The Midwife Center welcomes you to Pittsburgh for the
American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute!
If you've never been here, we promise you'll be surprised at the beauty, charm and character of this former steel town.
In our industrial heyday we were known as the Smoky City, but now our City of Bridges (446 bridges to be exact) is known as one of the most livable cities in the country. With world-class museums, art galleries and performing arts, a vibrant food scene, top universities, beautiful topography and 90 distinct neighborhoods brimming with character, we're thrilled to call this history-rich city home and are so excited to welcome you here.
You'll also get to see firsthand the progress The Midwife Center is making on expanding our beautiful birth center, which was founded in 1982. Once our expansion is complete, we will have more than 11,000 square feet to include two new birth suites, three new exam rooms, and a classroom to accommodate more comprehensive services like behavioral health, phlebotomy, classes and support groups. Learn more about our goals and plans at transform.midwifecenter.org.
When you arrive at the Omni William Penn Hotel, arguably the most stunning hotel in Pittsburgh, take a stroll around our compact and architecturally-beautiful Downtown. Downtown is accessible to walking paths along the river, bike rentals at Golden Triangle Bike Rental, boat tours and beautiful bridges.
If you're hungry or in the mood for happy hour, there are a ton of options within walking distance. Close by is The Commoner inside nearby Hotel Monaco with hearty American classics; Nicky's Thai Kitchen, which will delight both vegetarians and meat-eaters; Tako for Mexican street food and margaritas; and Sienna Mercato for rooftop dining in the heart of Pittsburgh's bustling cultural district. Want to catch the Pittsburgh Symphony, comedy, or Kinky Boots (attention: Cyndi Lauper fans)? Be sure to check out the Cultural District's calendar for events galore within walking distance of the Omni.
There are a lot of food and coffee spots Downtown, plus many we haven't even checked out yet, so search Yelp to find your next favorite tapas bar or charming hole-in-the-wall. Also be sure to relax in Market Square for more people-watching and restaurants, including the world-famous Primanti's where you can get a Pittsburgh classic - a sandwich with slaw and fries on it.
A trip to Downtown wouldn't be complete without a ride on the Duquesne Incline, built in 1877 and still used by Downtown commuters. The incline takes you up Mount Washington for one of the most stunning views of Pittsburgh. Don't like heights? Opt for a relaxing evening at the fountain in Point State Park.
The Midwife Center is located in the nearby Strip District. From Downtown, take a city bus, walk or ride bike-share bikes to our home in the the historic Strip District. This area is jam-packed with fresh produce, ethnic groceries and street vendors, and is bustling with both locals and tourists enjoying a meal, grocery shopping or the wide variety of Pittsburgh-sports gear for sale. Some favorite places include Gaucho Parrilla for wood-fired Argentinian sandwiches; the tiny espresso bar La Prima; Bar Marco for dinner and cocktails; Salem's Market & Grill for middle eastern food (also the food and wine spot for our Friday birth center tour!); Enrico Biscotti for traditional Italian pastries; Thin Man for creative and fresh sandwiches; and 21st Street Coffee and Tea for Intelligensia coffee (they also have a Downtown location). For a little art and history in the Strip, check out Contemporary Craft's gallery featuring international, national and regional artists and the Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania's largest history museum.
Just across the Allegheny River from Downtown, Pittsburgh's North Side is home to The Andy Warhol Museum where you can get your pop art fix; The Mattress Factory featuring contemporary and experimental art installations; and The National Aviary. Catch a Pittsburgh Pirates home game against the Nationals or the Cubs at PNC Park, situated at the confluence of our three rivers with a gorgeous view of Downtown from every seat.
Pittsburgh's bustling Oakland neighborhood of universities (Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and Carlow) and students is home to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the edge of Schenley Park, the Nationality Rooms inside Pitt's gothic-style Cathedral of Learning, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and much more.
If you plan to spend some extra time in town before or after the conference, be sure to check out the South Side, Lawrenceville and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods for dining, nightlife and unique Pittsburgh charm. Fallingwater, while 70 miles outside Pittsburgh, is definitely worth the trip and is situated close to hiking and other outdoor activities in the Ohiopyle region.
We looking forward to meeting you. Enjoy your stay in Pittsburgh!
Christine Haas, Executive Director
Ann McCarthy, CNM, MSN, Clinical Director
The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health