As a birth photographer, I have the opportunity to visit a variety of birthing spaces. Each time I enter a new one, I wonder what it would feel like to give birth there. I admire a wide window that allows the afternoon light to pour in. I touch a hospital pillow to determine its firmness. I listen to an older brother or a sister laughing in the room down the hall. I take in the presence of the nurses or doctors or midwives who provide care. I watch. I listen. I feel.
Last week, I had the opportunity visit a new birthing space: the Birth Center of Boulder. The moment I entered through the door, I was overwhelmed with feelings of peace and beauty. From the warm demeanor of the staff to the beautiful tapestries and artwork that adorn the wall, the Birth Center of Boulder exuded a feminine power that sucked me right in.
The Birth Center of Boulder is in its first year of serving mamas in Colorado. The rooms below speak for themselves (they are even more stunning in person) so I’ll talk instead about the sense of community that already exists in this space. The Birth Center is collaboratively owned by a group of women who are passionate about birth. Angela Stevens, Shaunti Meyer, Jenifer James, Marian Stonacek, and Elizabeth Irvin were friends before they were business partners. After an exploratory journey to New Mexico to visit an established birth center, these women came back to Boulder and worked tirelessly to see their vision become a reality.
Now, as the Birth Center of Boulder approaches its first birthday, it not only provides a space for women to birth, but it also provides a space for women to connect. The community room welcomes both pregnant and postpartum women to a variety of classes and opportunities for connection. During my visit, I had the opportunity to peek in. I saw midwives happily greeting their clients and their babies. I saw laughter and embraces. I saw joy.
If you’re pregnant and want to see for yourself, the Birth Center holds an orientation and tour the first Saturday and the third Tuesday of each month. Be sure to visit their site for more details.