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Refuge Midwifery is a Philadelphia based midwifery practice offering grounded, personal, and empowering midwifery care. We are experts in normal fertility, pregnancy and birth, and our services span the childbearing from conception support and home IUI to prenatal care, home birth, water birth, postpartum care, lactation support and well newborn care.

All families and family structures are welcome in our practice, and we love for partners, children, extended family and chosen family to participate in our care. We serve families in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania an hour radius from West Philadelphia.


Home Birth

Comprehensive and personalized prenatal care, home birth midwifery care, & postpartum care in your home for you and your baby

Fertility & IUI

Preconception counseling, natural fertility support to regulate cycles and determine optimal conception or insemination timing, and intrauterine insemination (IUI) in the comfort of your own home


Postpartum & GYN

Midwifery postpartum home care for birth parents and newborns in the first weeks of life. Well-body GYN for the lifespan

Classes and Events

A holistic and fun approach to your reproductive health care

Midwife Ray holding new home water birth  baby

Meet the Midwife

Ray Rachlin is a Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor, and the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives.

My road to midwifery may have begun when I was caught by a midwife in a New York hospital, but the seed was planted after I attended my first home birth as a doula in New York City…

homebirth mom and new baby

Hear from our clients

“Bringing my son into the world under my own roof was one of the best decisions I ever made. My husband and I couldn't be more pleased with the care we received from Ray. It was so empowering to work with a care provider who respected my intuition and wisdom”


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Photos by Tangible Moments Photography and Clients