Growing abundant community birth infrastructure for generations to come.

We are creating a world where every community
has access to a birth center


BCE Impact Report

Join us on a journey of change and progress as we reflect on the incredible impact Birth Center Equity has made in just a few short years. Since our humble beginnings in the spring of 2020, we have achieved four major milestones in our mission to promote equity and accessibility in birth center care across the nation.

Our impact is felt in the stories of families who now have access to safe, culturally-reverent, midwifery-led birth center care in the communities they call home.

Don’t just take our word for it – explore the facts and figures in our comprehensive Impact Report.

neighborhood birth center boston
tara health
new moon collaborations
birth detroit 1
tuson orig 1

Less than 5% of birth centers in the US are led by people of color.

This leaves most Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities without access to safe and culturally reverent care that is a key solution for reversing the maternal health crisis.

Racial inequity in funding and investment is a barrier to Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) opening and sustaining community birth centers.

solutionphoto 1 1 scaled

To birth a just and bright future, we must fund and invest in BIPOC-led community birth centers at scale.

We support Black, Indigenous, people of color birth center leaders to access resources to improve birth outcomes and generate community birth center infrastructure that benefits everyone.
solutionphoto 1 1 scaled

How We Work

Discover the ways we’re creating impact.

IMG 0840


We are an accelerator for BIPOC community birth center leaders to lead advanced resource and investment model development and strategies.
Mothers Milk Bank 47 scaled


We support BIPOC-led community birth centers to access new resources to ensure their collective vitality, sustainability, and growth.
Belin Marcus Midwifery Director at Breath of My Heart 1 1


We strengthen the collective leadership and self-determination of BIPOC community birth center leaders to access resources at scale.

Watch Our Birth Center Stories

Image is not available
Birthing World Anew in South LA: Kindred Space LA
“There should be a midwife or a birthworker on every corner,” says Kimberly Durdin. Durdin and Allegra Hill co-founded KindredSpace in South Los Angeles, where they are building anew “the world that works for us.
Image is not available
Birth Center Sankofa Story: A Mother's Choice Midwifery in Colorado Springs
Hear the “Sankofa Story” of BCE member Demetra Seriki bringing Black-led midwifery to her Colorado Springs community through A Mother’s Choice Midwifery
Image is not available
Culturally Reverent Birthing in South Seattle: Rainier Valley Birth Center
Hear the story of BCE member Tara Lawal and Rainier Valley Birth Center as they gather South Seattle residents to envision and open a safe, cultrually reverent, freestanding community birth center.
Image is not available
Birth Center Justice: Abide Women's Health - Dallas, TX
BCE is proud to introduce Cessilye R. Smith of Abide Women's Health Services in Dallas, TX. Hear Cessilye’s story and her vision for opening a freestanding community birth center in South Dallas.
Image is not available
Black Midwives Breaking Barriers: Haven Midwifery - Brooklyn, NY
Black midwives are breaking through economic barriers to open community birth centers, like Trinisha Williams of Haven Midwifery Birthing Center in New York City. Watch Trinisha’s story.
Image is not available
Community Centered Birthing: Neighborhood Birth Center - Boston, MA
By listening to BIPOC communities “we create birth centers that work for everyone”, says Nashira Baril of Boston’s Neighborhood Birth Center.
Image is not available
Equitable Community Care: The Birthing Place -
Bronx, NY
A BIPOC-led community birth center is coming to the Bronx, NY! Listen to the story of The Birthing Place BX and how Nubia Earth Martin, Myla Flores, and Bruce McIntyre are making sure their community has “access to equitable care by people who look like them & understand them.”
Image is not available
Let's Birth the Future Together! #GivingTuesday
On #Giving Tuesday, 12.1.20 please join with Leseliey, BCE co-founder Nashira Baril, and all the BIPOC-led birth centers in our network to hold "the spirit of safety, abundance, and liberation" in our world -- and birth the future together!

Our Partners and Investors

Donate today to make sure every community has access to birth center care.

To date, we have raised nearly $1.5 million in funding for BIPOC-led community birth centers’ COVID rapid response, general support, and financial model and infrastructure development.