From the Field: Rochester Area Birth Network

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Name of organization, agency, or institution

Rochester Area Birth Network

Primary Contact Name and Title

Amy V. Haas, BCCE, Vice President

Project Aim and Goals

As a chapter of BirthNetwork National, we are a non-profit organization comprised of a network of childbirth educators, midwives, labor assistants (doulas), family physicians, nurses, breastfeeding consultants, and parents who know the importance of informed options and alternatives in childbearing.  While we encompass a broad range of political and religious perspectives, we all agree that birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process and that every family should have the opportunity for a healthy, joyous birth experience with a minimum of interventions.

We provide the Rochester area community with important information about options that women and families have regarding childbirth, and offer networking opportunities for professionals, parents, and others interested in birth.

Rochester Area Birth Network supports the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, a wellness model of maternity care issued by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), a group of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families.

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While Rochester Area Birth Network does not do specific measurement, as a Childbirth Educator and officer, Vice President Amy Haas has personally kept statistics on the out comes of the births of her students over the last 15 years. She plans on using this data as part of an analysis of the effects of childbirth education on birth outcomes.


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Filed in Blueprint, Clinical controversies, Consumer advocacy or political action, Decision making and choice, Educational materials for health professionals, Stories from the Field on Thu., Apr 21, 2011

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