If Jeanne Hebl gets her way, women in Missoula will once again have another option when it comes to where they birth their babies. Hebl, a local certified nurse midwife, expects to open a freestanding birth center near the corner of 39th and Reserve streets by the end of October. She recently secured a lease on a house and has been working to transform the space over the last few weeks. Hebl plans for the new facility to allow birthing women and their families access to a full kitchen, birthing tubs and two large birthing rooms that offer a private, home-like feel.
"The demand is out there," Hebl says. "Women want another choice." [Read More]