Willow Wish is a gift program seeking to make the Birth Center experience available to any family in Arizona who would choose a Birth Center setting, regardless of their ability to pay out-of-pocket. Although the midwifery care at the Birth Center is generally covered by insurance, the facility fee of $3,500-5,000 is not. This amount remains the responsibility of the birthing family. We are writing gifts to deserving families because it is our belief that peaceful, evidence-based care should be an option for all.
Evidence shows that patients at Birth Centers are having better outcomes than consumers of the traditional hospital system. Birth in the United States is currently dominated by the doctor-hospital model system. The US has higher rates of infant and maternal mortality than in comparable countries, even though we spend more per capita on patients than any country in the world. Evidence shows that patients at Birth Centers have higher rates of breastfeeding, lower rates of cesarean birth, higher patient satisfaction, and lower rates of forceps delivery. All these factors lead to better outcomes for mothers and babies. This kind of patient-centered care has the potential to reverse the abysmal maternal and infant mortality rates that mothers and babies face in our country.
We are hosting several events this year to build on the success of our January 2019 fundraisers. Our year-end fundraising goal is $75,000, and we are hoping that you will help us reach that goal. By becoming one of our donors, you will help us fund more gifts for Arizona families who are wishing for a Birth Center experience. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We could not do what we do without amazing donors like you.
Hear the story of how to local midwives set out to change birth stories in our state.
P.O. Box 51028
Phoenix, Arizona 85076