Our Work & Goals
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Birth Center Equity Foundation
Birth Center Equity Foundation grows philanthropic partnerships to increase grant making to BIPOC birth center leaders in support of sustainable community birth infrastructure and optimal maternal infant health.
The Birth Center Equity Foundation is home to the BCE Capital Circle, a cohort of community birth centers to whom BCE provides support. BCE’s 2021 Capital Circle cohort is now closed. Join our mailing list for updates on future cohorts and BCE Community learning opportunities.
Birth Center Equity Fund
Birth Center Equity Fund provides loans, equity and integrated capital investments to community birth centers with tandem-hybrid and revenue based models for service provision in partnership with Full Spectrum Labs. BCE aims to leverage public and private investments to quadruple the scale and strength of the BIPOC community birth economy over the next five years.
Birth centers we currently support through BCE Capital Circle.
Cessilye R. Smith
Best Southwest Midwifery (Dallas, TX)
Birth Detroit (Detroit, MI)
Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA
Birthing Beautiful Communities (Cleveland, OH)
Birth and Milk Co, LLC (Washington, DC)
Birth of a Nation (Cleveland, OH)
The Birthing Place, (Houston, TX)
The Birthing Place (Bronx, NY)
Myla Flores, Nubia-Earth Martin, Bruce McIntyre
The Birth Place (Winter Garden, FL)
Jennie Joseph, CPM
Birth Roots (San Diego, CA)
Darynee Blount LM, CPM
Birth Supporters United (Washington, DC)
Changing Woman Initiative (Santa Fe, NM)
Marinah V. Farrell, CPM
Choices: Memphis Center For Reproductive Health (Memphis, TN)
Community Birth Center (Olympia, WA)
Terri Chi-Lee, LM, CPM, MSM
Community Of Hope: Family Health and Birth Center (Washington, DC)
Haven Midwifery Birthing Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Jamaa Birth Village (Ferguson, MO)
Brittany “Tru” Kellman, CPM, CD, CLC
Kindred Space/ Birthing People Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
Kimberly Durdin & Allegra Hill
Magnolia Birth House (North Miami Beach, FL)
Tamara Taitt, MS, LMFT, LM
More Black Midwives (Las Vegas, NV)
Tara Raines & China Tolliver
A Mother’s Choice (Colorado Springs, CO)
My Sister’s Keeper (Hurst, TX)
Kennasha Jones & Tereé Fruga
Neighborhood Birth Center (Boston, MA)
Nashira Baril, MPH
Parteras de Maiz (Arizona)
Marinah V. Farrell, CPM
Rainier Valley Midwives (Seattle, WA)
Tara Lawal, MSM, RN
Roots Community Birth Center (Minneapolis, MN)
San Antonio Nurse Midwife (San Antonio, TX)
San Diego Community Birth Center (San Diego, CA)
Sankofa Birth and Women’s Care (Durham, NC)
Sisters in Birth (Jackson, MS)
Ensure the opening of 10 new community birth centers by 2023.
We are providing financial support and capacity building to our CapitalCircle members who are ready to open birth centers.
Strengthen, grow, and sustain existing BIPOC community birth centers.
We provide financial support, coaching, and community building to our Capital Circle members who are currently providing birth center services.
Advance equity-centered public policies to make the birth center model of care accessible to BIPOC communities.
We work with key policy partners shaping and advocating for policies that support equitable access to birth center care.
Ensure a birth center for every community that wants one.
Across the country, birth centers are rare in Black, Indigenous, communities of color, where lack of access to capital, training, and support mean that few birth workers of color are able to establish birth centers in their communities. BCE is breaking down barriers so that no community is denied access to birth center care.
Build lasting birth justice infrastructure.
BCE is part of a vibrant and powerful birth justice ecosystem with many crucial roles and components. In partnership with BIPOC midwives, doulas, and other birth workers, BCE is committed to reclaiming midwifery and growing birth centers as vital elements of the healing, physical, cultural and economic strength of our communities.
Community Birth Center Stories
Below are some of the powerful stories of community birth centers from around the country.