Cynthia Bullock Flynn, CNM, PhD is the Clinic Director of the District of Columbia’s only freestanding birth center, the Family Health and Birth Center, now a part of Community of Hope. Through its midwifery model of care, the FHBC has significantly reduced cesarean section rates, preterm birth and low birth weight infants. Cynthia came to the position well-qualified to lead the groundbreaking FHBC, which is located in Ward 5 of the District’s northeast quadrant. Dr. Flynn is a nurse-midwife and most recently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center. Previously, she owned the Columbia Birth Center, which she established and operated for 8 years, a licensed and accredited center, located in Kennewick, Washington.
Dr. Flynn is a 1996 nurse-midwifery graduate of Yale University and earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Flynn has served as the President of the American Association of Birth Centers (2007-2009). She is the Expert Midwife on www.pregnancy.org . Dr. Flynn has also had international experience in Jamaica, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after the tsunami.