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As promised in last night’s meeting, here are the events coming up in Louisville that you should check out:

Friends of the Louisville Birth Center invites you to be a part of bringing a long-overdue, freestanding birth center to Louisville. Come join us to hear how this group is laying the groundwork for a birth center, what the next steps in this process are, and how you can be involved- all while enjoying some wine and snacks. We hope to see you there!

A special thank you to Whole Foods for graciously providing our wine and cheese for the evening!!

www.louisvillebirthcenter.com

Join the family fun at this year’s gathering of birth professionals and their community of clients, friends and advocates as Doulapalooza rocks into its eighth year of promoting positive, informed childbirth.

It is a free event and open to the public. There is something for everyone!

The festival and fundraising atmosphere of Doulapalooza welcomes the finest local musicians, educational exhibits, craft vendors, children’s activities, food, and prizes.

This year we will host an art gallery with several of the artists from the Womanly Art Show earlier this year will be displaying their paintings, sculptures, and textiles.

Once again this year, Doulapalooza will be held in conjunction with the Douglass Boulevard Farmers Market, where freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and desserts as well as locally grown produce and gift items are available just yards away.

Visit Birth Care Network online at http://birthcarenetwork.com/news/doulapalooza

Join us to watch the inspirational documentary, ‘A Doula Story’. After the movie we’ll talk about the importance of doula support for ALL women and learn how Mama To Mama plans to bring a project like this to Louisville!

A Doula Story documents one woman’s fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident nurturing mothers. A woman of remarkable magnetism and complexity, Loretha Weisinger returns to the same disadvantaged neighborhood, where she on

ce struggled as a teen mom. She uses compassion and humor to teach the young mothers-to-be about everything from the importance of breast-feeding and reading to their babies to the practical details of communicating effectively with health care professionals.

Teenage pregnancy is a fact of American life. Nearly 10 percent of births in this country are to teens, many of them poor, uneducated and alone. A community doula (from the Greek word for birth attendant) for more than 10 years, Loretha knows that pregnant teens need guidance and education, not judgment or pity. In the face of overwhelming challenges—from absentee fathers and drug addiction to the disparagement of society—doulas are making a difference in the futures of young mothers and their babies.

Suggested donation – $10
All donations will benefit Mama To Mama

The Friends of the Louisville Birth Center will host this workshop in Louisville, KY on November 3rd and 4th at the Courtyard Marriott Louisville Airport.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
*The Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center
*Louisville Family Chiropractic

For over 25 years, the American Association of Birth Centers has offered workshops on developing innovative maternity care services. Taught by leaders in maternal-child health, the workshops are interactive and informative. The workshops showcase:
*A Wellness Model for outpatient maternity care
*Evidence-based Practice that can be put to work today
*A Cost Containment Model that works
*Care on a Continuum – a portal of entry to an integrated system of health care delivery.
(this is approved continuing education – 14.7 CEUs for nurses)

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

This workshop is open to the public not only medical professionals. If you have interest in supporting a birth center in Louisville and the surrounding area then you are certainly welcome to attend.

For more information or to register go to: LouisvilleBirthCenter.com

Birth Care Network is hosting a DONA-approved Birth Doula Training on November 10-11, 2012.

BCN’s very own Vicki Sanders, RDH, ICCE, FACCE, LCCE, CD(D0NA), IBCLC will be facilitating this training session.

This training is limited to the first 15 paid registrants, and registration will be closed on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Visit http://birthcarenetwork.com/for-professionals/doula-trainings/ for more information and registration!

Chapter Announcement from Erin

Friends,

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as ICAN of Louisville’s co-leader and leader for the last 5+ years. I enjoyed my time with Mary Oliver Humke and Kerry Miles Wright working to co-found our chapter 6 years ago this fall. It’s been a pleasure to volunteer alongside Mary Oliver, Kerry, Gladys, Nina, and Ashley, and I’m thankful for their hard work and dedication to improving Louisville’s birthing climate and the health and safety of our mothers and babies. It has been amazing to watch additional ICAN chapters emerge in our state, and I’ve been happy to work with them as they’ve gotten on their feet.

But after examining all the growth and changes that have taken place in my own life (two more daughters, home schooling, and… life), I have made the difficult decision to resign from my position as chapter leader at the end of the year. My heart stays close to the mission of ICAN. I am so thankful to the organization that helped equip me with knowledge as I prepared for my own two homebirth VBACs. I will continue to serve our community of women as a doula and childbirth educator, but am making the choice to take more time for my family and to hand over the chapter reins to an eager and energetic volunteer.

All of this brings me to a question for Louisville’s ICAN community: who wants my job? We are actively seeking a leader, or two to three co-leaders, who would like to lead ICAN of Louisville into 2013 and beyond. In order to make the transition process a smooth one, I would love to begin working with the new co-leader as soon as possible. If you are interested, please contact me at erin [at] icanoflouisville [dot] com. You do not have to be a current ICAN subscriber to apply, but you will need to join before your leadership application can be completed at the international level. I’m happy to answer any and all questions to give you a clear picture of what ICAN chapter leadership is like.

It has been an honor to serve alongside you!

With love,

Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited to add:  Our chapter will in fact close in January 2013 if a new leader(s) doesn’t step up.  If ICAN’s mission is something you support, please consider volunteering. 

Come see ICAN at Doulapalooza!

October 13, 2012 from 10am-2pm at the Douglass Boulevard Farmers Market

Join the family fun at this year’s gathering of birth professionals and their community of clients, friends and advocates as Doulapalooza rocks into its eighth year of promoting positive, informed childbirth.

It is a free event and open to the public. There is something for everyone!

The festival and fundraising atmosphere of Doulapalooza welcomes the finest local musicians, educational exhibits, craft vendors, children’s activities, food, and prizes.

This year we will host an art gallery with several of the artists from the Womanly Art Show earlier this year will be displaying their paintings, sculptures, and textiles.

Once again this year, Doulapalooza will be held in conjunction with the Douglass Boulevard Farmers Market, where freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and desserts as well as locally grown produce and gift items are available just yards away.

* Check facebook for this year’s artists and performance schedule!

For more information contact Cindy Lamb at CoolDoula@aol.com or call the Birth Care Network info and referral line at 499-4418.

September 20 Film Showing

From the Birth Care Network website:
 
Birth Care Network is excited to team up with the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition to host a screening of Freedom For Birth, a new documentary that reframes childbirth as the most pressing global Human Rights issue today. The film is launching with hundreds of premieres all over the world on the same day, Thursday 20th September 2012.

Made by British filmmakers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, Freedom For Birth film tells the story of an Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb who has been jailed for supporting women giving birth at home. One of the home birth mothers supported by Ms Gereb decided to take a stand and won a landmark case in the European Court of Human Rights that has major implications for childbirth around the world.

The film also features many of the world’s leading birth experts and activists: Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger, Robbie Davis- Floyd, Dr. Sarah Buckley plus more academics, midwives, doulas, OB/GYNs, birth educators, campaigners, lawyers and parents. For more information or to see the trailer go to www.freedomforbirth.com .
After the film there will be a Q and A with the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition as well as information regarding the state of birth choices and home birth in Kentucky.KHBC will be asking for donations to support KHBC’s work to license Certified Professional Midwives in KY. Kentucky families have the right to chose their place of birth and birth attendant, and Birth Care Network supports all safe and positive birth options for women in our community.
Join us in the Community Room at Commonwealth Bank in St. Matthews at 6:30 for socialization, and we’ll hit “play” at 7:00pm.This event is open to BCN & KHBC members, friends, and everyone in the community!  Please RSVP on Facebook!

Download your own flyer to print and share here.

We’re on Facebook and would love to have you friend us over there.

 Keep an eye on our wall for updates, announcements, and out meeting events.

We’ll try to do a better job at updating the blog, but check facebook for the most current info!

 

Stop by and see our booths at June 16’s Birth in the Bluegrass (click the image above to visit the site)!  We are proud to be a bronze level sponsor and are excited about talking to a new group of expectant families about ICAN of Louisville!

Come by and see us, and don’t forget to tell your friends!  This event is free and open to the public!  There will be raffles, presentations, and loads of great information!  See you there!

Our previously scheduled meeting for May on “Creating Safe Boxes” has been canceled.  We look forward to seeing you at our June educational meeting!

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