Homebirth Midwifery – Barbara Bechtel, CNM


We believe pregnancy and birth are designed to proceed beautifully, with a normal, healthy outcome for the mother and baby. During your prenatal visits, we provide you with information about your pregnancy and birth so that you can make the decisions best for you and your family. We provide many options for common discomforts of pregnancy, including natural remedies. We explain benefits, risks, and alternative choices regarding medical decisions.

We love being a part of this important time in your life. We care for you throughout your pregnancy, the birth of your child, and postpartum. Prenatal visits through 34 weeks are offered in our office at 196 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Prenatal visits after 34 weeks and postpartum visits are offered in your home.  Our services include the following:

  • family planning, preconception and prenatal consultations
  • prenatal care (including referrals for ultrasounds/prenatal diagnostic testing, if desired, and lab work)
  • conventional (prescription) and holistic medicine to relieve discomforts of pregnancy
  • home birth
  • water birth
  • postpartum care
  • newborn examinations
  • well-woman visit including gyn exams, pap smears and birth control
  • perimenopausal care

The birth of a child is not only a physical and emotional experience for the mother-to-be, but for the father-to-be/partner as well. At home, partners are offered the freedom to experience the birth in whatever way they feel most comfortable; from helping to set up the birthing space, to being an emotional support for the birthing mother, and possibly even “catching” the baby. The protective nature of partners is respected at home births and they are part of the active process of supporting their partner. We answer questions, allay concerns, and create a relationship of trust and mutual respect so that the partner can feel comfortable, safe, and excited about the upcoming birth and postpartum time.


We are based in Brooklyn and serve all of NYC – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. Please contact us to set up an initial home birth consultation so that we can answer your questions, get to know you better and discuss working together for your pregnancy and birth. There is no fee for the initial consultation. When requesting a consultation, please be sure to include your due date and home address.

telephone:  347-663-9101
fax: 646-741-2135
NEW OFFICE LOCATION: 100 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY (Subway: Bergen F/G, Hoyt-Schemerhorn A/C/G, Nevins 2/3/4/5, Atlantic Ave. 2/3/4/5/B/Q/N/D/R/W) )


We assist with health insurance reimbursement. Please contact us for more information.



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