Monthly Archives: March 2010

Ah ha – here’s the NIH report we’ve been waiting for!

Thanks to Julia G. for posting this on Facebook – the NIH did indeed conclude after their conference that VBAC’s were “reasonably safe” and should be more available. The Seattle Times covered it, but they buried it in the middle … Continue reading

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Bilingual doulas

Did you know that Open Arms is able to serve women in six different languages?

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The news is ablaze with c-section information

I find this wave of news stories on reducing the number c-sections very interesting. These two came out today on MSNBC. Video: Experts find natural delivery safe after c-sections and Women need chance to avoid 2nd C-section I wonder if … Continue reading

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An example of another way to do it – musings on birth

I saw this article in the New York Times this week: NYT: Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births The article shows how rising costs don’t have to be part of maternal healthcare: As Washington debates health care, this small hospital … Continue reading

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ABC News Reports on Rise in Maternal Mortality Rates

This video really drives home that there is still more work to be done in making birth safer for women and their babies (thanks to Walker Karraa for the pointer): ABC News Video – New Moms at Risk: Why are … Continue reading

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When the unexpected happens

As doulas, we are honored to be invited to share in one of life’s most joyous events – the birth of a baby. But for some families, joy turns to grief. Recently there were two infant deaths in the Open … Continue reading

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Shackling legislation made it through the Senate

Our friends at Legal Voice shared with us that House bill 2747 just passed the Senate. The bill will restrict the use of restraints on incarcerated pregnant women in their third trimester and in labor and childbirth.

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Inspired

Recently we had our monthly board meeting. As usual, I came away completely inspired by Open Arms. Annie Moffat, our WCELI Program Director, presented to the board on the many new program changes and updates for this year. The staff … Continue reading

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Luncheon reservations are coming in!

Have you registered for the Open Arms Luncheon yet? Don’t miss it! Reservations are coming in and I’m so excited to see that so many people are interested in learning more about Open Arms and the work we do. Please … Continue reading

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