Year of the Nurse and Midwife



The World Health Organization Designates 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The Midwife Center is excited to share that 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

"Nurses and midwives are the backbones of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

In honor of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we have planned a series of events centered around the importance of midwife-led care. Your investment through sponsorship will help The Midwife Center increase its impact on improving maternal health and infant health in our region. To be a sponsor for the events listed below, click on the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife sponsorship link to register online to be a part of the events going on this year. 

Programs and Events 


Reclaiming the Legacy of the Grand Midwives: Honoring the Contributions of Black Women on Midwifery 

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 6 pm - 8 pm at The Midwife Center

 In honor of the Grand Midwives, a Multi-Media Art Collage created by Bekezela Mguni, Community Activist and Artist, will be unveiled and presented in the waiting room of The Midwife Center. The art piece will represent the legacy of the Grand Midwives that helped to shape and advance the knowledge of reproductive health in the US.

Visit The Witness page to see the art piece and to learn about all the Midwives represented. If you are interested in seeing unveiling please visiting Facebook or Flickr.

The Grand Midwives Legacy Conversations: Past Present and Future of Black Women and Maternal Health 

Due to these unforeseen events, we will reschedule this panel discussion for a later date. Please Stay Tuned!

Film screening and discussion centered on the racial disparities in maternal health and the history of the Grand Midwives. The conversation will be conducted with a local panel of women of color that are engaged in research and experience on the topic.

TMC Presents: Lunch and Learn a Virtual Speaking Series 

Visit our events page to get the dates and times to view on Facebook Live!

A new virtual series that invites the community to learn more about midwifery care at The Midwife Center, especially during the pandemic. Each session features a TMC staff member facilitated by TMC's Community Engagement Coordinator, Devon Taliaferro.


Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Celebration 

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6 pm - 8 pm Virtually 

This event is to honor and celebrate midwives and nurses who continue to provide the highest quality care through a global pandemic. Stay home and enjoy an Italian wine tasting and a special evening of stories of providing and receiving care during the pandemic from TMC midwives, nurses, and clients. To purchase tickets to this event click here

VIP Host Committee

VIP Host Committee Chair
Representative Sara Innamorato

Dr. Janice Anderson & Pat Downey 

Dr. Christine Andrews

Vivian & Bill Benter

Nancy Bernstein 

Tacy M Byham, Ph.D 

Lindsay & Christian Cashman

Verna Corey, ScD

Elizabeth Curcio

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Dodi Walker Gross

Nancy Eligator & Jonathan Rest

Ebe Emmons

Patty Genday

Dinnie Goldring

Renae Green

Anne Marie Kuchera

Victoria Kulli & Aaron Todd

Max & Kate Louik 

Denise McMorrow & Meghan Sanders

Eileen Minnock 

Meagan & Josh Niebler

Cathy Raphael

 Lauren Rauscher, Ph.D. &  Kerrie Kauer, Ph.D

Lynne Reder

Nancy Reese 

Marie Rivera-Johnson 

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal 

Jennifer Cox-Siegel 

Alicia Schisler 

Sarah &Matt Starr

Betsy & Tom Teti 

Rebecca Yago

Janis Zentner

Thank you to our Sponsors 

Presenting Sponsor
Midwife Champion Sponsorship
VIP Sponsorship 
Legacy Builder Sponsorship 

Nancy Bernstein

Education Partner Sponsorship 

Dr. Janice Anderson & Pat Downey 

Vivian & Bill Benter

Verna Corey, ScD

Ebe Emmons 

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Gross Walker

Nancy Reese 

Birth Center Advocate Sponsorship 

Dinnie Goldring

Chris & Tom Kobus 

Eileen Minnock 

Cathy Raphael

Lynne Reder

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal 

Betsy Teti 

Janis Zentner


Midwife Center Friends Sponsorship

Alpha Connect

Bill Flinn Agency

Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh

Congressman Mike Doyle 

Evergreen Facility Services

Fahringer McCarthy Grey Inc.

Green Cheeks Diaper Service 

Kimicata Brothers

Valerie McDonald Roberts

Northwestern Mutual

PLA Insurance

Jason Roth 

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Ruzomberka Holland Renk Smith

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing 

Uptown Dental