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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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Impact of poverty and stress on infants

This is another article that addresses the importance of caring for women before birth as a way of serving our community for a long time after. New York Times: At Risk From the Womb Here’s a quote: Perhaps the most … Continue reading

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Focus on healthy pregnancy

My mom pointed me to Time Magazine this month, which features articles about prenatal life affecting future mental and physical health and well-being. One article (there may be more, I don’t have the magazine in front of me) is this … Continue reading

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Gates Foundation pledges $1.5B for maternal, child health

I just saw this news from the Gates Foundation, announced in June: Gates Foundation pledges $1.5B for maternal, child health This is an incredible statement of the importance of maternal and child health in our world. Melinda Gates says, “The … Continue reading

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This World is Not Flat: Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy by Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA)

This excellent article on anxiety disorders is available for download here. The author Walker Karraa offers an in-depth Perinatal Anxiety Workshop which was well-loved at Open Arms. Email her directly for more information. This World is Not Flat: Anxiety Disorders … Continue reading

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Surrender

Women have long fought for their rights: to vote, to own property, to education, equal pay, rights to hold certain jobs, marital rights, legal rights and others. More recently, the fight is around abortion. The latter controversy is still in … Continue reading

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Improving maternal-child health & infant mortality

This video was recently posted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about the improvements in maternal, newborn and child health in Malawi. Through education and community support, Malawi has greatly reduced the number of deaths in mothers and babies. … Continue reading

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A few community organizations of interest

I was at the Within Reach luncheon last week and was inspired by their work. If you haven’t heard about this organization, they are right there on the front lines connecting families to the programs and services they need: health … Continue reading

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