Upcoming Cleveland birthing center to help reduce maternal and infant mortality

CLEVELAND — A local non-profit is working to improve Cleveland’s status of being the worst city for Black women by offering a new option for expectant mothers.

It may be just a vacant lot now, but soon the land at the intersection of East 65th Street and Chester Avenue in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood will be home to something designed for expectant Black mothers. It will be Northeast Ohio’s only freestanding community-led, Black-led birthing center, according to the non-profit Birthing Beautiful Communities, which is behind the up-and-coming birthing center, which has been in the works since 2017.

B.B.C. President and CEO Jazmin Long told News 5’s Courtney Gousman this center has been a dream for them to achieve.