Get your photo taken for TMC

Hoodie2014.JPGHelp us promote safe, satisfying gynecological and prenatal care to more people! We’re looking for clients and friends to be in photos for our new website, promotional, and advertising materials.

Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for a diverse group of people to help us represent the families and clients who come to The Midwife Center.

– No experience necessary
– Ages 15-65, approximately
– You do not need to be a TMC client. Friends and supporters are welcome.
– Pregnant clients and friends are also welcome.
– If you have a baby, young child or a 15-18 year-old teen you’d like to include in photos, please let us know. We may want to take photos of a parent or caretaker holding a baby or child, interacting with a child, posing with a teen, etc.
– Expect to wear casual attire/street clothes. No special make-up or hair-styling (outside of your usual personal style) is expected.

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Appointments will be every half-hour. Volunteers should expect to be there for 30-45 minutes. TMC staff will be there to help you get relaxed and pose for your photos. We’ll have snacks and music, too!

Photo studio in Etna, just north of Pittsburgh. We’ll email the location info to participants. Studio is on the second floor of a building without an elevator.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel at or 412.321.6880 ext. 208.


Help us get the $1,700 match before 12/31!

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Our goal is to provide safe, satisfying care to all.

Our generous Board of Directors has just pledged a $1,700 end-of-year match! Donate now and DOUBLE your donation with the match. We’ll put it right to work in 2017 to ensure individuals and families get the best possible care. Donate Now >>

Here’s how your donation will make a difference in 2017:
$25-$50 will support a prenatal class scholarship.
$100 will provide lactation support to a new mother.
$250 will provide comprehensive primary GYN care to a client.
$500 will provide 250 postpartum calls to mothers in need of support.
$1,000 will provide prenatal care to a client with financial need.
$2,500 will support childbirth care for a growing family.
$5,000 will support a new midwife fellow.

Make a donation now on our secure donation page.

Thank you,
The Midwife Center Staff & Board

Nia Graziano, CNM, MSN to be TMC’s 11th fellow!

NiaGrazianophoto.jpgThe Midwife Center is thrilled to announce our 11th Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow, Nia Graziano, CNM, MSN!

Some of you may have met Nia while she was at TMC as a midwifery student or during her time with us as a nurse. She will begin her fellowship in January and will be available for both gynecological visits as well as prenatal care, labor, and birth care.

Nia received her undergraduate nursing degree from West Virginia University in 2008. Following graduation, she worked seven years as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse in both staff and travel positions from Pittsburgh to Arizona. After returning to Pittsburgh, she discovered TMC and the midwifery model of care while pregnant with her first son. It was then she knew she had found her true passion in caring for women and families. She received her master’s in nursing and midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2016.

The Midwife Center has played an important role in Nia’s life, both professionally and personally. She is honored to begin serving the women in her community as TMC’s newest Ruth Brexendorf Stifel fellow. She is committed to using the beauty and art of midwifery to hold sacred the space that women allow her to enter to be present and part of such monumental moments in their lives.

About the Ruth Brexenxdorf Stifel Fellowship
Named after our founding Medical Director’s (Dr. Elizabeth Stifel) mother-in-law, in 2010 The Midwife Center designed the fellowship for new midwife graduates to have up to a one-year placement that includes an extended orientation and educational and leadership opportunities. Once the fellow is oriented, they will work as a full member of our provider staff so that we can take care of more clients in the practice.

The Fellowship also helps The Midwife Center address the national shortage of midwives with birth center experience and therefore have more of an impact on maternal and infant health outcomes in our region and beyond. It also addresses TMC’s long-term goals of providing educational opportunities for midwives to strengthen the midwifery profession and birth center model of care, which are being recognized locally and nationally as providing high quality, low cost care.

Contributions to the Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellowship help keep The Midwife Center’s unique services accessible to more individuals and families in our region, and contributes to the future of birth centers in the United States. Support the fellowship with a donation.

90.5 WESA: Midwife Center Poised To Become Largest Birth Center In The Nation

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Midwife Center Poised To Become Largest Birth Center In The Nation

By Liz Reid / December 12, 2016

Even Pittsburghers who don’t know exactly what The Midwife Center is have probably noticed the mural that adorns its northeastern wall while driving through the Strip District.

A pregnant woman in a purple dress, two stories tall, almost seems to dance amidst a scene of trees and buildings and rivers.

“To many people, this is the best mural in Pittsburgh,” said architect Dan Rothschild, with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.

The mural that was once on the outside of The Midwife Center’s building will now be on the inside, as part of an expansion six years in the making. Clinical director and certified nurse-midwife Ann McCarthy said the center started thinking about an expansion in 2010, when it began to see its client roster grow. The capital campaign began in 2013, and ground was broken on the project in July of this year.

Read more at 90.5 WESA >>


Kidsburgh also recently covered our expansion. Read the article >>

Learn more about our plans at

Breaking News: We just received a $1 million RACP grant!


The Midwife Center is so excited to announce that we have received a $1 million Commonwealth grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for our building expansion campaign – Transformation, Metamorphosis, Change. This is the largest grant The Midwife Center has ever received.

This grant will ensure that construction will be completed as scheduled and according to our original plans. We’ll continue to raise much-needed funds through the opening of our expanded center, anticipated in Spring 2017. These additional funds will allow us to truly make our expanded center what it is meant to be – a homelike facility with high-quality equipment, comfortable furnishings and renovations to our current building to best support women and families.

img_6981You can be a part of it by purchasing your very own engraved brick to pave our new walkway! Become a permanent part of Midwife Center history: buy a brick, build our birth center.

In addition to adding behavioral health services, phlebotomy, more classes, groups and other services, our expanded birth center will include:

  • Two new birth suites to accommodate the growth of our client base.
  • Four additional exam rooms for prenatal, gynecological, behavioral health, breastfeeding and other visits
  • A large classroom for current and new classes and support groups
  • A welcoming, accessible entrance and elevator
  • More space for family members and support people
  • A larger, more comfortable waiting room
  • Car and bicycle parking
  • A garden courtyard for clients and visitors to enjoy

About Transformation, Metamorphosis, Change

For more than 30 years we have been in the business of transforming the lives of women and families as the only licensed and accredited freestanding birth center in southwestern Pennsylvania. We have seen the personal metamorphosis and empowerment of women who had never before experienced the kind of compassionate, individualized care that they receive at The Midwife Center. We have changed peoples’ perceptions of midwifery through education and advocacy.

Now, transformation, metamorphosis and change are taking on a new meaning at The Midwife Center. Our facility is undergoing a transformation that will more than double the size of the building and enable our staff to provide more comprehensive services to a larger and more diverse clientele.

Our goal? To transform healthcare for women and infants. We are building the biggest freestanding birth center under one roof in the nation and fill it with new and expanded programs and services.

By supporting Transformation, Metamorphosis, Change, you can make a huge difference in the health and wellness of women and families in our region. Learn more about our goals and donate today.

Check out the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette’s coverage about redevelopment in the Strip District which also mentions our $1 million grant.

Learn more about the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Birth Institute Re-Cap


We were thrilled to celebrate our beautiful community and birth center along with midwives and birth center staff and other birth professionals from across the country during the annual American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute.

Thank you to TMC client and new board member, Jessica Brown (center in photo), and her family for helping us welcome our birth center colleagues to Pittsburgh. Jessica gave an incredibly inspirational speech about how birth centers can make a difference in the lives of women and families.

Other conference highlights included:

  • Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist and author of the Mocha Manual website and book gave a powerful closing keynote speech about the role of community support and environmental influences in birth outcomes and breastfeeding success, as well as the findings from The First Food Friendly Community Initiative in Detroit and Philadelphia.
  • A presentation of preliminary data from a three-year Center for Medicaid and Medicare Strong Start grant to reduce preterm birth. The Midwife Center, along with 44 other birth centers across the country, has been participating in this grant that demonstrates how enhanced care in a birth center setting can reduce preterm birth.

Congratulations to our wonderful Medical Director, Janice Anderson, MD, who was presented with the 2016 AABC Collaborating Physician Award at the conference for her contributions to the advancement of birth centers in the United States, and to our Executive Director Christine Haas, who received an award in recognition of her contributions to the AABC Foundation board, including serving for six years as president.

We’re proud of our staff, board and students who presented at the Birth Institute:

Building Bridges to Communities – LGBTQ Panel
Our Student Nurse-Midwife Aya de Chellis, RN, BSN, CD(DONA), SNM was a part of a panel about how to draw on skills that providers, administrators, and support people already possess to create a clinical environment that meets the needs of LGBTQ folks.

An Introduction to the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC)
Our board member Ngozi Tibbs, MPH, LCCE, IBCLC spoke about the racial disparity in breastfeeding rates, community alliances that have facilitated the growth of the PBBC, as well as the impact that the group has had on the Pittsburgh community.

Building a Bridge between Low-risk and High-risk Panel
Our Clinical Director Ann McCarthy, CNM moderated a panel which included TMC collaborating physician Daniel Edelstone, MD, TMC Medical Director Janice Anderson, MD, FAAFP, and UPMC Director of Midwifery Services, Suzanne Shores, CNM, MSN, FNP. Their panel discussion focused on identifying effective strategies for physicians and midwives to work together for to provide maternity care for low and high-risk women.

Other local presenters included:
Former TMC board member Marie Rivera-Johnson, JD; Former TMC board member and founder of the Three Rivers Mothers Milk Bank, Denise O’Connor, IBCLC; Debra Bogen, MD; Harold Miller; Marlene Boas, PhD, LPCC, BCC; Amber McCann, BA, IBCLC; Rayden Sorock, BA; Lizzie Anderson, CD, MSW, LSW

The Midwife Center thanks UPMC Mercy and Health Plan, Schoolhouse Yoga, Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing and volunteers Cait Sethman and Sara Fortnam for supporting the Birth Institute!

Goodbye and best wishes to Dia Brooks, CNM, DNP


The Midwife Center is sad to say goodbye to our wonderful midwife Dia Brooks, CNM, DNP. Dia will be leaving TMC at the end of September, so be sure to say goodbye to her before she leaves.

Dia started with TMC in 2014 as our ninth Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow and transitioned into a staff midwife in 2015. Many clients have had an opportunity to see her in the office and have her attend their births. What many might not know is all the work that Dia did behind the scenes. She participated in community outreach events, represented TMC at the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle, gave talks to local high school students and spoke at many TMC events. She also actively participated in planning for TMC’s expansion.

Clinically, one of Dia’s responsibilities was to manage the care of all pregnant clients with gestational diabetes. Her work insured that their care was complete and accurate. She is a dedicated and hard-working midwife, and her colleagues will miss her terribly.

Dia also asked us to pass along this message to TMC clients and our community:

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that my time at The Midwife Center will be much shorter than I ever anticipated. I have made the decision to leave TMC and continue my journey as a provider elsewhere. This was a very difficult choice but one I needed to make for myself.

The TMC staff has given me so much. I am a better person and provider because I was allowed to be apart of all that makes TMC a magical place. I would like to thank my colleagues for standing by me. I would also like to thank the many patients that have allowed me to be apart of their birth stories and lives. I will carry every memory and picture with me always.

Thanks TMC for taking a chance on a brand spankin’ new provider! Thanks for giving me the best beginning to what I know will be an amazing journey. My heart is filled with sadness, but also great peace. I will be watching and cheering you all on as you continue to grow. We shall meet again.

Brandy Brooks, AKA Brandia, AKA Dia.

Buy a brick, build our birth center!


Be a permanent part of Midwife Center history! Order a personalized engraved brick and help build the largest freestanding birth center in the nation under one roof – right here in our hometown.

♥ Honor the birth of a baby
♥ Memorialize a loved one
♥ Commemorate an anniversary
♥ Honor yourself, your family, or your business

Bricks also make a great non-traditional holiday gift for friends or family members who want to be a part of transforming healthcare for women and families in our community.

Order a brick

All brick orders received by December 31, 2016 will be
installed with the walkway installation by Spring 2017.
Your long-lasting contribution will pave way for our expanded center. As part of the construction of our facility, The Midwife Center is adding a welcoming courtyard and walkway to connect our new parking lot and Penn Avenue with our new, accessible entrance. Everyone who visits The Midwife Center will pass by your personalized brick.

Get your brick with our easy, secure order form.

A portion of your brick purchase is a tax-deductible donation to The Midwife Center
4×8 bricks are $250. $232 is tax-deductible.
8×8 bricks are $500. $474 is tax-deductible.

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90.5 WESA: No Due Date Yet, But The Midwife Center’s Expansion Is Underway


Photo credit Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

No Due Date Yet, But The Midwife Center’s Expansion Is Underway

By Liz Reid / August 31, 2016

In addition to bringing a baby into the world, many of The Midwife Center’s birth stories share a common anecdote – one of the mother-to-be going in and out of the building while their partner or family member searches for parking.

Prospective parents will no longer frantically search Penn Avenue for a place to park once The Midwife Center’s new expansion, including a parking lot, opens early next year.

“I think our clients will be very excited about that,” said Executive Director Christine Haas.

Crews broke ground on a $3.5 million expansion in July, two years after The Midwife Center first announced it would double its capacity.

Read more at 90.5 WESA >>

Bloom Birth Concierge to teach TMC’s Childbearing Essentials Class

Bloom LogoThe Midwife Center is excited to welcome Bloom Birth Concierge as the new instructor for our Childbearing Essentials Class! This great class, which should be completed before 36 weeks of pregnancy, will help to prepare you for the process of labor and birth, evidence-based practices, comfort techniques and more. Childbearing Essentials will help build your confidence to have an unmedicated birth. Check out our class calendar and the full class description here.

This class is a good choice for those planning a birth center birth for the first time to fulfill your required class commitment. A class scholarship fund is available for eligible TMC clients. If you’d like to find out if you’re eligible please call our front office at 412.321.6880.

Bloom Birth Concierge’s instructors are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE) and have been working with the birthing community for years as birth doulas. Together, they have attended hundreds of births at The Midwife Center and area hospitals.

“The Midwife Center is doing amazing work here in Pittsburgh and we are so excited to be a part of it! We love working alongside families as they grow in their understanding of birth and build confidence in themselves,” says Bethany Brown, LCCE, class instructor. Learn more about the instructors:

Bethany BrownBethany Brown, LCCE: Bethany is a birth doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. While her background is in mental health and family therapy, her current love is working with families in Pittsburgh as they grow and expand. The owner of Bloom Birth Concierge, Bethany works to emphasize true continuity of care through childbirth education, prenatal and birth support, and postpartum village building. Bethany lives in the East End with her husband, two sons, and their old dog.

Emilie DEmilie Hoffman Delestienne, MPH, LCCE, CLC: Emilie is passionate about educating and supporting families and strengthening a woman’s belief in her body’s ability to birth and to advocate for herself and her baby on the awe-inspiring, emotional and often challenging road of pregnancy, birth, motherhood and breastfeeding. In addition to her background in biology and public health, Emilie is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, birth doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh, Certified Lactation Counselor and in pursuit of becoming an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Enthusiastic natives of Pittsburgh, Emilie and her family live in the East End of Pittsburgh.