Kitsap birth center reaches fundraising goal

A planned birth center for Kitsap County took a step closer to reality this week.

Donors pushed the fund drive for Salmonberry Community Birth Center over the $35,000 mark Tuesday, exceeding the organizers’ goal of $33,000. More than 525 people gave money to the effort.

“Obviously this could’t have happened without amazing community support,” said Annie Moffat, a midwife and Salmonberry organizer.

The effort is backed by a group of local midwives and doulas who want to give Kitsap parents an alternative to home births and hospital births.

The group is searching for a location in Poulsbo or Silverdale. They expect to open the center in the spring of 2015.

See the Salmonberry website and Facebook page for more information.

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