I’m super excited to introduce you to Frederick Birth Center. When I had my baby 21 years ago we did not have these awesome facilities to bring our baby into the world. Hope you enjoy learning more about how Mychal Pilia started the Frederick birth center.
Tell me about your business:
The mission of Frederick Birth Center is to provide a homelike, safe, alternative birth experience while maintaining the highest standards of quality of care for women and their families.
Frederick Birth Center believes that the well-being of the community starts with women and families through education on general health, pregnancy, normal birth, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period. Frederick Birth Center stands to empower women to take charge of their own health by promoting family-centered, therapeutic, and respectful care. Our midwives understand that pregnancy, birth, and postpartum are normal processes and they advocate nonintervention when appropriate. Frederick Birth Center strives to incorporate the latest scientific findings into clinical practice.
How did you get started?
A little background on me. I graduated with a nutrition degree in 2006 because I wanted to be a knowledgeable personal chef. I was a chef for a couple of years in a professional kitchen and also catered. I did not feel gratification in my work so I decided I would rather keep cooking as a hobby and do hands-on care with people. I immediately went back to school after graduating with nutrition to become a nurse.
15 years ago I learned about midwives because my sister gave birth to one. In 2009 I was seeing a midwife for my first and I absolutely loved my care I received I remember saying to my midwife, “I want to do exactly what you do.”She is an owner and midwife at the San Antonio Birth Center. At the time I was a Pediatric ICU nurse and my husband was in grad school, so when he finished it was my turn to go back to school. In my third trimester of pregnancy with my 2nd child, I started graduate school at Frontier nursing university.
Each semester of school FNU prepares their students with learning how to implement a different aspect of a business plan (without us knowing or understanding why we were learning about this!). By the time I graduated I had essentially 3/4 of my business plan written.
Life took us for a turn and my husband got a job that made us move from Texas to Maryland. I had to do some new research for my new area, but I knew how to do it now, and was able to put together my business plan in the summer of 2016 while my kids were in Italy all summer. I wrote it from 7pm-midnight every night while also working. I reached out to all the Ob/Gyn groups I could find within 30 minutes of me and no one would give me the time of day for even a phone call. There was a lot of frustration. Finally, a family practice doctor walked into my life and she agreed to be my medical director – one of the many things required for me to be able to open.
It was a huge project to find all my team members. I used business counseling services with Maryland Women’s Business Center who gave me many referrals to other team members that got me where I am today. I also entered a business plan competition and won $1000 / 4th place among already established business and I was still about 10 months out from opening!
I found a human resource group that helped me with my benefits package for my employees, an accountant team that has cleaned up my books and trained my husband how to do our books, a payroll company, interior designer, graphic designer, BANK, lawyers, contractors for the build-out, and a marketing firm.
As soon as I found a bank willing to work with me and help fund me we were off the ground running!
Lots of tears of frustration along the way, I think Costco parking lot is where I would shed many of these tears….it just happened that when I got a phone call with bad news it would be at Costco.
Anything you’re looking to do next, new products, services, etc. that you would like to share?
In the “now” so to speak I just got certified to do K-Taping therapy for women’s health and will be offering that service as well. The long term (5-year goal) is to get this business up and running so that I can open 2 more birth centers.
For the community I am helping Seeds of Life nonprofit organization with Frederick food drops to feed the underprivileged. These drops are over 5,000 pounds of food a week. To bring my background in cooking back in my life I cook for the monthly SEVA dinners, also sponsored by Seeds of Life, that are open to the whole community and are donation-based so anyone can come and eat.
Mychal really talked about the hard work and determination to make her business come to fruition. She is a true businesswoman with real grit and hustle. I’m so glad you continued your fight to bring these awesome services to moms.
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