The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center Opens At Ochsner Baptist

NEW ORLEANS -- Thanks to a generous donation led by Nicolas Perkin, New Orleanians now have more options when it comes to birthing choices. The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) opened today in the Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion making it the only hospital-based alternative birthing center in the region.

A staff of Certified Nurse Midwives provides mothers with a natural, holistic birth experience in a homelike environment. Midwives offer comprehensive prenatal care in the Perkin ABC clinic, where they help mothers design individual birthing plans. Personalized birth options include water birth, labor support and alternative birth positions.

The Perkin ABC features two birthing rooms, each set up like home with a comfortable double bed and a family room and shared kitchen for guests to relax and visit during labor and delivery. Each room in the ABC offers a birthing tub, birth stools and a yoga swing. And, should a mother or baby require additional medical attention, Ochsner’s Level III Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Labor and Delivery department are just steps away.

Perkin led the effort to establish the ABC in response to the excellent care his wife, Natalie, received from Ochsner physician Dr. Elizabeth Lapeyre.

“We discussed with Dr. Lapeyre how Ochsner’s Alternative Birthing Center would provide a service that couldn’t be found anywhere else in the region,” said Perkin. “The combination of the innovative Alternative Birthing Center and the expertise of Ochsner physicians in a top notch facility is something New Orleans can be proud of.”

Perkin serves on several not-for-profit boards locally including the Louisiana Innovation Council and the Youth Rescue Initiative. He is a member of the Board of the Louisiana Technology Council and the New Orleans Business Alliance Leadership Council. He also serves as a member of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Council and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His philanthropy is concentrated mainly in the areas of education and medical and scientific research.

“The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center is such an exciting addition to women’s services in the New Orleans region,” said Michael Hulefeld, Chief Operating Officer of Ochsner Health System. “We are grateful to the Perkin family for their generous contribution. Their gift will provide another nurturing birth option to many women and families for years to come.”

The Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion opened on December 1, 2013. It features OB/GYN clinics, Labor and Delivery, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Robotic Surgery, as well as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Women’s Pavilion is located on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of Ochsner Baptist at 2700 Napoleon Avenue. Ochsner continues to provide women’s services at its hospitals on the West Bank, the North Shore, and in Kenner, Raceland and Baton Rouge.

For those who would like to learn more about midwifery and alternative birth options, a meet and greet is held in the Perkin ABC every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. (reservation required). For more information or to book an appointment, please call The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center at 504-894-2880.


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by nine hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 18 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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