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Seattle Channel Features Michelle Sarju, Open Arms Clinical Director

The Seattle Channel will feature Open Arms Clinical Director Michelle Sarju in a piece airing Monday, March 14 “Community Stories: Catching Our Babies.” Michelle Sarju is one of the few African-American midwives in Washington state. While following her career path, … Continue reading

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KUOW Morning Edition: Story of Natural Birth

Thanks to board member Lisa Chin for pointing out this great piece by KUOW this morning: There Will Always Be Three Now: A Story Of Natural Birth You can listen online at their website. When it comes to giving birth … Continue reading

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Do You Doula?

This video was sponsored by Birth Matters Virginia. It’s pretty good in describing what a birth doula does. I am hoping at some point, we’ll be able to produce a similar video about outreach doulas and Open Arms clients. Ah… … 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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Why doulas and do they make a difference?

I thought I’d just take a minute and talk about the studies that support doula use. When I’m asked about doulas, often people ask why doulas are important, and doesn’t the medical staff do the same thing? Why add a … Continue reading

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Taking risks – women helping women

For a long time, the board and staff at Open Arms have discussed starting a blog. We toss it around, agree there is a lot to say, and we agree we should “look into it.” But then, as people often … Continue reading

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