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2019 Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships

Help us make an even bigger impact this year by giving to the AABC Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Fund!


"It was an honor to have had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Birth Institute.  My attendance would not have been possible without the AABC Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship.  This conference was amazing because I was surrounded by many individuals from different organizations, locations, and cultural backgrounds who share the same passion.  It was very inspiring and motivating as I networked with so many compassionate individuals who made themselves available to me during my journey as a student midwife.  This conference definitely reassured me that I’m on the right path following my calling and that I am not alone." 

- Leticia Fernandez, BSN, RN, SNM



In 2018, AABC established the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship program and awarded 11 scholarships to the AABC Birth Institute.  AABC continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization, including promoting diversity in birth center providers and birth centers that provide culturally sensitive care to women and communities at risk.


Your donation will be used to award full scholarships to attend the 2019 AABC Birth Institute!  Each AABC Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship includes a conference registration, travel stipend, ticket to the AABC Foundation's Gala to Grow Birth Centers, and a one-year Individual membership to AABC.


Donations at all levels are graciously accepted.  Here's how your donation can help:

  • $1,200 provides a full scholarship
  • $500 provides a travel stipend
  • $350 provides conference registration for a student
  • $125 provides a ticket to the AABC Foundation's Gala to Grow Birth Centers

We have been challenged by an anonymous donor who will fund 5 scholarships if we can raise funds for 5 more scholarships by Mothers Day - Sunday, May 12th. 

  • Donate $1,200 - Not only will this provide a full scholarship, but you will also receive a shareable diversity and inclusion champion badge
  • All donors who give $250 or more are invited to a reception with the scholarship recipients at the 2019 Birth Institute.

Our goal is for AABC conferences and the member community to include, encourage, and recognize people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.

Hear from some of our 2018 Scholarship Recipients


"As a scholarship recipient, I was matched with a conference mentor.  My mentor met with me over the phone prior to the Birth Institute to find out what my goals were and to guide me in having the best possible experience.  I immediately felt welcome and seen and heard.  My mentor continued to engage with me during the Birth Institute to check in, and met with me again by phone to debrief as I waited at the airport to go home.

My mentor encouraged me to join an AABC committee when the opportunity arose and even cheered me on through a recent job search.  The experience of receiving a Diversity & Inclusion scholarship to the AABC Birth Institute has significantly contributed to my personal and professional growth and I am only eager to continue to give back to improve maternity care outcomes for as many families as possible."

 - Eva Fried, DNP, WHNP, CNM  (Read more about Eva's experience here)


"In October of 2018 I received the Diversity & Inclusion scholarship from AABC.  Receiving this scholarship permitted me the opportunity to learn about birth centers and how AABC plays an integral part of the birth community.  The funding provided me an opportunity to connect with persons critical to the birthing center networks."

- Trinisha Williams, CM, LM, MPH, FACCE, LCCE, LC 
Director of Midwifery, Brooklyn Midwifery Group & Brooklyn Birthing Center


What is the birth institute?

The Birth Institute is the annual conference of the 
American Association of Birth Centers.  The 13th Annual Birth Institute: Birth Centers - Uniting Providers in an Integrated System will be held in Orlando, Florida from September 12th through the 15th, 2019.  Visit to learn more about AABC or become a member!


    • Networking, networking, networking!

      • Clinical sessions to keep your practice current

      • Administrative sessions focused on timely business issues

      • Exhibit Hall and MUCH MORE!


      Are you interested in applying for a Diversity & Inclusion scholarship?  Join our mailing list to be the first to know when the application period opens.  Questions?  Email Kate Slider at

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