1 big thing: Ohio’s first Black-led, free-standing birth center

The nonprofit Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), Cleveland’s only organization dedicated solely to improving birth outcomes for Black mothers and children, has launched its first-ever capital campaign with the goal of building a birthing center in Hough.

Why it matters: The funding will help pay for the construction of a $15 million facility in a historically redlined neighborhood that is nearly 90% Black and has an infant mortality rate far higher than the national average.