New leadership at Topeka Birth and Women’s Center

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Topeka Birth and Women’s Center is changing ownership. The new owner isn’t new to the baby business. We wanted to know what makes this place so special to many new mothers.

Sunday was not about music or dancing with children…it was about families meeting the new owner of the Topeka Birth and Women’s Center. Families came to support Jodie Blair. Blair is only the second owner of the center. But she isn’t new to this kind of work. She has been helping expectant mothers for more than a decade. Josie Norris, who founded the center in 1980, retired recently. And after complaints lead to a brief closure in 2015, new management is looking forward.

“Well, we have reviewed all of our policy and procedure and our nurse and midwife protocols and we are sticking with those very carefully,” Jodie Blair, the new owner of the Topeka Birth and Women’s Center said.

Which is good news to some Topeka mothers because the home setting is better for them.

“I was born in this bed my daughter was born here in this bed,” Ellie Smith, a mother said.

“It feels like you are giving birth in your own room,” Smith said.

Approximately 3-thousand babies have been born here. Ellie Smith says she is going to have another baby here soon.

“My labor and delivery were so magical and I do not think I would have been able to say that if I had a baby at the hospital,” Smith said. “That’s the most important thing about having a baby is being able to do it your own way and here you are able to do it.”

“It’s magical to observe women giving birth the way they were meant to,” Blair said.

Which is why Blair is ready to continue…..

“I wanted to make sure this option was available to women and it’s a fun job for me. I love it,” Blair said.

The Birth and Women’s Center say they are the only alternative to home birth and hospital birth in the Topeka area. It closed for more than two months in 2015 after multiple violations were found during an investigation by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The new ownership announcement comes during national midwifery week. Mid-wives provide care to expectant mothers during their pregnancy.

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