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!