Safer Birth in Bama formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2015. Jessica Thompson, a registered nurse and her husband Dr. Jeremy Thompson laid the foundation for Safer Birth in Bama in 2015. They founded with the mission to increase access to care and improve outcomes through education about the importance of not only access to care, but access to high quality evidence based care in and out of hospitals across the state for birthing mothers. The Thompsons have 5 biological children and serve as foster parents as well. The Thompsons began this journey after experiencing evidenced based care with their first pregnancy that ended in a high risk category due to preeclampsia with early stages of HELLP syndrome. As more children joined the family they experienced low risk pregnancies and ultimately sought out low risk providers. The last 3 were born in out of hospital settings with Certified Professional Midwives.
As medical professionals the Thompsons saw the importance of filling in the gaps in care. Alabama mothers specifically faced hurdles to access certified midwifery care in and out of the hospital and while that was a matter of preference many others lacked proper access to an obstetrician within a safe driving distance as well as a safe place to deliver. Only 28 of 67 Counties in Alabama had a hospital where a woman could delivery. That was a problem.
Safer Birth in Bama has been honored to have a multitude of incredible volunteer board members and advisors over the years. None of our board is payed and we formed with the intention that money would not sway our focus on the evidence or the facts.