Our Work

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BCE is a catalyst, accelerating innovative 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.
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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 Dev Labs Venture Fund.

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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.

BCE’s 2021 Capital Circle cohort is now closed. Join our mailing list for updates on future cohorts and BCE Community learning opportunities.

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)
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Community Birth Center Stories

Below are some of the powerful stories of community birth centers from around the country.

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Reclaim Indigenous Birthing: Changing Woman Initiative (New Mexico)
Changing Woman Initiative is a Native & Indigenous led community birthing project in New Mexico. Listen to the story of Executive Director Marinah Farrell and how CWI is reclaiming birth and the wisdom of Indigenous midwifery.
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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! #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!
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