Freestanding Birth Centers - Addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis

We as a nation are navigating a healthcare system that is failing black mothers and babies. Black mothers are 3 - 4 times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts and their babies are 2 times more likely to die. Risks persist across income and education levels. Racial disparities are real and quite dangerous.

Boston has been slowly and methodically working toward bringing a neighborhood health center to the community. Studies have shown that women whose care is provided by midwives and supported by doulas represent a vital key to reversing this awful trend.

“Birth experiences and outcomes improve for all through the integration of an independent freestanding birthing center where comprehensive midwifery care will be available throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period.”

In communities where birth centers provide maternal care, community relationships extending beyond childbirth and the postpartum period are cultivated. Birth center safety has been studied and birth centers demonstrate excellent outcomes resulting from this model of care.