Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

Launch of the NEW Guide to a Healthy Birth!!

September 21, 2012

Choices in Childbirth is so excited to announce the launch of the 2012/2013 edition of The Guide to a Healthy Birth. Click here to order today!

Wednesday Night (9/19) was our first official launch of the 2012/2013 Guide to a Healthy Birth! Many providers and members of the birth community visited our office in NYC to pick up their guides and mingle. If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry! You can easily order them online by clicking here! Together we can help foster environments that inform mothers and families on their rights and options in childbirth.

We are incredibly grateful to every editor, writer, and contributor to the Guide. We could not have created it without such amazing skills, time, dedication, and collaboration from our volunteers! Many thanks to every one who helped create this educational tool! Our hope is that mothers and families will feel more empowered to make decisions about birthing options, support, and care after reading the guide.

There are TWO versions of the guide:
1. National                                
  • State c-section rates
  • General resources (care providers, agencies & organizations offering services to birthing women)
2. NYC Metro             
  • NYC Metro area hospital c-section rates
  • Directory of local Mother-Friendly providers: from doulas to midwives to acupuncturists, Gynecological care, obstetric care, nutrition, fitness, prenatal/postpartum counseling, breastfeeding support, childbirth education classes, advocacy, lesbian and gay parenting support, and much more!



What’s Going on? Upcoming Events in NYC!

September 17, 2012


Miles for Midwives FUN-run & Birth and Wellness Fair! Saturday, October 6, 2012: Prospect Park

Join Choices in Childbirth and the NYC Midwives for the 10th Annual Miles for Midwives 5K Fun-Run and Birth & Wellness Fair. It brings together runners, families and midwifery supporters for a day devoted to maternity care improvement and community wellness.
8:30AM:  Runner/Walker Registration Opens
10:00AM:  5K Fun-Run begins 
followed by the Birth & Wellness Fair featuring free wellness activities for all ages:
*Yoga / Guided Stretches / Kids Activity Table / Face Painter* 
Click here to learn more, register, or donate! 

We are also in need of support! Email if you want to volunteer. 

The NEW Guide to a Healthy Birth is here!

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s local Guide has arrived! This Guide is free to the public. If you would like copies of this resource to be sent to your home, office, or community center, we ask that you please pay for the cost of shipping. Support our launch and click here to order the new guides. 

Attention Providers! GUIDE LAUNCH PARTY!!!!
Please stop by our office for an open house launch party on Wednesday, Sept 19th from 4-6pm and pick up some guides! For directions, click here

Healthy Birth Choices Workshop: Cesarean Birth and VBAC

Thursday, Sept, 20, 2012, 6:15-8:30pm, FREE
14th Street Y (344 E. 14th St, bet. 1st & 2nd aves)

Considering VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)? Thinking about giving birth by cesarean for whatever reason? Wondering what your options are? If so, please join us for and evening of inspiring birth stories and discussion on a range of issues related to cesarean birth and VBAC.  RSVP Here!


10th Annual Miles for Midwives in Prospect Park!

July 20, 2012


We are thrilled to invite you to become a part of the 10th Annual Miles for Midwives – a 5K Run/Walk and Birth & Wellness Fair.

Registration has opened, so sign up today!

Miles for Midwives brings together runners, families, and midwifery supporters for a fun day devoted to maternity care improvement and community wellness. Proceeds from this event benefit the work of the NYC Midwives and Choices in Childbirth to improve maternity care in the NYC community.

Start: Saturday, October 6, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Additional Date Information
Check-in begins @ 8:30 AM, 5K begins @ 10:00 AM

Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park
Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southest Brooklyn, NY

Adult $25 (Day-of $30), Child $10 (Day-of $15), Adult VIP $50 (Day-of $60)

Registration Closing Date
Thursday, October 4, 2012 PST

To learn more, click here!