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B.I.R.T.H. is a non-profit organization of parents, midwives, physicians, childbirth educators, doulas, professional labor support and lactation consultants .

We are working to create the emergence of a Houston community which promotes healthy, natural and safe birth for mothers and babies by providing access to information and resources in person, in print and on-line. We encourage high standards and provide a support network for Houston's birth community.


 

 

Join us for 13th Annual B.I.R.T.H. Fair

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014!


United Way Center

50 Waugh Dr.

Houston, TX


11am to 4 pm

Admission is FREE to all events

Join us for speakers, films, prizes,
children’s activities
and over 50
local vendors.

 

Sponsor and Vendor Applications for B.I.R.T.H. Fair 2014 is posted!

Visit our BIRTH Fair page from menu at left to view BIRTH Fair information, speaker sessions and applications.


For more information you can contact us at:

Birthcare@aol. com or

andreamoran02@gmail.com

Pat Jones, President
Andrea Moran, BIRTH Event Coordinator

 

 

 

Midwifery Scholarship Fund

Did you know that…

• African Americans have 2.3 times the infant mortality rate as Caucasians.

• African Americans are almost four times as likely to die as infants due to complications related to low birth weight as compared to Caucasian infants.

• African Americans had twice the sudden infant death syndrome mortality rate as Caucasians, in 2009.

• African American mothers were 2.3 times more likely than Caucasian mothers to begin prenatal care in the 3rd trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all.

• The infant mortality rate for African American mothers with over 13 years of education was almost three times that of Caucasian mothers in 2005.

 

How can we change these statistics?

Research has shown that midwifery care can help reduce prematurity and low birth weight, so one way is to provide educational opportunities to more women of color to become midwives.

BIRTH wants to provide a midwifery school scholarship to an aspiring African American midwife in the Houston community.  We will match any donation to this fund up to $3000.  So make a donation and double your contribution!

Your contribution, big or small, can make a difference.


Check, cash or credit card payments, please contact us at houbirth.org
Or our GoFundMe page
http://www.gofundme.com/midwife

 

BIRTH Board of Resolutions

There are many opportunities during pregnancy, birth, and post-partum recovery period for disagreements or disappointments to arise with your care provider.  BIRTH now has  a resource that can help resolve these complaints. By making use of this resource, you can help improve the care you and others will receive from health care and birth support providers.

The resource is a committee that BIRTH (Bringing Information and Resources To Houston) (see houbirth.org) has formed to hear grievances against Houston area providers of obstetrical and midwifery birth care and provide mediation in an attempt to resolve each complaint to the satisfaction of all involved parties. Use of the committee is voluntary and the committee is comprised of a variety of community members including an obstetrician, attorney, parent, consumers, doula, and midwife whose goals are to find resolutions to grievances in our community.

 

To reach the BIRTH grievance committee, please email birthcare@aol.com .
 

Message from founder of B.I.R.T.H.:

 "I believe that women are empowered through the pain and joy of childbirth. Birth is a mirror inside a woman, allowing her to see her vastness and her limits as no other experience can.

Birth is a spiritual event for me which I experience as a miracle every time. Over and over, I am involved in situations which seem to be constantly reminded that we are in charge of nothing and that everything happens truly in divine order. The respect in which we treat newborns comes in part from our humility in the face of this divine order and in our service to the great unknowable rhythms of life. This gift is a healthy baby who arrives through unity and self-discovery into a loving world, a baby about whom deliberate, empowering choices have been made from the beginning.

Surely this first knowledge of the world will influence a child's life. To have felt a powerful flow of love, never abating, for those critical first hours and days must give one's character an underpinning of confidence and self-worth. Does not society also benefit? I believe that as more people are born with such harmony and deep sense of value in themselves, so the chances for harmony among people and nations will improve. I believe the work I do contributes to world peace."

 

Pat Jones, CNM

Founder and President of B.I.R.T.H.

 
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Join a discussion with members from B.I.R.T.H. each Sunday on KPFT's Whole Mother radio program from 7:00pm - 7:30pm . It is also broadcast live on the web at KPFT.

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