About

GoodBirth is a global network midwifery centers that are expanding models of care and best practices for maternal and child care. The centers support each other in the challenge of providing high quality community-based care in resource poor settings. Their goal is to both improve quality of care and women’s experience of care.

The GoodBirth network has included 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.

Facilitators of the GoodBirth Network

Jennifer Stevens DrPH, CNM, MS, RN

Jen is a researcher, educator, and speaker on the midwifery model of care, midwifery centers, and safe childbirth standards. She has led midwife education in Bangladesh, India, and Haiti. She continues as a consultant for UNFPA and WHO, while leading the GoodBirth Network.

Christina Alonso DrPH, MPH, CPM

Cris Alonso is an advocate and author for women’s healthcare rights. She founded the Luna Maya birth centers in Mexico as well as the Mexican Midwifery Association. She has written a manual for opening and operating birth centers in resource poor settings, now in English, French, and Spanish. She has created innovative programs in resource poor communities of the United States during the COVID pandemic.