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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 www.classroombobb.com, and if you’re interested in watching the presentation and panel discussion, please e-mail Julia at ClassroomBoBB@gmail.com.

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 mrptny@aol.com or call (212) 661-2933 if you are interested. www.mrptny.com

Special Mother’s Day Offer:

Documentary Film: BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN & THE FARM MIDWIVES
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 http://watch.birthstorymovie.com 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.
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Bearing the Burden of Choice: A Young Feminist’s Perspective

January 25, 2013

By Meagan Fuller, guest blogger

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Group of Feminist Campers Winter 2013, photo credit: Carly Romeo of Two Spoons Photography

I came to NYC to participate in the ultimate feminist vacation, conference, and networking event, Soapbox, Inc.’s Feminist Camp. A week packed with visits to social justice organizations from foundations to grassroots activist groups, Feminist Boot Camp was an opportunity for aspiring social justice advocates to discover modern activism and what feminism can look like in professional practice. One of our stops was at Choices in Childbirth.

Here are some notions with which I walked into Choices in Childbirth’s office:

Based on personal observation, choices concerning women’s reproductive health are heavily concentrated in preventative action – what are the best practices to avoid pregnancy?  Consequently, prevention inspired language lends to a negative association with child bearing. It is something to prevent rather than embrace.

Language surrounding abortion lends to the same effect. Public health initiatives emphasize preventing pregnancy through the use of contraception, but when spontaneity clouds the campaigns and the unplanned happens, how does one tackle the heaviest choice of all?

Throughout the week long journey, the controversial plight of feminism, the legal right to have an abortion, was a reoccurring topic. Abortion is one of those issues that seems to leak into every “women’s issue” whether initially intended or not. Needless to say, we talked about abortion to the point of exhaustion. Not to take away from the weight of abortion to the feminist cause, I began to recognize a gap in our reproductive justice discussions. I found myself asking the question:

What about the women who choose the path of childbearing?

Following an intense viewing of the documentary entitled, The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition, filled with intervals of happiness, anger, laughter, and even tears, I, along with my fellow feminists, learned how choices in the realm of prenatal, postpartum, and maternity care have been institutionalized. Who would have thought the phrase “turnover rate” would be used in the context of maternity care? The interviews from the film resonated throughout subsequent meetings, bringing to light to what extent choice is a heavy word, heavy in the sense that it comes with great responsibility and repercussion, but also, limitation. Choices are saved for the privileged, ostracizing populations of women who do not have access to the resources which would allow them to make individual decisions about their pregnancy. As social justice advocates, feminists like me seek to challenge the essence of privilege that dictates the amount of choices one has. Feminists are the defenders of choices in reproductive health, extending this privilege to every person, regardless of their demographics. Perusing pamphlets listing countless resources and venues through which women can access their preferred maternity care, I found my prior questions answered in the humble work of Choices in Childbirth.

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