Our Work & Goals

Discover our programs.

BCE has three core components: Catalyst, Capital, & Community.

BCE Catalyst

Through BCE’s Catalyst, we accelerate innovative financing strategies that grow abundant community birth infrastructure for generations to come. We support established and emerging BIPOC community birth center leaders by investing in infrastructure and capacity building to benefit the birth equity ecosystem as a whole.

BCE Capital

BCE Capital generates full spectrum and integrated capital solutions through the Birth Center Equity Foundation and the Birth Center Equity Fund.
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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.

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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.
Abide (Dallas, TX)
Cessilye R. Smith

Best Southwest Midwifery (Dallas, TX)
Ashley Greene

Birth Detroit (Detroit, MI)
Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA

Birthing Beautiful Communities (Cleveland, OH)
Christin Farmer 

Birth and Milk Co, LLC (Washington, DC)
Charnise Littles 

Birth of a Nation (Cleveland, OH)
Alliyah Harold

The Birthing Place, (Houston, TX)
Afua Hassan

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)
Patricia Liggins

Changing Woman Initiative (Santa Fe, NM)
Marinah V. Farrell, CPM 

Choices: Memphis Center For Reproductive Health  (Memphis, TN)
Nikia Grayson

Community Birth Center (Olympia, WA)
Terri Chi-Lee, LM, CPM, MSM

Community Of Hope: Family Health and Birth Center (Washington, DC)
Ebony Marcellee

Haven Midwifery Birthing Center (Brooklyn, NY) 
Trinisha Williams

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)
Demetra Seriki 

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)
Rebecca Polston

San Antonio Nurse Midwife  (San Antonio, TX)
Nikki Molver-Brown 

San Diego Community Birth Center (San Diego, CA)
Nikki Helms

Sankofa Birth and Women’s Care (Durham, NC)
Tina Braimah 

Sisters in Birth (Jackson, MS)
Getty Israel

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BCE Community

Through network gatherings, training, and coaching, we strengthen the collective leadership and self-determination of current and future Black, Indigenous, community of color birth center leaders, and nurture the relationships and peer support that are the heart of our abundance.

2020-2023 Goals

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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.

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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Let's Birth the Future Together!
BCE CEO and Co-Founder Leseliey Welch shares our mission to make birth center care accessible to all, ensuring safety, abundance, and liberation for every birthing person and their families.

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