The birth centre, spanning 3,000 square feet, features three fully stocked birth suites, exam rooms, and teaching areas. While not a full-scale hospital, the facility is equipped with essential medical supplies, including oxygen, IVs, and medicines, ensuring a safe environment for expectant mothers.
The midwife’s concern addresses the alarming maternal mortality rate among Black women, which is three times higher than their white counterparts, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2021 report.
Farole believes that increasing the presence of midwives during deliveries can contribute to lowering this statistic, especially in light of hospital cuts in labor and delivery departments and systemic healthcare gaps in ethnic neighborhoods.
Despite progress, Farole acknowledges the persistent stigma against doulas and midwives and their effectiveness in ensuring safe and healthy births compared to traditional medical providers. Washington has taken steps to address this by allocating financial and training resources to increase the number of out-of-hospital birthing professionals.