Urban Midwifery Center Featured on CNN's Great Big Story for Improving Birth Outcomes for Women of Color

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Supermodel Christie Turlington-Burns focuses national attention on the important work of The Community Birth Center in 2016.

The Community Birth Center (http://lacommunitybirth.com) is a trailblazing force for change in Women's Health, particularly in the underserved urban communities of color. The TCBC midwives are improving birth outcomes for black mothers in Los Angeles, and ally ChristieTurlington-Burns - Supermodel & Founder of Every Mother Counts (http://www.everymothercounts.org) - has helped launch the center into the national spotlight.

Christy Turlington-Burns was introduced to TCBC over the summer of 2015. She visited and was so moved by Lawler and her work that she submitted TCBC's story to Producers Sadie Bass and Andrew Lampard from The Great Big Story, a subsidiary of CNN. They contacted Lawler about producing a short Op-Doc and she enthusiastically agreed. After shooting Racha's daily life as a midwife and mother the final piece was cut and released in early 2016. It perfectly articulates the beautiful nuances of TCBC's vital community work.


In LA, black women are two to three times more likely to suffer pre-mature birth and infant mortality within the first year than all other populations. Racha Tahani Lawler CPM, LM and founder of TCBC and her team are turning these grim statistics around, one mother at a time. Lawler opened her center in a densely populated, urban area of Los Angeles in order to make informed birth options available to black mothers who struggle to find options for progressive women's healthcare.

Hailing from a long line of midwives, and with over 600 births under her belt, Racha brings much needed wisdom and experience to her mid-city community. This year alone she has had only one pre-mature baby out of more than 100. This is a vastly better than hospitals whose numbers hover around 15%.

"Racha is equal parts nurturing health care provider and fearless soldier for birth outcome equality." says former client and mother of four, Becca Braren. "Racha is doing the work, everyday, and it's such very important work.", says Jennie Joseph, Founder of CommonSense Childbirth and Board Member of the National Association of Birth Centers of Color. She is celebrated in Los Angeles and across California, and with continued media support she hopes to become a national leader in progressive women's healthcare.

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