A new option for soon to be mothers is coming to Acadiana. The first owned freestanding birth center is now here in the state of Louisiana.
It has been a long journey for start up businesses, especially during the covid pandemic. Shatamia Webb faced them while working to find a birth center and being pregnant.
“I couldn't imagine myself doing anything different. I know women need this” Shatamia Webb Said.
Delivering home births has been a lifestyle for shatamia webb for years and now it’s continuing with Baby Catcher Birth Centers.
“I started thinking about it last year and then covid hit and I just went to work because I got so busy with covid and clients and everything. It slowed down a little bit so I said let me start looking again and I found a building and a month later we closed.”
While working hard to bring babies into the world during covid-19, Webb was expecting her own.
“I delivered my last baby, two days before i went to labor” Shatamia Webb Said.
As many blessings and challenges arised , The moment to create a center for women of color was top priority as black mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy related complications more than white women according to cdc.
“I wanted to provide this another option for women that didn't want to go into the hospital and that wanted something different. Wanted to have a natural birth with more personable care.” Shatamia Webb Said.
Baby Catcher Birth Center will have have small inovations which will include two birth suits and offices with spaces for other businesses to rent rooms out. The projected date for this birth center to officially open to the public is the end of July.