Monday, June 21, 2010

Mark Your Calendar

We have some exciting meetings for the Tarrant County Birth Network over the next 3 months. I wanted to be sure everyone is aware of what is going on. We have over 30 members and our attendance is growing like crazy. Last month was, in my opinion, our best yet. We want YOU to join us whether you are a professional or a parent consumer. The Birth Network is for everyone concerned about birth and birth-related topics.

Our Monthly Round-Up meetings take place every second Thursday of every month.

Place: Texas Wesleyan University
1103 S. Collard St.
Ft. Worth, TX 76105
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Kathy O'Brien, Doula, will address us on all the ins-and-outs of what a doula does. You'll learn about the doula's role at your birth, how much it costs, the different types of doulas, what their training involves, and how statistics fare by having a doula at your birth vs. not having a doula. In addition, Jamie Hinton, Birth Doula, will show us her doula bag and explain what she brings to and does at a birth. Tina Valle, Postpartum Doula, will also be sharing her expertise as a woman working with moms and dads after the baby arrives.

If you are contemplating hiring a doula, I hope you'll join us for this informative night. There will be plenty of doulas in attendance to mingle with afterwards. You may find your doula that night!

AUGUST 13: Share YOUR Birth Story
Place and Time: Same as July
All women with a child have a birth story. Maybe it was the greatest experience of your life. Maybe it wasn't. Sharing your experience with others is so important on many different levels. We are asking everyone to submit their birth stories to the Tarrant Co. Birth Network via email by August 1st. We will be picking (at least) 3 stories to be read by the mothers. We are asking that it be limited to 2 pages in length (single-spaced is fine!). We are looking for all different types of births, in all different settings.

We will also be discussing The Birth Survey: what it is, how to use it, and its effect on our community. Truly, every birth matters.

Lastly, we will discuss the Tarrant Co. Birth Network's online and printed Resource Guide as a way of finding Mother-Friendly care providers in our community.

SEPTEMBER 9: Infant Mortality
Place: The Child Study Center
1300 W. Lancaster Ave.
Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

In honor of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, Faith Ellis will be addressing us on this topic. Very much involved in collecting data and research for Tarrant County, she has some very important information to share with us. She is putting this meeting together and has promised some very important people and data that evening.

These meetings are free to the public. We do invite everyone, however, to join the Tarrant County Birth Network. Consumer memberships are just $25 for the year, and Professional Memberships start at just $50 a year. It's as easy as the click of a button to join online.