Monthly Archives: February 2010

Some client quotes

Got word of these client quotes today and thought I’d share! “I’m calling to say thank you for all your help. I have had two births – one bad experience with a c-section and one good experience having a VBAC, … Continue reading

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Looking for Midwives for Haiti

This was sent to me by one of our board members, Geoff Miller. Perhaps some of you out there know someone who is interested. This is not related to Open Arms directly – more of a public service announcement! Here … Continue reading

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Unanimous Vote On Shackling

I’m a little late in reading my emails but I see that on February 13, the House voted unanimously to ban shackling pregnant inmates while they’re giving birth. House Bill 2747, proposed by Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, also outlaws shackling … Continue reading

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More on Postpartum Depression

I was looking back at the ACOG link on Ob-Gyns Encouraged to Screen Women for Depression During and After Pregnancy from my last post, and wanted to call out this paragraph because I think it’s worth repeating. Clinical depression is … Continue reading

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Depression and the Perinatal Period

(this post was edited to move the references to the comments) I just got some sobering statistics from my friend, doula client and now fellow doula Walker Karraa. She’s working in Southern California as a labor and postpartum doula and … Continue reading

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Domestic Abuse in Pregnancy

A few people have asked me, “Will you be doing a post about domestic abuse on Super Bowl Sunday?” That’s because of the conventional wisdom that SuperBowl Sunday is one of the leading days for domestic abuse to occur. The … Continue reading

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Text4Baby

Text4Baby – this rocks. Check it out. http://www.text4baby.org From their website: Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant … Continue reading

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Amnesty International and Maternal Health in the US

Often when I think about Amnesty International, I think of issues elsewhere in the world. But Amnesty International is calling for stories now about the United States and our appalling maternal health statistics. Read the report. When you consider the … Continue reading

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Describing Open Arms

I was at the board executive committee meeting today and we were discussing how we describe Open Arms. We do a lot in unique ways – sometimes it’s hard to describe. Many of the terms we use have specific meanings … Continue reading

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Part of the family

We’ve been really busy around the office these days. Another year is in full swing! Our Program Coordinator Yvette Dioubate went to a parenting meeting a few weeks ago and wrote this nice note to me: An experience I had … Continue reading

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