Our History

  • 1985 Birthplace is acquired by West Penn Hospital.
  • 1994-1997 Staff midwives designed and staffed an innovative Healthy Start program that provided gynecological, prenatal and birthing care to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. All mothers carried their babies to term and delivered without serious complications, and gonorrhea rates were dramatically reduced.
  • 1996 Birthplace practice relocates to Allegheny General Hospital and becomes “The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health.”
  • 1997 The Midwife Center opens new, free-standing birth center adjacent to AGH.
  • March 2000 AGH announces it will close TMC in six weeks due to hospital financial reasons.
  • Spring 2000 TMC clients and supporters rally at AGH to keep the birth center open until November 2000, and client advocacy group, “WithMidwife” is formed.
  • June 2000 TMC becomes incorporated as an independent, non-profit practice.
  • July 2000 Rusted Root performs a benefit concert that raises over $40,000 for TMC.
  • Nov 2000 Practice moves to offices at 501 E. Ohio Street on the North Side where certified nurse-midwives continue to provide well woman and pre and post natal care, and attend births at Allegheny General Hospital, TMC’s back-up hospital.
  • Fall 2000 TMC becomes a member of the Family Health Council (now Adagio Health), which allows the practice to provide gynecological care and family planning services to women who are uninsured or underinsured on a sliding scale.
  • Sept 2001 TMC launches its Capital Campaign to build a new, free-standing birth center for Pittsburgh-area families.
  • 2002 TMC midwives are named for ACNM “With Woman, for a lifetime” award.
  • Dec 2002 TMC secures building at 2825 Penn Avenue to renovate new birth center.
  • Feb 2003 TMC launches “With Woman Fridays,” a new grant-funded program that provides walk-in service to women who experience financial and other barriers to receiving quality care.
  • May 2003 TMC moves to new building and offers well-woman, pre and post-natal care and educational classes.
  • July 2003 TMC achieves state licensure from the PA Department of Health and opens its as a birth center.
  • Sept 2003 TMC achieves national accreditation with the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
  • Summer 2004 TMC receives grants from Highmark Corporation for TMC class Scholarships and from Grable Foundation to launch the “Family Wellness Education Program” for women and family members who can benefit from additional educational support to pursue healthier lives.
  • March 2005 100th baby born in the birth center.
  • August 2006 TMC launches “Con Mujeres” (With Woman), a once a month walk-in program to better serve the increasing number of Latina women in.
  • Spring 2007 TMC is awarded proclamations from the Pennsylvania State Legislature and Pittsburgh City Council in 2007 in recognition of its 25 years of quality service to Pittsburgh-area women and families.
  • July 2007 Thanks to the actions of midwife clients and supporters across PA, Governor Rendell signed a bill granting prescriptive authority to certified nurse midwives.
  • March 2009 500th baby born in the new birth center.
  • Winter 2009 TMC launches its Beginnings Campaign to create an operating reserve for the Bubbe Hannah (Women’s Health) Fund; improve the Center’s infrastructure to increase its efficiency and comfort for clients; and launch a public education campaign regarding the benefits of midwifery and birth center care.
  • December 2009 UPMC Mercy becomes TMC’s primary referral hospital.
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  • June 2013 5,000th baby born at TMC since 1982.
  • September 2015 TMC holds press event to publicly launch its capital capital campaign, Transformation, Metamorphosis, Change to physically expand its birth center and add new programs and services.