Birth experiences and outcomes improve for all through the integration of an independent freestanding birthing center in Boston.
We believe that people living in and around Boston should have access to a full range of pregnancy care and birthing options. Our mission is to offer comprehensive midwifery care throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period by integrating an independent freestanding birth center in Boston’s healthcare and community landscape. Birth is a sacred process and when the pregnant person is centered, the experience has the power to transform and heal individuals, families, and communities.
We are planning a 5000 square foot state-of-the-art spa-like center, to be co-located with artists, activists, and healers in a renovated multi-use building that helps to stabilize Boston neighborhoods against gentrification by repurposing a building for maximum community benefit.
Why choose a birth center?
A birth center is equipped to provide a personalized alternative to hospital care for people with low-risk pregnancies, so you can give birth in a home-like environment where you feel secure and supported. You will receive comprehensive care throughout your pregnancy from highly qualified healthcare providers who know, support, and respect you, and who are available by phone 24/7. You will find the comforts of home and the luxury of a hotel in our specially designed suites, and the low volume of births means you will have privacy and one-on-one attention. This holistic approach to pregnancy and birth care nurtures your whole person, mind and body, and offers the support you need to take care of yourself (body and mind) and your baby.
Not only are birth centers safe, but they offer personalized, family-focused care with the power to advance equity and catalyze community power. Midwifery care is grounded in relationships and birth centers have the potential to serve as hub for cultivating community relationships that extend beyond childbirth and the immediate postpartum period. Neighborhood Birth Center plans to offer essential services including education, psychosocial support, and referrals for non-medical services.
The vision, analysis, planning, and process for Neighborhood Birth Center is deeply guided by the wisdom of a robust advisory board made up of community leaders who are parents, midwives and other birth workers, researchers, and other experts. Meet the team!
In the US, 98% of all births take place in a hospital, even though most births are low risk. Hospitals are key when medical intervention is needed, however most births can safely take place outside of the hospital. Birth center safety has been studied and birth centers demonstrate excellent outcomes. Read more about the model of care and safety here.
We are eager to host some events and engage volunteers through committees in 2019! Get in touch if you’d like to be informed about opportunities to contribute your skills and energy to this exciting endeavor!