Archive for the ‘Guide to a Healthy Birth’ Category

Happy Mother’s Day!! PLUS What’s Going on at Choices in Childbirth

May 10, 2013

This Mother’s Day, Choices in Childbirth would like to celebrate all of the moms out there as well as the amazing community of Mother-Friendly care providers who have supported them. Wishing you all beautiful birth memories this weekend!

Here’s what’s happening in the birth world and at Choices in Childbirth!!

Preparing for PostpartumThursday, May 16, 2013, 6:15-8:30pm, FREE, 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th St, bet. 1st & 2nd aves) 

The period following the birth of your baby will likely be something of a love fest as you get to know your child. It can also be a time when new families sometimes feel overwhelmed and isolated as we get our bearings as parents and figure out how to care for a newborn, our relationship, and ourselves.
We hope you will join Choices in Childbirth for an evening of stories from new and experienced parents who recently made a variety of choices during the period of time following the births of their babies.  Additionally, bring your questions for New York City postpartum doula, Julia Mannes, and Valerie Lynn, author of the The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally, Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom.  Suggested Donation: $10-$20 RSVP Here!

Miss the Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition Screening at NYU? It’s not too late! We filmed the event & now you can watch it whenever you want!

Panelists on April 25th (photo credit Alice Garik)
On Thursday, April 25th, Choices in Childbirth partnered with NYU’s Nurse-Midwifery program to screen The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition! Following the film, Professor Gene Declercq presented his incredible new data for Birth by the Numbers and there was a panel discussion with
  • Professor Gene Declercq, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Abby Epstein, Director of The Business of Being Born
  • Patricia Burkhardt, CM, DrPH
  • Elan McAllister, Founder & Executive Director of Choices in Childbirth
  • Dr. Jacques Moritz, OBGYN
If you are interested in watching the film, you can purchase it at, and if you’re interested in watching the presentation and panel discussion, please e-mail Julia at

Just Released! Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth

See what 2400 moms had to say about their pregnancy and birth experiences. Brought to you by Childbirth Connection. Click here to read!

Alice Garik: Childbirth Photographer

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Alice Garik’s dedication to the empowerment of women guides her childbirth photography. A professional photographer, her calm and respectful presence will give you photographs to cherish of your birth and newborn. Her focused attention will allow your partner to be with you and in the experience, not reaching for the camera. Alice offers packages that include a maternity session with childbirth and newborn photographs.

FREE – Flatten Your Post-Baby Tummy Classes – Turn Flab to Fab in 8 Weeks! 

MRPT Physical Therapy is offering free classes to showcase an exciting new series of post-baby exercises for new moms. The class will be taught 1 time per week for 8 weeks at MRPT conveniently located 1 block from Grand Central. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all 8 classes and should be a few years postpartum or less.

Our new series of classes start on Tuesday, June 4 at 11am
Please e-mail or call (212) 661-2933 if you are interested.

Special Mother’s Day Offer:

Final days to purchase the award winning documentary film about legendary midwife, Ina May Gaskin, just in time for Mother’s Day! The Choices in Childbirth community can purchase the DVD or download the film online with a 15% discount off the retail price!
Use the code BIRTHSTORYCIC for 15% OFF! Go to to download or order your DVD.

Need More Guides?

The 2013 National and NYC Metro Guide to a Healthy Birth are available online to order! These Guides are 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. Click here to order the new guides. 
National and NYC Metro Guides are available.

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!