JustBirth Winchester

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Please help us spread the word about this upcoming class taught by Juliana Fehr. JustBirth’s page has been quie...
09/29/2020

Please help us spread the word about this upcoming class taught by Juliana Fehr. JustBirth’s page has been quiet this year, so it seems that our posts are no longer showing up in people’s newsfeeds. If you see this, please like, comment and share so we can increase the number of people who’ll see this post. Thank you so much JB community! We’ve missed you 💗
Gretchen Volschke Juliana Van Olphen Fehr Erin Boyers Fox Becki Lanham Kim Pekin

Earn CEUs, hang out with other people who are passionate about birth and learn how the Optimality Index promotes physiological birth! Register soon because in-person space is limited.

Earn CEUs, hang out with other people who are passionate about birth and learn how the Optimality Index promotes physiol...
09/25/2020

Earn CEUs, hang out with other people who are passionate about birth and learn how the Optimality Index promotes physiological birth! Register soon because in-person space is limited.

01/08/2020

There will be no meeting in January. Big changes coming!

JustBirth is feeling grateful that Virginians have the option to choose CPMs or CNMs. This article was shared by Kim Pek...
12/13/2019
Debbie Pulley v. Janice Izlar, President of the Georgia Board of Nursing | Pacific Legal Foundation

JustBirth is feeling grateful that Virginians have the option to choose CPMs or CNMs. This article was shared by Kim Pekin, owner of Premier Birth Center in Winchester.

Debbie Pulley has been a Certified Professional Midwife in Georgia for 24 years, both working as a midwife and advocating for midwives. The state's rules changed in 2015, allowing only licensed nurses to practice midwifery in Georgia. So Debbie turned her efforts to reforming Georgia's laws and advo...

Are you passionate about decreasing maternal and infant mortality? Are you passionate about increasing birth options? Re...
12/09/2019

Are you passionate about decreasing maternal and infant mortality? Are you passionate about increasing birth options? Respectful maternity care? Community support for pregnant families? JustBirth is looking for volunteers who are fired up and want to continue working to improve maternity care in our community. Let us know your ideas. Let us know how you would like to help.

11/20/2019

JustBirth history continued:

In 2013, a group of BirthMatters members decided to withdraw from the state-wide group to focus on issues closer to home. This led to the creation of JustBirth.

JustBirth has hosted monthly educational meetings, movie nights and community picnics. We continued to educate and create a space for families to come together to learn and share stories.

Winchester now has a vibrant birth community made up of midwives (CNM and CPM), OBs, nurses, doulas and lactation consultants. Women may now choose to birth at home, in a birth center or in the hospital. Winchester area families now have birth options that didn't exist 10, 20 years ago.

Yay Winchester!

11/18/2019

JustBirth history continued:

In 2004, Midwifery Options for Mothers joined with other birth groups throughout the state to create BirthMatters Virginia. We continued with classes and birth circles throughout the state and some members spoke before the Virginia state legislature as they were considering state licensure for Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs).

In 2005, Governor Mark Warner signed 2 bills providing for the licensure of CPMs in Virginia.

See comments for a personal story about the state of midwifery in the early 2000's.

11/12/2019

In 2001, Midwifery Options for Mothers (MOM) was formed. At that time, Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs or direct-entry midwives) were not recognized as legal health care providers in Virginia. The goal of MOM was to educate the public, health care providers and policy makers about the Midwifery Model of Care in order to increase options for birthing families in Virginia.

I Julie) was not part of this initial group, but I found a MOM information card in a health food store and was super excited. I didn't know there were midwifery options in our area. I called the number on the card and asked for the names of area midwives. I was told there weren't any. (There were, in fact, some midwives practicing "underground", but I wasn't given that information over the phone that day. Those midwives had to be protected, because they were working outside the law.)

I joined MOM and then drove almost 2 hours to my midwife appointments in Alexandria. There is a birth center there that is run by Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). CNMs were legal at that time, but they required doctor supervision, and there weren't any working in the Winchester area.

If you were part of the early MOM group, please jump in to expand on our brief introduction, or to offer corrections if we’ve gotten anything wrong.

We are so grateful for the amazing women who began this movement to increase birth options for Virginia families. 🥰

More JustBirth history to come.

11/09/2019

The JustBirth board has been discussing the history and mission of JB. Stay tuned for the backstory and future plans.

*Edited for clarification*JustBirth applauds Virginia's governor for making it a goal to eliminate maternal mortality ra...
10/30/2019
Public invited to governor's 'listening session' on pregnancy-related deaths

*Edited for clarification*

JustBirth applauds Virginia's governor for making it a goal to eliminate maternal mortality racial disparities in The Commonwealth by 2025. See the attached article for statistics.

The meeting referenced in the article was one of several "listening sessions" sponsored by Governor Northam in order to facilitate understanding of this important topic. Senator Jill Vogel was in attendance.

Healthcare professionals and members of the audience were invited to share their perspectives and offer suggestions for eliminating racial disparities in maternal mortality.

Over and over again last night, speakers addressed what they have seen and what research has shown is a major reason for racial disparities in maternal mortality - racism. This is a complex issue that is difficult to summarize in a Facebook post. Please see below for some links and quotes that expand upon this topic.

It was a powerful meeting which we hope will be followed by meaningful changes in maternity care and ultimately to a decrease in maternal mortality in our state.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2868586/

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/05/10/722143121/why-racial-gaps-in-maternal-mortality-persist

From the NPR article:
"Today it's becoming more clear that disparities have more to do with racism than race, says Neel Shah, an OB-GYN and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

For a long time there was "this baked-in assumption" that there was something different genetically among black women leading to their higher rates of maternal mortality, he says. But "genetically we are all the same," he says, and the evidence is strong that it is the chronic effect of the stress of racism, or "weathering" as some researchers describe it, that takes its toll on pregnancy, childbirth and care for a newborn after birth.

And this stress can take place in medical settings as well, where unconscious bias can affect quality of care, according to NPR's 2017 investigative report. NPR and ProPublica collected 200 stories from African American mothers and found that unconscious bias in health care was a "constant theme."

What's more, racial disparities and the increased risk for black women are not ameliorated by social status, income or education, says Shah."

WINCHESTER — More women die from pregnancy-related complications in the United States than in any other country in the developed world, and women of color are more than three times

Join us tonight to hear Juliana speak and for the chance to win a copy of Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery book!
10/08/2019

Join us tonight to hear Juliana speak and for the chance to win a copy of Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery book!

10/03/2019

Dana Taylor, our scholarship winner, chose Jessica McKee (Flourish Birth Services)
as her doula.
😊😊😊😊😊

10/02/2019

Congratulations, Dana Taylor, on winning JustBirth's doula scholarship!

08/29/2019

Reminder:
Doula Scholarship application deadline is September 1

08/07/2019

If you’re a local doula and haven’t heard from us yet, please reach out to us. We’d love to include you on our list of participating doulas.

08/07/2019

Apply for our Doula Scholarship by September 1

07/28/2019

Have you heard about JustBirth's
2019 Doula Scholarship?

07/28/2019

Doula Scholarship Details:

• JustBirth will offer one Doula Scholarship in 2019.
• The recipient of the scholarship will select a doula from a list of participating local doulas.
• The recipient of the scholarship will sign a contract with the doula of her choice and pay $200 directly to the doula.
• JustBirth will pay the remainder of the doula’s fee directly to the doula.
• This scholarship may be used for a birth doula or a post-partum doula.
• Scholarship winner will be announced in September 2019.

Who is eligible:

• Any woman living in Winchester or the surrounding counties who is pregnant or has recently been pregnant

Criteria for selection:

• Financial need of applicants will be considered.
• A strong desire for a doula as indicted by the application essay.

How to apply:
• Answer the following questions:
How would a doula positively impact your birthing or postpartum experience? Would the cost of a doula be a financial hardship for you?

• Answer should be 1 – 2 typed pages, font size 12
• Deadline for submission: September 1, 2019
• Submit essay via email to [email protected]

07/27/2019

2019 Doula Scholarship!

JustBirth recognizes the importance of skilled care during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

A woman who includes a doula as a member of her birth team is less likely to undergo a C-section, less likely to use pain medication, more likely to experience a spontaneous vaginal birth and, on average, experiences a shorter labor.

JustBirth is dedicated to supporting families during their childbearing years. In an effort to improve birth outcomes in our community, we will be offering a Doula Scholarship this year. Doula services in our area cost between $800 - $1,400. JustBirth’s scholarship will reduce that cost to $200.

Details to follow!

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Join us for another inspiring talk by Heather Self, mindfulness expert, on Tuesday May 14. And one lucky person will get to take home this book!

Join us for another inspiring talk by Heather Self, mindfulness expert, on Tuesday May 14. And one lucky person will get...
05/07/2019

Join us for another inspiring talk by Heather Self, mindfulness expert, on Tuesday May 14. And one lucky person will get to take home this book!

What a great meeting last night!🙌💃👭 🎶We had a lot of laughs, learned some moves, shared our experiences, and as always a...
04/10/2019

What a great meeting last night!🙌💃👭 🎶
We had a lot of laughs, learned some moves, shared our experiences, and as always at our meetings, we had the chance to ask & answer *any* questions about *any* aspect of pregnancy and birth.

"Dancing for Birth" goes well beyond learning some dance moves...you'll benefit from making cherished connections with other pregnant ladies, learning about labor & birth, toning those important birth muscles, practice quieting the mind, reduce stress, and it may improve labor and baby's wellness and more...

At our April meeting we’ll be giving away a free pass to one of Garland’s Dancing for Birth classes.
04/06/2019

At our April meeting we’ll be giving away a free pass to one of Garland’s Dancing for Birth classes.

The FDA recently approved the first drug specifically for postpartum depression. It must be administered intravenously, ...
04/04/2019
FDA approves first treatment for post-partum depression

The FDA recently approved the first drug specifically for postpartum depression. It must be administered intravenously, costs $20,000 - $34,000 per treatment and carries a block box warning because there is a risk of excessive sedation and sudden loss of consciousness. What are your thoughts about this?

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm633919.htm?fbclid=IwAR1zgD-i-VapSloJfTJHBfpHQ8xr3o20ZIGCTFH2pbmQMRBWLVYnlK2nJqQ

FDA approves Zulresso (brexanolone), the first drug for post-partum depression

"The United States is one of only two developed countries where maternal death rates actually worsened between 1990 and ...
02/18/2019
Natural MD Radio: How These Women are Saving Black Mothers' Lives

"The United States is one of only two developed countries where maternal death rates actually worsened between 1990 and 2015."

"African American women have the highest infant mortality rate of any group in the U.S. Why aren’t we saving black mothers? it’s a matter of poor obstetric practices in the U.S. combined with overt racism."
-Aviva Romm

Listen below to hear how a Washington, DC non-profit is working to improve maternity care for black women.

Maternal health statistics in the U.S. are declining and the effects felt most strongly are by women of color. Why isn't our priority saving black mothers?

02/01/2019

Using effective Comfort Measures during labor encourages your body to release an abundance of endorphins (natural pain relievers), and also helps you stay focused and relaxed, all of which helps improve outcomes for moms and babies.
***Come out to Bowman Library***
February 12th @ 6pm to learn from some of the best doulas in our area, Jess McKee & Marielle Fusaro of Flourish Birth Services

01/13/2019

We just received our 400th Like!
Thank you for supporting our work to improve birth outcomes in our community 😊

We’re excited to announce that JustBirth will be partnering with Handley Regional Library’s Youth Services program in 20...
12/11/2018
Handley Regional Library: Home Page

We’re excited to announce that JustBirth will be partnering with Handley Regional Library’s Youth Services program in 2019!

Our meeting location, beginning in January 2019, will be Bowman Library in Stephens City.

Our meeting time will be 6:15-7:30pm.

We’ll continue to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Stay tuned for our 2019 schedule 😊

This is the YSM Template online catalog home page.

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11/02/2018

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Check out this wonderful opportunity offered by Garland Caldwell!

I am looking for pregnant women who would like to participate in my free Dancing For Birth demonstration class. The class is a 90 minute session that combines childbirth education, labor comfort measures, dance moves to use throughout pregnancy and during labor, and a fun celebration of pregnancy and motherhood. We will learn dance moves derived from Latin, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern styles. This is a fun and gentle workout that is safe at all stages of pregnancy as well as during the postpartum period (Mothers wearing babies are also welcome). No dance experience necessary!

Check out this wonderful opportunity offered by Garland Caldwell!I am looking for pregnant women who would like to parti...
11/01/2018

Check out this wonderful opportunity offered by Garland Caldwell!

I am looking for pregnant women who would like to participate in my free Dancing For Birth demonstration class. The class is a 90 minute session that combines childbirth education, labor comfort measures, dance moves to use throughout pregnancy and during labor, and a fun celebration of pregnancy and motherhood. We will learn dance moves derived from Latin, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern styles. This is a fun and gentle workout that is safe at all stages of pregnancy as well as during the postpartum period (Mothers wearing babies are also welcome). No dance experience necessary!

Join us for our meeting tonight at 6:30. We’ll be giving away this gift certificate that was generously donated by our s...
09/11/2018

Join us for our meeting tonight at 6:30. We’ll be giving away this gift certificate that was generously donated by our speaker. Thank you, Becki!

08/13/2018

Come on out for the mom's talk tomorrow evening.

07/08/2018

No meeting this month. See you in August 🌞

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Hope this is ok to post here! I’m gauging interest in getting January Harshe, author of Birth Without Fear, to come to Winchester VA this August! 8/17 is the date we are looking at. Tickets would be $99 for the conference and is open to non pregnant women and men too:) Please help get Mama J here! ❤️ (There are chances for business to be a sponsor who could provide goody bags, chairs at the venue, etc., who would have their logo on the flyer as a sponsor as well if anyone is interested. This would be a great way to get your business out there if you offer placenta encapsulation, chiropractic care, doula services, etc.)
Dr. D sharing on having a healthy spine and healthy pregnancy!