Monthly Archives: January 2010

Luncheon – Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We’re gearing up for our Annual Benefit Luncheon on Wednesday, March 24 at the Renaissance Seattle from 11:30 – 1:30 (program starts at noon). We really hope you’ll be able to join us. You can get all the details and … Continue reading

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More on Shackling Legislation – Join Us!

Here is a news story on Shackling: State Law Would Prevent Restraining Inmates During Birth. I will post shortly on details of going down to Olympia if you’re interested in showing support on Monday (MLK Day). UPDATE: I’m sorry, I … Continue reading

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Shackling pregnant women during childbirth – Legislative update

Shackling pregnant women during labor and childbirth? Unbelievable? It’s true, it happens, right here in Washington State. Open Arms hopes the practice will be stopped. Legal Voice describes what happens, the outcry (including harsh words from Amnesty International) and the … Continue reading

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Early learning

Today’s video link comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Early Learning in Washington State. They mention Thrive By Five, which is a public-private partnership to support early learning for children birth to five years old. By giving … Continue reading

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C-sections at “epidemic” levels – does it matter?

Today’s MSNBC article C-section rates around globe at ‘epidemic’ levels highlights again the rise in c-section rates over the past few decades, particularly noting China’s c-section rate at nearly 50%. The article cites many reasons for this – financial incentives … Continue reading

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Volunteer spotlight on RadicalDoula.com

I emailed Miriam Perez over at RadicalDoula.com a few days ago to tell her about the Open Arms doula model and she wrote about us on her blog – check it out here. I’m adding their blog to our blogroll … Continue reading

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The Support of Change

There is enough talk about change out there to make anyone turn off their ears. But the change we facilitate through the work at Open Arms in providing doulas for women and families during the childbearing year is so transformative, … Continue reading

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Valuing women’s work

Today I was searching the web for information about doula programs. There are a number of doula programs in the US that provide volunteer doulas to low-income or other special-need women free of charge. But as far as I know, … Continue reading

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A look back at 2009

We have now said goodbye to 2009 – and what a year it was for Open Arms. I thought I’d share some of the work we did in this past year. Future posts will talk about what we’re looking forward … Continue reading

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