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Hogan Lovells Pro Bono Efforts Help Ensure Doors to Washington, D.C. Birthing Center Remain Open

21 October 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., 21 October 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that it advised its longtime pro bono client Family Health and Birth Center, Inc. (“FHBC”) on the successful transfer of FHBC’s nurse/midwife-managed clinic located in the Northeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (the “Birth Center”) to Community of Hope, Inc. (“COH”). The 12 October 2011 transfer from FHBC to COH ensured the continued survival of the Birth Center and the continued availability of birthing and related care services to underserved women and their families.

“I am incredibly grateful to the attorneys at Hogan Lovells,” said FHBC board chair Andrea Miano. “This transaction would not have been such a success without the professionalism and commitment that they brought to the project day after day.”

FHBC board member Basil Henderson added, “FHBC could not have had better representation in this process than that provided by the Hogan Lovells team. The firm’s perceptive advice and unstinting support were essential to the success of the transaction.”

Founded in 2000, the Birth Center provides comprehensive prenatal and maternity care, primary pediatric care and well-woman gynecological care to underserved women and their families throughout the community. In its eleven years of existence, the Birth Center, which is the only free-standing birthing center in Washington, D.C., has assisted with the births of nearly 1,600 babies, including close to 300 babies in 2010. The continued existence of the Birth Center under COH ownership is viable on account of the benefits available to COH as a “federally qualified health center.”

The Hogan Lovells team advising pro bono client FHBC was led by partner  Deborah K. Staudinger and associates Derek B. Meilman and Leah S. Edwards, with assistance from partner Thomas N. Bulleit, Jr., associates Emily S. Gebbia and Mari Calder Montague and former summer associate Steven G. Palyca. 

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