Midwifery Centers

The GoodBirth network includes midwifery centers in 24 middle and low income countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leon, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Venezuela. GoodBirth continues to map and build a global directory of midwifery centers.


Cynthia Ingar PhD

Cynthia Ingar is a Peruvian doctor of anthropology, specialized in medical anthropology and reproduction. She is mother to three children, and is trained as a Doula and women’s health educator. Her research has been centered in Andean women’s reproductive health and autonomy, intercultural health, authoritative knowledge dynamics, and the politics of reproduction. She is the founder of Hampi Warmi (2008), an intercultural reproductive health community-centered project designed to empower Andean women and girls in Peru through woman-centered knowledge, and to strengthen and revitalize community Andean midwifery and local feminine wisdom, and networking with other indigenous wise-woman traditions in the Region. She is a holistic/ autonomous midwifery student (AAMI).   

Jennifer Stevens DrPH, CNM, MS, RN

Jennifer is a midwifery researcher, educator, and speaker. She holds a doctorate of public health from Boston University. Her professional publications address the midwifery model of care, midwifery centers, and safe childbirth standards. She has led midwife education in Bangladesh, India, and Haiti. In 2016, she co-founded the GoodBirth Network. She continues as a consultant for UNFPA and WHO, while leading the GoodBirth Network.

Christina Alonso DrPH, MPH, CPM

Cris is an advocate and author for women’s healthcare rights. She is a certified professional midwife and holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University. Prior to moving to Boston, Cristina lived in Central America and Mexico for almost 20 years, where she spearheaded movements to professionalize and integrate midwifery into national healthcare systems. She founded the Luna Maya birth centers in Mexico as well as the Mexican Midwifery Association. In addition to her profession research and editorial publications, Cris is the author of GoodBirth’s manual for opening and operating birth centers in resource poor settings, now in English, French, and Spanish.

Currently, Cris serves as the health equity director for La Colaborativa in Chelsea, Massachusetts and works with the American College of Nurse Midwives on strengthening midwifery in Afghanistan.

Cristina is an advocate for community-owned and empowered health care options. She believes that local communities know what is best for their health and well-being. She works to bridge healthcare systems with local voices and needs in ways that are relevant and accessible.

Stan Shaffer MD MTS

Stan is a retired neonatologist and now an aspirational sailor, while continuing to assist GoodBirth Network projects. He is a career advocate of the midwifery model of care and preventative neonatology. Stan co-founded Maison de Naissance in Haiti in 2004 and then the GoodBirth Network in 2016 in order to facilitate the sharing of best practices among birth centers globally. Past pleasures include directing the Healthy Mothers – Healthy Babies Foundation, the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, the UMKC School of Medicine Global Health Program, and the NICU’s of the St. Luke’s Healthcare System in Kansas City.