Midwives provide birthing services to a wide spectrum of expectant mothers, from those in under-served communities to families seeking alternatives to the conventional hospital deliveries. But some activists are now sounding alarms, after two local birthing centers announced they’re closing their doors. We explore the local infrastructure for expecting families.


  • Diana R. Jolles CNM MS; General Director, Family Health & Birth Center
  • Larissa A. Guran MPH CD (DONA); President, Birth Options Alliance- Capital Area, formerly Takoma Park Birthing Circle
  • Mark Hathaway OB/GYN, Division Director for Outreach, OB/GYN Services, Washington Hospital Center; Associate Medical Director, Unity Health Care's OB/GYN Services
  • Claudia Booker Midwife birth assistant; Washington DC Representative for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)

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