Barbara Bechtel, CNM, MS
Barbara has been performing out-of-hospital births for over 16 years, and caring for prenatal, laboring and postnatal women for over three decades. In 2011, she moved from Indiana, where she owned and operated two freestanding birth centers, to Brooklyn to be with her family. After almost a year as Interim Director at Brooklyn Birthing Center, she is now helping women who choose out-of-hospital birth have this joyful experience in their homes. She has been helping families create the experience they want in a homebirth in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
Barbara is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, and has worked in the past as an RN and Nurse Manager in labor and delivery, a nursing instructor for RN students and nurse practitioners, a preceptor for midwifery students, as well as a prenatal instructor for parents-to-be. She has an extensive primary care background, as well as in women’s health, perimenopausal, and family planning.
“I get to see people at the best moment of their life: that is a sacred trust.”
Barbara has a true belief in the power of birth. The process is designed beautifully, and normal births should be allowed to proceed in a normal fashion. Barbara believes it is her job to worry about the details, allowing the birthing mother to instead focus on her body and the power of the natural labor process.