Posts Tagged ‘Childbirth’

Hurry! Last 2 days to be listed in the New York Guide to a Healthy Birth!

April 8, 2010

If you are a Mother-Friendly Provider who serves the women and families in the greater New York City area you could be part of the 5th edition of the New York Guide to a Healthy Birth!

The Guide to a Healthy Birth is a free resource published annually by Choices in Childbirth for new and expectant parents that provides information about women’s rights and options in childbearing, articles by esteemed birth professionals, support for finding Mother-Friendly care, and so much more.

In addition to the great resources, the Guide also lists a local directory of professionals in the New York Area who practice Mother-Friendly care. Become part of this local network of over 140 providers in a wide range of categories from Accupuncture to Yoga, Midwifery to Childbirth Education, Doulas to Breastfeeding Support, and everything in between!

Visit to create your profile today.

In addition to the provider directory, we also have opportunities for businesses who serve parenting New Yorkers. If you would like to place a 1/3 page display ad in the printed Guide – register here. For less than $6 per week you can include your ad in our annual publication that reaches over 20,000 new and expectant parents in New York!


NEW- Find a Mother-Friendly Provider Near You!

March 29, 2010

Announcing: The Guide to a Healthy Birth Online Provider Network

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This week Choices in Childbirth, in partnership with several of our sister organizations, launched an online, national, fully searchable database of Mother-Friendly Providers. This online Provider Network will serve as a companion piece to the Guide to a Healthy Birth. New and expectant parents from around the country will be able to search by location and provider-type to find care providers to support them during their childbearing year.

Thank you to each of you for your continued support that has allowed us to expand and include this national network of providers. Special thanks also goes out to our sister organizations who have supported us in the launch of this network:
* Midwives Alliance of North America
* DONA International
* Lamaze International
* International Center for Traditional Childbearing
* Coalition for the Improving Maternity Services
* BirthNetwork National
* International Childbirth Education Association

Visit to view this interactive Provider Network on our website.
We are excited to report a great turnout in our first days:
  • Nearly 250 Mother Friendly Providers have profiles live on the website including providers from Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
  • Over 1700 visits to the database (from people in 49 different states!)

Help us keep up this momentum!

Please help us to expand this rapidly growing network of providers:
1. If you provide services to pregnant or new moms, register now! You can also download this flyer to distribute to your colleagues.
2. Did you have a great doula, midwife, physician, lactation consultant, childbirth educator, etc? If you know a Mother-Friendly Provider, forward this email, or use this link to let them know about us.
3. Share this announcement with your local parenting groups and birth advocates and ask them to make referrals as well.
4. Post information on your own blog or website.

Help us Save St. Vincent’s

February 11, 2010
As you may already know, St. Vincent’s Hospital is under threat of closure. Government officials, hospital administrators, and community representatives are working to define a solution to this problem. We will keep you updated with any details that we have.

In the meantime, we want all decision makers to know that the community is behind this hospital. We ask that you stand with us in support of St. Vincent’s. Scroll down to see how you can help.

The closure of St. Vincent’s would not only have a tremendous impact on the residents of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the repercussions would be felt throughout the City’s already overburdened healthcare system. For the birth community, the loss of St. Vincent’s would be a particularly devastating blow for many reasons.

First, most New York City labor and delivery units are already operating at or above capacity. With the closure of St. Vincent’s, these already overburdened units would be forced to collectively absorb an additional 1800 births per year. This is a serious public health concern with overcrowding leading to substandard care for all women.

Second, in addition to overburdening its neighbors, the closure of St. Vincent’s would mean that New York City families would be losing the only hospital in the city that is actively striving to provide truly Mother-Friendly, evidence-based care. In the last year, major steps that have been taken toward this goal including:
Lowering the C-Section rate
Supporting unhurried, family-centered maternity care
Implementing progressive VBAC policies
Welcoming home birth transfers
Exemplifying of the Midwifery Model of Care
Providing exceptional Neonatal Care
Providing the only Perinatal hospice-like care in NYC

*Download our outreach letter for a full explanation of the importance of St. Vincent’s for the birth community*

How you can help
1. Sign the petition that Choices in Childbirth has created to show support for St. Vincent’s – particularly their one-of-a-kind Maternity Care Service.
2. Visit Councilwoman Quinn’s Website to sign her petition to keep St. Vincent’s open.
3. Visit the new website: and help in whatever ways are at your disposal. Here you can share stories of what St. Vincent’s has meant to you as a parent, provider, or community member. You can also write letters to elected officials using the templates on this website.
4. Download a a copy of our outreach letter and share this information with your friends, family and colleagues. We need to get the word out about what an incredible loss for the birth community this would be.