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Louisiana's First Black Owned Birth Center Opens in Lafayette Parish

Soon to be mom's seeking a safe place to bring new life into the world, have a new option to give birth right here in Lafayette Parish.

Posted: Aug 21, 2021 8:10 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:37 AM

LAFAYETTE LA -- Hospitalization rates are reaching its highest numbers during this fourth surge leaving limited space for non covid-patients. Among those, soon to be mom's seeking a safe place to bring new life into the world, now have a new option to give birth right here in Lafayette parish.

Shatamia Webb is making her mark as the first African American woman in Louisiana to be the owner of a freestanding birth center.

“My biggest fear is going to the hospital and not walking out, just because of the statistics that are out there.” Shatamia Webb Said.

Webb wanted to dive deeper into her purpose as a Certified Professional Midwife with opening up a safe and warm building to those soon to be mothers starting their journey.

“I see them throughout their pregnancy. I see them just like they would normally see a doctor every month. Every month and every two weeks, until they deliver. they come to me in labor, they usually stay about five hours after they have their baby here and then i go to see them the very next day.” Shatamia Webb Said.

The Baby-Catcher Birth Center has two suites to house those families in need to give birth in the midst of Covid-19.

“I've seen a lot of the social media groups ; moms are very concerned with birthing at hospitals and just the covid protocols. Just not having their significant other there for even their appointments lending up.” Cassie Cully Said.

Cassie Cully , a mother who started her journey with The Baby-Catcher Birth Center , encourages those to educate themselves about home births

“Home birth is the way to go, research it, and check it out. It's great! moms are like but the pain? No , you are so much more relaxed. The pain doesn't feel anywhere near like when you are in the hospital.” Cassie Cully Said.

Webb has helped with over 130 births so far and she does not plan on stopping there. She is hoping to make a difference during this fourth surge of Covid-19.

The Baby-Catcher Birth Center will be opening services up as soon as Monday for anyone who is interested.

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