Sunday, August 30, 2009

Waterbirth Workshop with Barbara Harper

Learn all the specific physiologic reasons why water immersion and waterbirth work the way they do. Discuss "delivery" or birth techniques and tricks, like using pictures on the bottom of the tub to determine blood loss; reevaluate 2nd stage moves and maneuvers; shoulder dystocia in the tub; keeping water warm - why or why not; protocols, etc. Lots and lots of information, videos and studies from 25 years of research, experience and collecting data. Worth every penny!!

This workshop is taught by Barbara Harper, whose expertise in waterbirth and gentle, undisturbed birth is widely sought in all areas of the globe. She has lectured in 43 countries, including many medical schools, nursing schools, midwifery programs and university women’s studies departments. Barbara has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers and magazines and has appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows to talk about her work with waterbirth and gentle birth.

The class is $255 for providers, $125 for nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators, and $75 for pregnant moms or couples. It will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from 9:00am - 4:30pm at the United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW Fifth Ave.

For more information, please call (954) 821-9125, or email Barbara Harper at

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Florida Friends of Midwives Endorses MAMA Campaign

Florida Friends of Midwives endorses the MAMA Campaign, a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). This partnership is now at work to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice.

Help ensure that low income women on Medicaid all across the country can choose midwifery care – Donate Today! Any amount you can give will help Certified Professional Midwives be recognized under federal Medicaid law. If every supporter in Florida donated $25 and if busy midwives and birth centers donated $500 or $1,000, we would be well on our way to meeting our fundraising goal. Help us sustain the work of organizing and lobbying that it takes to make our voice heard in Washington, DC. Donate today at

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Heads Up on Infant Mortality Campaign

September is Infant Mortality month. Did you know that 1,687 babies died before age one in 2007 in the state of Florida alone? The 2009 Campaign for Healthier Babies is drawing attention to infant mortality by knitting one baby hat for every baby who didn't reach their first birthday.

"Too many babies are being born too soon, too small, or too sick to survive," said Jennie Joseph, CPM, Executive Director of Commonsense Childbirth. Please join Jennie in her endeavor to promote early prenatal care and save the lives of our children!

How you can help:

* knit or crochet one or more baby hats
* teach someone how to knit or crochet a baby hat
* donate to the campaign
* encourage all pregnant women to start prenatal care right away - we can help, no one is turned away

The hats will be displayed at a rally in September (date & time TBA). You can help by knitting or crocheting one or more infant hats and bringing or mailing your hat(s) to:

The Birth Place
1130 E. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Call: (407) 656-6938