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The team at Haven is proud to announce the receipt of a grant for $10,000 from Birth Center Equity’s Giving Tuesday Campaign!

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Making Reproductive Healthier Fro Individuals in NYC!

It’s been a long uphill battle, but we at Haven Midwifery Birthing Center remain steadfast in our efforts to open NYC’s first not-for-profit, midwifery-led, free-standing birthing center.

All Persons Deserve The Best Chance At Their Reproductive Health

We are working hard to providing our community with services, outreach assistance, and education. However, we still need your help. Contact us today for partnership or media opportunities to make a difference.

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Write and Tweet at your elected officials and the New York Maternity Task Force to. Pass NY State Senate and Assembly to allow any birth center licensed by a national accreditation body to be recognized by NY.

We’d like to begin this update by expressing our heartfelt gratitude for all the support, well-wishes, and donations since GivingTuesday. Your generosity has provided us with the beginnings of our foundation—we are humbled. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for coming aboard and for all of their great work! Lindsey Mayo for her contributions to social media, Vanessa Saba for all her work on the website, and Jake Kryjak for his help with fundraising.

Moving forward, we have our sights set on obtaining grants as well as individual donations. We have also been discussing a physical location and have started conversations with realtors. Our eyes are set on Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx.

As we reflect on 2019 and the abysmal maternal mortality rates in the U.S., our resolve to launch our birthing center only grows stronger. The World Health Organization has dedicated 2020 as the year of the Midwife and we plan to start this year off strong.

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season.

Thank You,
The Haven Midwifery Birthing Center Team

As with pregnancy, we the founders have newly conceived and are learning how to adapt to change and our new roles. With the recent launch of our website and social media we are increasing our visibility, growing our audience, and have already started to see donations roll in, thank you! Currently we are grant writing and investigating avenues to help us fund our birthing center. An application has been submitted to our local American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM) chapter and we are diligently working on one for The Davis Prize, deadline December 1st. Please also see our website for information about our participation with Giving Tuesday on December 3rd. Why are we working so hard for this center? Birthing centers give pregnant people options that support physiologic birth. Midwives spend time with families to support their journeys, no two are alike. We approach pregnancy not as a pathology, but rather a normal, albeit altered state of being. We know that pregnancy consists of profound change, excitement, and fear. It can be a stressful as well as wonderful time for a pregnant person. These stressors, life circumstances, and the changing body all play pivotal roles in the health of the pregnancy. Midwives treat and support the whole person throughout the pregnancy.

We also want to take this time to express heart-felt gratitude to our recent volunteers; Lindsey Mayo, our social media goddess! Again, we thank you all for your support and well wishes. Check back frequently for updates!

Warmly,
The Haven Midwifery Birthing Center founders

It’s been a long uphill battle, but we at Haven Midwifery Birthing Center remain steadfast in our efforts to open NYC’s first not-for-profit, midwifery-led, free-standing birthing center. In receipt of our NYS not-for-profit status, HMBC has just launched a second fundraising effort with Gofundme https://www.gofundme.com/f/haven-midwifery-birthing-center?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1. Our federal 501c3 application has been filed with the IRS and is pending; we have been assured 501c3 status by legal counsel. HMBC is thrilled to announce that we are very close to signing a lease for a Birthing Center location, currently in negotiations!

The HMBC midwives and team are also moving forward through the arduous Certificate of Need (CON) application required by NYS to acquire an Article 28 before we can open our doors. We collectively have appealed to the Midwifery Board Task Force to call upon Governor Cuomo to use his executive authority to exempt Midwife-Led Birth Centers from this onerous CON Process and instead grant an Article 28 Certificate of Need to those that meet CABC Freestanding Birth Center accreditation guidelines, thus honoring the intent of the Task Force to create safe alternatives for out-of-hospital birthing sites.

The HMBC team is currently writing grants including The New York Foundation; https://nyf.org/ have been in recent communication with The Birth Justice Fund, and are the proud recipients of a grant from NYC Midwives; https://www.nycmidwives.org/. Step by step, HMBC is moving closer to inception, through recent completion of vital business contracts, hiring of a billing service, hiring a team of lawyers, and choosing our favorite electronic health record. Lindsey Mayo, CNM, is poised to launch our crowd-funding campaign with daily inspirational Instagram posts. With your support WE CAN DO THIS!

I am your constituent, and I am calling on you to prioritize birthing people’s safety by creating safe, community-based birth alternatives in New York, the need for which has been made even more urgent and clear in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (and the racial disparities and crisis of birth options it laid bare), and the nationwide protests for racial justice spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement. It is shameful that in 2020, while the rest of the US has 345 Birth Centers, New York State only has 3, and none are led by midwives. New York State has the 12th highest C-section rate in the country, and in New York City, Black people are 12 times more likely than their white counterparts to die in childbirth. I call on you to urgently:

Co-Sponsor and/or Support S08307 / A08307 which would require any Birth Center in New York that is licensed by a national accrediting body to be recognized by NY State.

While Midwife-Led Birth Centers were legalized in 2016, it wasn’t until 2019 that the Department of Health released regulations and only when urged by the New York State Maternity Task Force, during the COVID-19 pandemic did the the Department of Health release an onerous, lengthy and expensive Certificate of Need process in June 2020 that will unfortunately continue to limit Birth Centers in New York.

Birth Centers and midwives drastically improve outcomes for birthing people and newborns, the demand for which skyrocketed during the COVID-19 peak, and it is unacceptable that in New York these safe options for birthing people continue to be restricted. We must take immediate action to prevent further hardship and trauma to New York’s birthing people and newborns by creating safe birth alternatives.


To co-sponsor and/or Support S02888A/A00318-A that would require all care-providers to provide written communication on the potential risks of cesarean surgery on maternal and infant injuries, impact on future pregnancies and births; and circumstances in which cesarean birth may be necessary. This is imperative so that all birthing people are fully informed and aware of the risks of cesarean birth especially since the Cesarean Section Rate at 33.9% in New York State, at is the 12th highest in the United States.

To amend New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients to include statistics and racial data on maternal deaths, third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths, and birth related injuries. This information is critical in the fight against New York’s maternal mortality crisis and vast racial disparities in maternal health. In light of the ongoing Black maternal mortality crisis, we insist this law be expanded to include reporting on maternal deaths, before, during and up to six weeks after childbirth; third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths; hemorrhage; and injuries related to childbirth including damage to tissue and organs during Cesarean Birth, third and fourth degree tearing; with a racial break down on all data points.

To co-sponsor and/or Support S7147 that will expand Medicaid benefits to one year postpartum. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that roughly one-third of all pregnancy-related deaths occur one week to one year after a pregnancy ends. In some states, the number is much higher. In Illinois, for example, 56 percent of pregnancy-associated deaths occurred between 43 and 364 days postpartum. For women enrolled in Medicaid during—and on the basis of—pregnancy, the postpartum period can be particularly ominous for their health. Providing 12 months of continuous coverage after the end of pregnancy can help. Specifically, access to Medicaid expansion has been associated with 1.6 fewer maternal deaths per 100,000 women compared with states that didn’t expand the program.

Permanently create a path for licensure for Certified Professional Midwives by editing Title 8, Article 140, section 6955 of New York’s Education Law and Subpart 79-5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. 34 out of the 50 states have recognized the valuable role that community midwives play in support reproductive health and reducing racial inequalities in outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo briefly lifted these restrictions for 2 months when the need for community health workers was dire. The pandemic has not ended and New Yorkers continue to demand respectful healthcare that midwives can offer. New Yorkers need and deserve more qualified midwives. In fact, the first Black-owned Midwifery School was just accredited to offer education for direct entry midwives and under the current New York law, graduates of the school would not be able to practice in New York, despite their experience. In a time where we need more Black and Brown Midwives, it is outrageous that these health care providers continue not just to be restricted but criminalized.

To co-sponsor and/or Support S02888A/A00318-A that would require all care-providers to provide written communication on the potential risks of cesarean surgery on maternal and infant injuries, impact on future pregnancies and births; and circumstances in which cesarean birth may be necessary. This is imperative so that all birthing people are fully informed and aware of the risks of cesarean birth especially since the Cesarean Section Rate at 33.9% in New York State, at is the 12th highest in the United States.

To amend New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients to include statistics and racial data on maternal deaths, third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths, and birth related injuries. This information is critical in the fight against New York’s maternal mortality crisis and vast racial disparities in maternal health. In light of the ongoing Black maternal mortality crisis, we insist this law be expanded to include reporting on maternal deaths, before, during and up to six weeks after childbirth; third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths; hemorrhage; and injuries related to childbirth including damage to tissue and organs during Cesarean Birth, third and fourth degree tearing; with a racial break down on all data points.

To co-sponsor and/or Support S7147 that will expand Medicaid benefits to one year postpartum. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that roughly one-third of all pregnancy-related deaths occur one week to one year after a pregnancy ends. In some states, the number is much higher. In Illinois, for example, 56 percent of pregnancy-associated deaths occurred between 43 and 364 days postpartum. For women enrolled in Medicaid during—and on the basis of—pregnancy, the postpartum period can be particularly ominous for their health. Providing 12 months of continuous coverage after the end of pregnancy can help. Specifically, access to Medicaid expansion has been associated with 1.6 fewer maternal deaths per 100,000 women compared with states that didn’t expand the program.

Permanently create a path for licensure for Certified Professional Midwives by editing Title 8, Article 140, section 6955 of New York’s Education Law and Subpart 79-5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. 34 out of the 50 states have recognized the valuable role that community midwives play in support reproductive health and reducing racial inequalities in outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo briefly lifted these restrictions for 2 months when the need for community health workers was dire. The pandemic has not ended and New Yorkers continue to demand respectful healthcare that midwives can offer. New Yorkers need and deserve more qualified midwives. In fact, the first Black-owned Midwifery School was just accredited to offer education for direct entry midwives and under the current New York law, graduates of the school would not be able to practice in New York, despite their experience. In a time where we need more Black and Brown Midwives, it is outrageous that these health care providers continue not just to be restricted but criminalized.

You can email your representative here.

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