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Why We Do This Work

We asked our staff why they engaged in birth work. Below are their responses.

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"Meet KJ, my son, the first Birth Bundle Baby at RVM. Early in pregnancy it became clear that I had a high-risk pregnancy and would need to work with an OB. We partnered with a kind and gentle OB who worked closely with my midwife and co-managed my care until I needed to be hospitalized and prepare for delivery. My many doulas who were midwives, cousins, sisters, friends, aunties, my mom and even my clients supported me during my hospital stay and our NICU journey and beyond.
It was like I went into a safe and protected cave to have my baby, and I was s
urrounded and cared for by just the right people at just the right time.

I continue to do this work, because I had support during the scariest moment of my life, becoming a mother! I want to create that safe space for other families who look like me. I want to bring together providers- midwives, physicians, doulas, lactations specialist, mental health specialist and create a trusting team that empowers clients to safely welcome their healthy baby into this world.
It takes a special group of people to create this healing magic.

- Tara Lawal, Executive Director

"Meet my children Delario and Amaria. Throughout my pregnancy with Amaria, I constantly stressed about being able to give birth with Delario present due to covid restrictions while also having a support system from a midwife and doula I did not have during my delivery with Delario.

Having a home birth with RVM completely differed from birthing in the hospital. I went from having one of the most traumatic hospital experiences to one of the most beautifully serene, uncomplicated births ever. 

I had the pleasure of having Jodilyn as my Midwife, and she helped turn my stressful pregnancy into the most beautiful and calming experience ever. I do this work because RVM gave me a chance to have the safest and healthiest pregnancy and delivery. I would not have had the opportunity to experience it without them. 

I am a part of this team because I want to help others get the best prenatal and postpartum care ever in any way. 


- Takevia Johnson, Medical Receptionist

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Rainier Valley Birth & Health Center is a non-profit organization that is determined to provide our community with high quality, compassionate, and culturally relevant pregnancy and reproductive healthcare.

When you provide a financial gift to RVBHC, you join our cause and directly support families within the community. No matter how little or big your financial gift is, by donating you are changing the lives of the growing families around you. 

For larger donation amounts, we strongly encourage writing a check.

Please make checks out to the South Seattle Women's Health Foundation and mail them to:

Rainier Valley Birth & Health Center

4704 S Mead St.

Seattle, WA 98118

To make a donation in memory/honor of someone, please include their name and the contact information of anyone you wish to be notified of the gift. 

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Rainier Valley Midwives is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Our tax ID # 47-3348689. A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide with your donation.

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