Our founder, Sherley Young, first Medical Director, Steve Ellen, MD, and first midwife, Edie Wonnell, CNM exemplified creative courage. They imagined a different paradigm of care for childbearing families in this region and planted the seed for the thriving, out-of-hospital model of care that has deep roots in our community today.
The Birth Center was housed in a cozy brick Victorian home on County Line Road in Bryn Mawr, across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital. After seven years of serving childbearing people, TBC successfully financed and purchased the building in 1985, supported in large part by donated funds from the community. This also allowed TBC to renovate their facility to include two full birthing suites, two exam rooms, an office, a kitchen, and a meeting space.
Interest in out-of-hospital birth continued to grow, reflected by a steady increase in clientele. By the turn of the century, it became clear that TBC leadership would have to consider expansion into a larger and more modern facility.