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Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Founded in 1984, Mabel Wadsworth Center is the only private, not-for-profit, free-standing feminist health center in Maine and one of fewer than 20 in the United States.

The Center began, as the five founders remind us, “from conversations around a kitchen table.” These conversations centered on creating an alternative model for women’s health care delivery and self empowerment, where women are equal members of their own health care team and have a friend in the process, not just a provider. In the early days, Mabel Wadsworth Center was an all-volunteer operation, with professionals donating their skills to provide health services.

The Center has grown to become a comprehensive women’s health center and a leading advocate for women’s health issues in the state and region. Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center is literally on the front lines and at the frontier of women’s health care in Maine and in Washington, DC. If it has to do with women’s reproductive rights or access to abortion in Maine, chances are excellent that the Center initiated it, has taken the lead in it, or has been asked to advise it. Our track record means we have the contacts, and more importantly, the credibility to make things happen.

Our Intent

To empower all women, regardless of color, sexual orientation, and economic status, to take control of their sexual and reproductive lives through their menstrual years and beyond.

Our Vision

Knowledge about our bodies and our sexuality; resources and clinical services offered in an environment of support and concern; a network that acknowledges our common experiences as women; a focal point for our energy in the enhancement and celebration of women’s lives; a feminist organization in Maine for the enrichment of all people.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is rooted in a three-pronged approach to women’s health care: clinical and educational services combined with advocacy.

Our Mission

The purpose of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center is to provide educational and clinical services in sexual and reproductive health care to women regardless of age, ability, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic resources.

Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center Founders

Sharon Barker
Ruth Lockhart
Terry Marley-DeRosier
Mabel Wadsworth
Phil Worden

Board of Directors

Andrea LaFlamme
Alice Bruce
Heather Dunn-Levesque
Jessamy Luthin
Kate Dawson
Catherine Kurr
Susan Reisman
Kristen Sprague
Ashley Wells



Our diverse Board of Directors donates countless hours to Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center.  Women from all backgrounds serve on Mabel’s board, and we invite you to for consideration in our nomination process.

Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center has grown from a conversation around a kitchen table to an incredibly successful, independent feminist women’s health center. Our success is due, in large part, to the dedication of community volunteers. Current volunteer opportunities are listed here; please check back frequently. You may also , along with your resume, so that we may keep your name on file for future volunteer opportunities.

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