Program Related Investments

Midwifery Clinical Preceptor Empowerment Program

The Midwifery Clinical Education Empowerment Program was conceived and funded by the Developing Families Center (DFC) in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The Developing Families Center and ACNM are committed to identifying and supporting opportunities for increasing the diversity and capacity of the midwifery workforce. The DFC is passionate about increasing accessibility to midwifery care especially for vulnerable women and families in the District of Columbia. As the DFC experience has shown and the evidence supports: midwifery-led perinatal care services generate superior health outcomes for women and their families. 

The vision of the Midwifery Clinical Education Empowerment Program is to increase the capacity of the District of Columbia to support quality full scope clinical education experiences for midwifery students representing diverse or historically marginalized populations. The program will accomplish this by pairing supportive preceptors with intentionally selected students for two quarters or one academic semester in organizations that receive reimbursement to partially offset the institutional cost of accommodating student needs. Preceptors will be recognized and receive a monetary award to support professional development activities. 


Kaitlyn Estelle Mole, CNM, MSN
Kaitlyn is a midwife at George Washington University Hospital, Midwifery Service. She received at Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from John Hopkins University School of Nursing and pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Kaitlyn has several years of diverse experiences practicing across the region.

Elizabeth Lamme, CNM, APRN, WHNP-BC
Elizabeth “Liz” is a midwife with Women’s and Infants’ Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where she practices full-scope midwifery care. She received her Master of Science degree in midwifery and women’s health at Georgetown University and her bachelor’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University (nursing) and SUNY Geneseo (psychology). She is a 2016 candidate for certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Elizabeth believes that every midwife has the responsibility to support midwifery students and invest in the future of the profession.

May M. Wheelwright, CNM, MSN
May is a midwife at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is part of a team that provides full-scope midwifery care, including well-woman care, contraceptive counseling, preconception family planning, prenatal care, labor and birth support, and postpartum care. She is dedicated to helping grow the midwifery profession through mentorship and midwifery principles of collaboration, shared process, and honoring the expertise brought by all involved. May received a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles, before completing a Master of Science in Nurse- Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. She holds a Bachelor of ArtSociology from Wesleyan University. Before joining Midwives of MedStar, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse for nine years at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and then MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka,
Anayah is a midwife at George Washington University Hospital, Midwifery Service. She received a Master’s degree in Nursing from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. Anayah is a co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week, co-editor of Free to Breastfeed: Voices from Black Mothers (Praeclarus Press), and consultant with MomsRising.

Breastfeeding 101
Collaborating with Community of Hope (COH), DFC plans to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, and to foster positive support for breastfeeding by providing clearly identified resources to women in the target population. DFC believes it can make a difference as there are limited community-based education programs to promote and support breastfeeding in the area. This program was based on findings from a preliminary survey conducted by the Postpartum Team of the Women’s Health Equity Lab (DCPCA) that underscored the interest and the need. DFC leadership participated in the study design and process. 

Breastfeeding 101, particularly targets women who are not enrolled in pregnancy centering groups, and thereby affording more women access to breastfeeding information, resources, and encouragement. A COH Midwife provides instruction for all sessions. The sessions are held twice monthly at the Developing Families Center and Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center located in Ward 8. 

Community of Hope Maternal Health Services Pledge of $1,000,000

The DFC has made a program related investment pledge to COH, an important historic partner. COH, through service delivery approach for maternal and child health, uses a midwifery care model as the core and maintains the only freestanding birth center in the District. This programmatic and highly aligned shared mission as it relates to maternal health services, provides a rich opportunity to expend program related investments in pursuit of changing the status quo. DFC pledged $1 million to COH for the relocation and expansion of the FHBC in Ward 5 in order to advance DFC’s mission. This DFC program-related serves to ensure continuity of evidence-based, midwifery led services to Ward 5 residents and the larger DC community. DFC looks forward to a continued partnership. 

Greater Washington Community Foundation Pledge of $5,000,000: Establishment of Developing Families Maternal Health Fund of the District of Columbia 

The Developing Families Center (DFC) has made a pledge to the Greater Washington Community Foundation (GWCF) as a program related investment to pursue its mission to positively impact the persistently negative outcomes associated with perinatal services, birthing outcomes, maternal and infant health outcomes affecting low-income women and women of color in the District of Columbia. To that end, the Developing Families Center pledges five million dollars to establish a Field of Interest Fund (FOIF) addressing this public health reality at the Greater Washington Community Foundation.