“I had just moved from Mexico, so I didn’t have any friends. Through Centering, I was able to connect with other mothers. It gave me a sense of community and belonging.”
–Jhovana Contreras Bruboa
Jhovana Contreras Bruboa, patient at Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital, with her son, Valentino
Meet Julie Ann
Jennifer Braddock, Midwifery Manager, Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital
Black Centering seeks to cultivate community and empowerment and love within yourself.
–Bryonna Mathews, Certified nurse-midwife
"I want to tell our mamas that we DO see their resilience, their bright light, and their yearning to do better for their babies, and it’s inspiring to us."
–Sonia Van Braden, Certified nurse-midwife
"No matter how wonderful my clinical skills are, I can’t provide great care if I can’t understand the values of my patient."
–Dalila Melkumyan, certified nurse-midwife
"I wanted to work with low-income patients, and even more specifically work here at Highland. This has really been my dream."
–Laura Todaro, Certified nurse-midwife
“Finding and honoring patient autonomy is one of the most important things I can do. And making sure that a patient knows that every decision that’s made in the hospital is their decision and I’m here to support them.”