Rally to Improve Birth

For the past two years, women and men in Buffalo have rallied to improve birth in the WNY area. In 2012 we rallied outside of Mercy Hospital , and last year we rallied in front of the soon-to-be birth center on Main St.  This year's rally is going to be bigger and better than ever!

On Saturday, September 6th, Buffalo, NY along with many other cities across the US and internationally will gather together to rally for Evidence Based Maternity Care for women .
This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth. It’s not about hospital birth vs. homebirth or birth center birth.

It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives. It’s about respect for women and their decisions in childbirth, including how, where, and with whom they give birth; and the right to be treated with dignity and compassion.

Please join us and make this year's rally a huge success!  We will have pre-made signs for people to use, so no need to bring your own.  Also, we're asking everyone to wear either white, blue, or teal; there are some excelent options for white t-shirts at our cafepress shop.

If you have a birth or child related business please consider being one of our supporters.  We'll be handing out 25 goodie bags to rally attendees; for $10 you can put a business card in the bags, and for $15 a brochure or product.  For just $20 you can have a table at the rally! (please note that you must supply your own table).  Alternatively, you may provide a gift basket for our raffle in lue of payment.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in becoming a rally supporter.

Mentor Mom Program

Are you a mom-to-be?  Would you like a friend who has "been there" to help guide you through the confusing world of pregnancy?

BuffaloBirth Network can match you up with a mom who can mentor you.  She will help you find the information you're looking for, be your own personal cheer-leader, or just be a shoulder to lean on when you need it.

Our goal is not to judge, "sell", or convince any mom that one way is better than another.  We support, encourage, and advocate for the right of each woman to find her own path.  Also please note that Mentor Moms do not give medical advice.

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text4baby

Get FREE messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year.

 

Just text BABY to 511411 to enroll.

 

Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

The Birth Survey

CIMS, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group working toward transparency in maternity care, today announced that consumer survey results rating health care providers and birth facilities are now available online at www.thebirthsurvey.com.

The CIMS Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey is the first ever consumer ratings website dedicated solely to providing feedback on obstetricians, midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and home birth services. The consumer reviews include overall ratings and recommendations for birth facilities and care providers, and also a seven-item set of questions on providers’ interpersonal and communication skills, facility intervention rates, and information on finding good care. A national average of ratings is also displayed to provide comparison with individual ratings.

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Birth Article in Art Voice

Our very own Rachel Zeller has been featured in an article about birth in Buffalo and beyond in an article in Art Voice. Please check it out!

Getting Off Our Backs
by Lindsay Berman

How women are reclaiming birth, one midwife at a time

Eileen is not coming to your house with a bottle of gin,” says Eileen Stewart.

The director of Buffalo Midwifery Services and a certified nurse midwife, Stewart is one of many midwives across the country trying to demystify the public’s image of midwifery, including the notion that it is an old-world holdout whose method of choice is liquor. Stewart says her mission is to help women understand their birthing options, their bodies, and their rights.

This focus on the re-empowerment of birthing mothers and the firm belief in the mental and physical control women can have over birth breeds contention between the traditional medical community and midwives, naturalists, and women seeking alternatives to medicalized birth. ...