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What are my birthing options in Anchorage?

There are so many birthing options in Anchorage that it can be confusing. You can choose
where to have your baby. You can choose a doctor or midwife and even a doula. We
provide links to all of the main birthing options below. They all provide video and live tours
to help you get the information you need.

Four hospitals with birthing centers and full maternity services in
Anchorage (click on the hospital you’re interested in):

Providence Hospital and the Virtual Tour of Providence 

Alaska Regional Hospital

Alaska Native Medical Center and the Virtual Tour of ANMC (either you or the father of the baby must be an eligible native) If you need a proof of pregnancy for ANMC, we can provide one free of charge.

JBER Military Hospital (open for military families only)

Do I need a Doctor AND a Midwife?

  • Most of the obstetrical offices in Anchorage employ both obstetricians and
    midwives, who work together to take care of you and baby.
  • Sometimes you will see the obstetrician for prenatal care, and sometimes the
  • Ask your provider if one or both will attend the birth of your baby and if you get a
    choice. Often there is a call roster and you don’t get to choose the person who
    delivers your baby, but it will usually be someone you have met during your
    prenatal visits.

Do I have to have my baby in a hospital?

  • No. There are several birthing centers in Anchorage.
  • Many of these birth centers accept Denali Kid Care/Medicaid as well as
    most insurances.  Be sure to ask them about your specific insurance when
    you call.
  • Options in Anchorage include:

Haven Midwifery 

Geneva Woods Birthing Center (new name Women’s Wellness at The Nest)

**More are being added, so a quick a web search of “midwife anchorage” or “birth center near me” will let you know if there are any new options.

  • All pregnancies are different and some women are not good candidates for
    non-hospital deliveries. Your midwife or obstetrician will help you make this
  • Pre-existing conditions or pregnancy complications may require the
    attention of an obstetrician for your baby. This may require additional
    services only available at a hospital. Your midwife will help you make this
    decision or in an emergency will make the decision for you.

What is a doula?

  • A doula is a person who assists you during labor and deliver by coaching and
    encouraging you and your partner.
  • A doula is hired privately and is there to assist you, but not offer medical
  • You will still need an obstetrician and/or midwife to oversee the delivery.
  • Ask your friends for a referral or do a web search to find someone in your
    area if you are interested in this extra help.

If you are struggling to make decisions about prenatal care, one of our nurses would be happy to talk to you.  Please call 907-337-9292 or contact us for an appointment.  If you require a proof of pregnancy for ANMC so that your native partner can apply for benefits on behalf of you and baby, we can assist you.

If you need help deciding what birthing option is best for you and your baby, make an appointment. We’d love to help you!