A birth center is a freestanding facility for childbirth where care is provided by midwives. Birth centers are not part of a hospital but are an integrated part of the health care system that practices under the midwifery model, which promotes support for pregnancy and birth as a natural physiological process, prevention of disease/promotion of health, and individual responsibility and self-sufficiency through education.
Some people choose midwives as their care provider in pregnancy and childbirth because midwifery care is strongly associated with lower interventions during pregnancy and birth, cost-effectiveness, and improved outcomes for both the birthing patient and the baby.
Dr. Nikia Grayson (DNP, MPH, CNM, FNP) is a public health activist, anthropologist, and certified nurse-midwife who has devoted her life to serving and empowering people in underserved and marginalized communities. Nikia has more than 10 years experience working in public health, with her more recent work focusing on reproductive rights, birth justice, and midwifery. She is passionate about ensuring all persons have the rights and means to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.
Talita Oseguera (CNM, WHNP-BC) is a certified nurse midwife and reproductive justice advocate. She has a background in community-based health care centered on equity and the advancement of historically marginalized groups, empowerment of women, and partnership with families. She has been a full-spectrum doula since 2013 and has devoted her professional and academic career to both birth and research justice. Talita is committed to improving reproductive justice, honoring and amplifying the voices, experiences, and issues of Black women and individuals across the sexual, reproductive and perinatal continuum, moving alongside birth workers of color who reflect the communities they serve, improving care for and with Black women and individuals, and keeping birth sacred.