For Expectant Parents

Congratulations to soon-to-be moms and dads! When it is time to decide where baby will be born, BMC is an excellent choice. Comprehensive obstetric care is provided at BMC and at affiliated Community Health Centers. Prenatal care is provided by a variety of fully trained practitioners including OB/GYN physicians, family medicine specialists and certified nurse midwives. Every woman delivering a baby at BMC is eligible for labor support from the Birth Sisters doula program.


BMC has Specialized Expertise in the following Areas

  • Complications to mother's health including mothers over 35 years of age, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, HIV, lupus or sickle cell disease
  • History of pregnancy or childbirth complicated by recurrent miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery or fetal growth abnormality
  • Pregnancy complicated by cervical insufficiency, preterm labor, fetal abnormalities or multiple gestation

Contact Us

725 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
5th Floor
Shapiro Center
Monday, Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Specialty Clinics

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Sometimes women who are pregnant are considered “high-risk.” This includes mothers-to-be with chronic health problems as well as mothers who face unexpected problems during pregnancy like high blood pressure, early labor, or bleeding. For these women, BMC has Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians.


Learn more about our pregnancy services including Midwives, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Centering Pregnancy, Addiction and Pregnancy and Pregnancy Ultrasound

Labor and Delivery

BMC supports a full service tertiary care center for labor and delivery. Single family postpartum rooms are offered to mothers and their babies, giving them the privacy they need during recovery. Mothers can recover and parents can bond with their new baby.

Postpartum Care

After you welcome your new baby, you’ll be moved to a single family room in BMC’s postpartum unit. This gives new moms the privacy they need during recovery and parents the chance to bond with their new baby. Our staff is committed to making every birth a memorable and special occasion.

Programs and Services

Birth Sisters

The Birth Sister will meet the expectant mother when she is pregnant, stay with and support her during her labor, and visit her during the first week at home. She will help with laundry, errands, or the care of other children so mothers can be with their new baby.

Breastfeeding: The Boston Baby Cafés

As a new mom, breastfeeding can be hard. The Boston Baby Cafés are free drop-in sessions offering breastfeeding support from trained lactation professionals and information for new and soon-to-be mothers in the community. Join us in a relaxed, informal, and safe group environment. Boston Baby Cafés are presented in partnership with the Vital Village Breastfeeding Coalition.

Centering Pregnancy

BMC is proud to offer CenteringPregnancy®, a model of group prenatal care. Instead of having your prenatal visits individually in an exam room, your group of 8-12 women, who are all due around the same time meet 10-12 times during pregnancy.

Lactation Services

The Lactation Service at Boston Medical Center provides 7-day a week lactation care by IBCLC-certified lactation consultants. Our lactation specialists provide services for patients in the BirthPlace Postpartum Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Inpatient Unit, the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and the Adolescent Center.


Certified nurse-midwives are educated at the master’s degree level to provide women’s healthcare. They specialize in care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. They also provide family planning methods and routine healthcare for women.

Conditions We Treat

Diagnostics and Tests

Pregnancy Ultrasound

The Antenatal Testing Unit (ATU) provides care to women in need of routine weekly and bi-weekly testing as well as specialized care for those experiencing complications during pregnancy.

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Our Team

Aviva Lee-Parritz, MD

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Special Interests

Diabetes in pregnancy, cervical incompetence, surgical complications of pregnancy, maternal heart disease, medical complications of pregnancy

Ronald E Iverson, MD, MPH


Special Interests

Maternal health, obstetric safety, improving maternal patient outcomes (hemorrhage, hypertension, venous thrombotic embolus (VTE), opioid use disorder (OUD), and cesarean reduction)

Thamarah Crevecoeur, CNM, MSN, DrPH

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Immigrant health, global health, culturally specific care models, midwifery workforce development, racial maternal health disparities

Karen Cullen, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN

Special Interests

Evidence based/trauma informed care, body liberation, culturally humble care, promoting physiologic birth, anti-racism, interdisciplinary medical and nursing education

Anissa E Dickerson, CNM, MSN, MPH

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Immigrant and refugee health, family planning including abortion care, contraception and care during early pregnancy loss 

Estefany J Flores-Godaire, CNM, MPH

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

CenteringPregnancy, gestational diabetes, labor and birth, chest/breastfeeding, adolescent healthcare, mental health in pregnancy, family planning

Rosha N Forman, CNM, MSN

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Innovation in maternity care, postpartum depression, racial disparities in maternal health, shared decision making

Marie S Kourtelidis, CNM, MSN

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Postpartum care, postpartum depression, quality improvement, labor and delivery, breastfeeding

Onyemaechi C Onyekwu, CNM

Special Interests

Health equity and equality, substance use disorder in pregnancy, continuity of care

Kari A Radoff, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Shared decision making, quality improvement, perinatal health systems

Jo Anna L Rorie, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Special Interests

Free standing birth centers, community engagement

Diaz, Soledad (CNM)

Latortue Albino, Paula (MD)

Pam, LaKedra (MD)

Patient Resources

Hey Mama App

Congratulations soon-to-be parents! We are thrilled that you’ve chosen Boston Medical Center for care while you are pregnant. Maybe you are pregnant for the first time. Maybe you have been pregnant before. Either way, you probably have many questions, thoughts, and feelings. You also probably want to know how your baby is growing and how to take care of yourself. While you will have many visits with your provider during your pregnancy, the Hey Mama app contains a lot of great information to help you during your pregnancy.

Childbirth Education Workshops and Tours

Childbirth Education Workshops can help you to prepare for your upcoming delivery and birth of your newborn. We cover topics such as Stages of Labor, Medical interventions like epidural and scheduled C-sections, Comfort measures, Postpartum and Newborn Care.

Child Passenger Safety

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Massachusetts state law requires that all children under age 8 and less than 57 inches tall be properly fastened and secured in a federally approved car seat or booster seat. Boston Medical Center recognizes and uses the CDC’s Child Passenger Safety recommendations. Boston Medical Center requires all newborns leaving the hospital have an appropriate car seat prior to discharge home.

Provider Resources

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