birth
  • Intervention options during childbirth
  • Midwife care
  • Opportunity to meet doctors and midwives
  • Parent education classes and programs

Services & Specialties

Your Mount Auburn Hospital pregnancy and birth team coordinates care with other specialty providers throughout our hospital to ensure all your care needs are met.