Monthly Archives: March 2010

Community-based doula model

I wanted to share this from our luncheon. Our speaker was Rachel Abramson, Executive Director of HealthConnect One in Chicago. She spoke about the kinds of results they have seen from community doula programs. The Open Arms Outreach Doula program … Continue reading

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Tasering a pregnant woman?

OK this is related to Open Arms only in that the woman involved was pregnant, but boy oh boy, this story got my blood boiling! Court: Seattle police OK to stun pregnant woman Pregnant woman in front of an elementary … Continue reading

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What a luncheon – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to today’s Open Arms Luncheon! Together we raised over $35,000 for mothers, babies and families. I can’t think of a better investment, and I’m thrilled that so many came out and supported us. I … Continue reading

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Home visiting and Open Arms: an overview

I just wanted to post a few words about home visiting. OK, maybe more than a few! Open Arms deeply believes in the efficacy of the home visiting model, and our programs reflect this. First – some background. Home visiting … Continue reading

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What is multiculturalism and how does it work?

I had a wonderful conversation with our Executive Director, Sheila Capestany today. It was about multiculturalism and the workplace. Open Arms is a highly multicultural organization and strives to keep that foremost in the minds of staff, doulas and board … Continue reading

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The Luncheon is a week away!

I’m so excited – the Open Arms Spring Luncheon is a week away, our program is set and it will be a great event! The reservations have been pouring in – we have seen wonderful response! There’s still room though, … Continue reading

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Coping skills for parenting

Sarah Pulliam, one of our board members, sent me this article from KIRO News on March 4th: Prosecutor: Mom Drugged Daughter Because She Was Cranky Sarah writes: The article is a bit dramatic but the reality is that when parents … Continue reading

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Languages correction

I said before that Open Arms has doulas that can serve women in six different languages – I reported that incorrectly. Our doulas speak SEVEN languages: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugeseSomaliArabicJapanese

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Amnesty International again: “Maternal health is a human right”

Just received this from our Executive Director, Sheila Capestany: Please read this. While Open Arms is working hard to ensure that women get the support they need before, during and in the weeks following the birth of their babies, we … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From … Continue reading

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