Supporting individuals and families in and around Boston, Neighborhood Birth Center, will be a warm and safe space providing full spectrum midwifery care throughout pregnancy, labor, and birth. This freestanding birth center aims to improve pregnancy and birth experiences and outcomes across the Greater Boston area.
We are currently busy planning! We are learning from birth centers around the country and across the world as we design our model. We are building community, creating partnerships with people and organizations who are committed to safe maternity care, the natural birth of healthy babies. We are also exploring space - thinking about where to locate the center.
Boston has a rich healthcare landscape and we are excited to combine excellent clinical care with thoughtful programming that treats child birth as a family event - one that grows community!
Our new name!
We began working on this project in 2015 as “Birth Sanctuary Boston”, a temporary name that helped us share a vision for the birth center and build momentum. Today, we are incorporating as a nonprofit, expanding our leadership team, and deepening our partnerships as we continue to work towards a brick and mortar birth center. It is time for a new name - one that is clear, lets people know exactly who and what we are, and unites the Greater Boston area around the idea of pregnancy care and birth in a sanctuary-like setting. A city of neighborhoods, Boston is ready for a community birth center - Neighborhood Birth Center.
Make the breast pump not suck!
Last summer we were selected as one of 4 community innovation teams to participate in the 2018 Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hack-a-thon. Working with MIT, Emerson, and the other teams over the last six months, has pushed our grassroots efforts into overdrive. We are excited for the energy of the hackathon and are eager to share our vision for a Boston-based birth center idea with others committed to improving breastfeeding and community health with an eye to equity and innovation. We look forward to spending April 27-29 at the hackathon, diving deeper into our work with support from amazing local and national experts. Stay tuned for updates on our model and communication strategies!
Our small but mighty volunteer Development Committee cranked out some grant applications this winter and we have a growing list of fresh opportunities to write for. The Qualitative Committee (pictured here) began coding transcriptions from our 2017 interviews and sorting the data from almost 550 surveys.
We are a group of parents, midwives, and public health practitioners called to action to integrate a freestanding birth center into Boston's health care landscape. We are reimagining, with the community, a beautiful space where pregnancy, labor, and birth are honored as natural and celebrated.
Pictured here: Team members Meenakshi and Erline working on the strategic vision, supervised by Nashira's 4month old baby.