Giving First for May 2024: Neighborhood Birth Center (NBC)

Each month we divide our morning offering between First Parish and an organization chosen by our Social Justice Committee. This month we are funding the work of Neighborhood Birth Center (NBC).

Neighborhood Birth Center’s mission is to offer comprehensive midwifery care throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period by integrating an independent community birth center in Boston’s healthcare and community landscape. Birth is a sacred process, and when the pregnant person is centered, the experience has the power to transform and heal individuals, families and communities.
Their work is guided by the belief that the world we want to live in – from a healthy family to a healthy planet – requires the reimagination of healthcare and the equitable redistribution of capital.

Neighborhood Birth Center (NBC) will be only the second independent birth center in Massachusetts when it opens in 2025. Mystic Valley Action for Reproductive Justice is supportive of NBC’s goals of addressing a critical need for birthing options outside of hospitals. In some communities of color, hospitals have a well-earned reputation for being unwelcoming and unhealthy choices. A recent Massachusetts commission on racial inequities in maternal health identified increased access to birth centers as an important step toward reducing inequities. Support of NBC can be viewed as an element of the First Parish racial justice program. There are many ways that First Parish can be supportive of the Neighborhood Birth Center through their volunteer program as well as pending legislation that would eliminate unwarranted and costly regulatory requirements on birth centers bringing the regulations in line with national standards.

Please give generously.