Former Missoula Birth Center employee Jeanne Hebl has announced plans to open a new birth center here in Missoula sometime in October. The Missoula Birth Center closed in January after the sudden death of its founder, Dr. Lynn Montgomery, last November. That closing left Missoula women with no non-hospital delivery options other than home births. Community Medical Center is currently the only medical facility in Missoula with dedicated labor and delivery rooms, but it appears that this is about to change.
The new birth center will be located at 2404 39th Street, near the intersection of Reserve and 39th, about half a mile from Community Medical Center. The new facility’s manager is Linsey Wiesemann, a registered nurse and 2007 graduate from the Montana State University’s College of Nursing. Hebl, a certified nurse midwife, will attend births at the new center. The center will open with only one birthing room, with a second one planned for later. Hebl says that the new center will hold an open house sometime after October 1st, but a date has not yet been set.