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.

Click Here to see our poster for the 1000th Baby and 10th Anniversary Community Party

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:

 

Attendees waiting to go inside the birth center during the Grand Opening

Attendees waiting to go inside the birth center during the Grand Opening

 

Ina May Gaskin, signing her then new book "Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth," and chatting with a pregnant mama at our Grand Opening.

Ina May Gaskin, signing her then new book “Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth,” and chatting with a pregnant mama at our Grand Opening.

 

This is the back birth suite tub and bathroom during the remodel.

BEFORE

Spacious tub and hand-held shower in each birth suite.

AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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