I have connections with a lot of wonderful organizations. While I've thought recently that perhaps I need to "throw my hat in" with one organization only (i.e. focus my efforts/energy), I also enjoy being a part of, and supporting, multiple organizations. I feel like each has something unique and valuable to offer and I have no problems networking with and being a member of--for example--almost all of the major childbirth education organizations, as well as multiple doula organizations, and others as well. I don't think it makes sense to be "exclusive" or competitive with each other--all of them wish to improve maternity care and birth choices for women and I like to help as much as I can! I also just love collecting information and resources and so it is delightful to be on all these e-newsletter mailing lists and so forth. Among many, here are a couple of resources that caught my eye this week:
1. Choices in Childbirth has a new service--a provider network (free for consumers to search and use, fee for professionals to list services). "Choices in Childbirth is an excellent tool for both mothers and mother-friendly care providers. We have hundreds of listings of midwives, doulas, acupuncturists, and more--everything a mother could need to create a mother-friendly birth experience that's right for her. For providers, it's a great way to advertise their services and promote the many options available to expectant parents." Speaking of Choices in Childbirth, one of my most favorite resources in the world to share with with parents in my birth classes is the Guide to a Healthy Birth.
2. The Family Violence Prevention Fund is hosting a free webinar called Building Health Care Leadership: A Systems Advocacy Approach to Addressing Domestic Violence in the Health Care System, July 29, 2010, 11am-12pm PDT. Considering that many women experience domestic violence for the first time during pregnancy and that pregnancy is the most common reason for women to be in the medical care system, this is a quite relevant webinar topic for maternity care activists!
3. One of my very favorite "basic" pregnancy and childbirth books, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin is coming out in a new edition this month. I'm so excited! New with this edition is a really helpful looking companion website.