Posts Tagged ‘Reproductive Rights’

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.

Finally, the whole story! GRITtv covers the “Other Side of Choice” in Birth

December 2, 2009

Right on, GRITtv! Laura Flanders with GRITtv recently aired a segment entitled “The Other Side of Choice: Giving Birth in America.” In this piece, she gave birth experts (including our very own Elan Mcallister, of Choices in Childbirth) a chance to speak about the current state of childbirth in our country.

The segment looks at some of the trends behind the type of maternity care that women are getting and how that impacts our outcomes. Flanders highlights that, despite having one of the “best healthcare systems in the world”, the United States now ranks 37th in the world in Infant Mortality and 34th in the world for Maternal Mortality.

Cheers to GRITtv for talking about the side of maternity care that the media tends to ignore. Cheers to Flanders for calling into question

why has our international infant mortality ranking has worsened from 12th in the world in 1960 to 37th in 2008, during the same period that our rates of medical intervention in birth have gone up exponentially- Cesarean section rates alone have more than tripled?

why in this time of financial crisis, is America spending more on maternity care (86 billion in 2006 alone!) than other countries and getting worse results?

(Find out some of the experts’ takes on these questions in the interview)

It’s sad that we have to be excited about balanced, responsible journalism, but at least someone out there is doing it… Thanks Laura!