10 years and 1000+ babies after Ina May Gaskin cut our “umbicial cord” at Bellingham Birth Center’s Grand Opening in 2004, our center is happily humming along. We have a great crew of midwives, doulas, and birth assistants, several expert cleaners and landscapers, and many many happy babies and families to show for the community’s collective hard work and dedication. Located in the downstairs level of the birth center is the W.I.S.E Birth Doula Collective and Tending Moon Center, where a variety of birth-related classes and groups occur.
This upcoming party is intended to be more than just about the birth center, but also a celebration of our thriving midwifery and doula community in “BIRTHINGham,” as we are known. Collectively, our local licensed midwives attend 12% of Whatcom County births.
Just as we could not so easily have founded the birth center without the community’s support and donations (everything from refrigerators to couches were donated) and volunteer hours, the ongoing success of the birth center has been dependent on our entire community. Thanks, Everyone! And, let’s celebrate together October 5th.
Here are a few pictures from yesteryear, during our remodel and Grand Opening: