Are traditional hospital births the only option available to DC mothers? Far from it.

In this week’s installation of #MaternalMondays, HyeSook Chung, DC’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, pays a visit to Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8. Community of Hope provides a nurturing environment and continuum of services and care for future, expectant and new mothers across three centers in the District, regardless of insurance or financial situation.

Using a centering midwifery model, Community of Hope offers prenatal and postpartum care with better birth outcomes and satisfaction, while promoting and educating mothers on breastfeeding, nutrition and contraception. Focusing on warm and personal relationship-based care, Community of Hope further supports pregnant mothers with fellowship opportunities and two-hour information sessions every two weeks starting at 24 weeks. Empowering mothers with vast prenatal and postpartum support and services, Community of Hope embraces DC mothers whether they chose to deliver at their facility, the only freestanding birth center in DC, or in a traditional hospital environment.