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December 19, 2023

Henry Ford Health Expresses Unprecedented Support for Birth Detroit, the City’s First Community Birth Center


September 13, 2023

Birth Detroit's $4M Campaign Nearing Goal to Open Michigan's First Black-led Birth Center in 2024

October 7, 2021

Birth Detroit celebrates one year of midwifery-led prenatal and postpartum care to Detroit families

November 25, 2020

Birth Detroit Slated to Open City's First Freestanding Community Birth Center in 2021

In the news

Michigan Chronicle, October 30, 2023

Women Steer a Bold Midwifery Movement in Detroit


Outlier Media, September 5, 2023

Birth Detroit addresses Black infant mortality rate

WDIV Channel 4 Detroit, July 14, 2023

Building community through building families A birth center providing safe births for mothers in Detroit

the examined family, March 30, 2023

'Freedom dreaming is in our blood' 5 questions for public health visionary Leseliey Welch

MLIVE, Politics & Elections, March 17, 2023

Changes to maternal health policy in Michigan could save lives of Black women

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, March 16, 2023

Maternal health disparities: Community Foundation invests in Black women-led nonprofits working to close the gap


WXYZ Channel 7 Detroit, March 15, 2023

 Detroit midwife clinic works to cut pregnancy-related deaths for Black women

Ebony Magazine, November 25, 2022

How Leseliey Welch is Putting Black Maternal Health in the Spotlight and Her Push for More Black Birthing Centers


Because of Them We Can, October 25, 2022

Meet Leseliey Welch, The Woman Who's Saving Moms and Their Newborns With Her New Birth Center Initiative

Black Enterprise, October 22, 2022

Birth Detroit, a Premiere Black-Owned Birthing Center, Finds Home

Forbes Online, Oct 19, 2022

Meet The Black Entrepreneur Working To Save The Lives Of Birthing Mothers And Their Babies

BLAC Detroit Magazine online: October 7, 2022

Birth Detroit, a Premiere Black-Owned Birthing Center, Finds Home

Michigan Chronicle, Daily Digital, October 3, 2022

New Birthing Center Aims to Help Black Mothers in Detroit

WXYZ Channel 7 Detroit, Sep 12, 2022

Detroit's first stand-alone birth center bringing more options to expecting mothers

United Way for Southeastern Michigan, July 18, 2022 


University of Michigan, Detroit Online, APRIL 25, 2022

Birth Detroit co-founder says opening during pandemic accelerated her “heart’s work”


Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 2, 2022

Inside 2 Capital Campaigns Upending Big-Donation Traditions

Bridge Detroit, March 17, 2022

Birth Detroit helps Black moms take control of their birthing experience


Every Child Thrives, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, December 13, 2021 

With women: Supporting community-based midwives

IFF, November 16, 2021

Birth Detroit Reimagines Maternal and Infant Care with Plan for Community-Based, Black-led Birth Centers

CISION PR Newswire, Nov 25, 2020

Birth Detroit Slated to Open City's First Freestanding Community Birth Center in 2021

Obstetrics Initiative, April 16, 2020

Improving Black Maternal Health in Michigan: Birth Detroit

FOX 2 Detroit, August 30, 2019

4 Detroit women-owned businesses awarded grants


Model D, March 19, 2019

Detroit Pop-up Midwifery Clinic wants to get neighbors talking about birthing options

America Dissected w/ Abdul El-Sayed

Episode 8, Cradle and All, Podcast Interview




OpEd: Midwifery care improves health outcomes – and is cost-effective

Author: Leseliey Welch

The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing ; April/June 2022 - Volume 36 - Issue 2

We Are Not Asking Permission to Save Our Own Lives Black-Led Birth Centers to Address Health Inequities

Authors: Welch, Leseliey MPH, MBA; Branch Canady, Renee PhD, MPA; Harmell, Chelsea MPH; White, Nicole BS, CPM; Snow, Char'ly MSN, CNM; Kane Low, Lisa PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Rewire News, April 15, 2020 

Birth Centers are Crucial for Communities of Color, Especially in the Pandemic

Authors: Leseliey Welch and Nashira Baril

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