BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.

"Thank you for being there in my time of need.
I really appreciate it truly from the bottom of my heart
because times like that it's hard being alone...
I'm sure if other women are in need of a friend,
you will be there."
– Birth Sister Client

Giving birth is a special time in a woman's life. It is a chance to make healthy lifestyle choices for herself and her baby, a time to reach out for needed resources, and an opportunity to form deeper connections with her community.

The Birth Sisters Program is an innovative multi-cultural doula service that offers women "sister-like" support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period.

Trained to give social support to at-risk mothers in their community and connect them to needed resources, Birth Sisters offer prenatal home visits, labor support, and help at home after the baby comes. By "mothering the mother", they play an important role in empowering women, their children, and their communities.

Who are the Birth SistersSM?

  • Women trained in labor-support techniques and breastfeeding.
  • BMC employees who work with the doctor or midwife as a member of the health care team.

What Do They Do?

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.

How Do They Help?

  • Fewer C-sections
  • Better Breastfeeding
  • Happier Births

To arrange for a Birth Sister, speak with the midwife or doctor, or call: 617.414.5168.

The midwives and physicians of the BMC Division of Community Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in most BMC-affiliated Neighborhood Health Centers. Call 617.414.5785 or 617.414.5983 for the BMC - affiliated health center closest to home.