The Developing Families Center in Washington, D.C., provides health and social support services to young women and their families in the city's low-income, Black neighborhoods. The facility houses three separate but collaborative programs:
The facility opened in 2000 and remained ongoing in early 2010, when this report was written.
Establishment of the Developing Families Center gave low-income pregnant women of inner-city Washington a source of personalized maternity care and access to a range of support services.
Although initially smaller than anticipated, use of the midwife birthing service increased steadily.
Based on the birth center's data, pregnant women receiving care there had better outcomes than pregnant women in the city as a whole.
The financial self-sufficiency of the facility remained unrealized.