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Tips for Planning Your Babymoon

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 1-3pm Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room

Dallas Bossola, Prenatal Mentor and Postpartum Doula and owner of bloom! Prenatal & Postpartum Services, will discuss hormones, nutrition, early days of breastfeeding, self-care, support and more. You will leave with ideas for creating your very own postpartum plan. Remember, birth is only the beginning of your transition to parenthood. Grab a friend and bring your questions! FREE

Partners, husbands, friends, family and babes in arms are always welcome. Bring a snack to share if you are so inspired.

* Please note this event falls on a Sunday afternoon instead of our usual Thursday evening.

RSVP today.

Doors open at 12:45. Meeting starts promptly at 1pm. ***The main entrance to the library will be locked. Please follow the sidewalk on the LEFT side of the building around to the ramp/rear door.***

For more info email outerbanksbirth@gmail.com.

Please invite your friends. All events are FREE and open to the public


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Birth Talk: Share, Connect, Support

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 7-9pm Kill Devil Hills Library

Birth Talk is a casual gathering for conversation and a place to ask questions, share experiences, support each other’s struggles and triumphs, and connect with others in the community. This circle of trust and support is open to everyone including expecting and new mothers, fathers, doulas, practitioners, childbirth educators, and anyone with a passion for supporting the power of birth. Babes in arms are always welcome. FREE

Bring a snack to share if you are so inspired.

Doors open at 6:45. Meeting starts promptly at 7pm. ***Please follow the sidewalk on the LEFT side of the building around to the ramp/rear door.***

For more info email outerbanksbirth@gmail.com . RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488061488174487/

Please invite your friends. All events are FREE and open to the public.


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Evidence-Based Maternity Care: Pearls of Midwifery

pearls of midwiferyThursday, May 14th 7-9pm –         Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room

Certified Nurse-Midwife Lucille Lamberto will present the proven benefits of normal, physiologic labor and childbirth for mothers and their newborns. Lucille will share her passion for the science and art of the midwifery model of maternity care as well as present the benefits of evidence-based practices in any setting – home, birth center, or hospital. The Pearls of Midwifery represent fine examples of best childbearing care practices.

Partners, husbands, friends, family and babes in arms are always welcome.

RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/631033453707247/

Doors open at 6:45. Meeting starts promptly at 7pm. ***Please follow the sidewalk on the LEFT side of the building around to the ramp/rear door.***

For more info email outerbanksbirth@gmail.com or call 252-207-5601.

Please invite your friends. All events are FREE and open to the public.


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Outer Banks Mothering Tent

1610099_237284833128057_4712249883684635733_nOuter Banks Birth Network and the OBX Breastfeeding Bistro provides a Mothering Tent at community events such as OBX Cares, Artrageous, and KidsFest. This quiet place to rock, rest, change, and feed your baby is an oasis for pregnant and breastfeeding  mothers.

Through generous donations in 2014,  we were able to purchase the tent.  Last year we borrowed supplies and this year we are hoping to purchase our very own portable, light weight rocking chairs and more supplies.

We are also looking to upgrade our free lending library with current books on pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.

Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

www.gofundme.com/obxmotheringtent

OBBN is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization founded in 2010. All contributions are tax deductible.


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Nurses Talk Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7-9pm.

Having your baby at The Outer Banks Hospital? This event will be a great opportunity to meet the staff. If not, join us anyway to add techniques to your labor tool bag.

shutterstock_98943413A team from Labor & Delivery will join us to discuss comfort measures during labor and birth. Whether you’re planning for a medication free birth or not, labor is an intense experience and practicing breathing techniques, relaxation, positioning, and massage can help reduce anxiety and stress in the delivery room. The team will share ways that hospital staff can assist you. They will also discuss techniques that laboring women and their birth partners can use to work together as a team to prepare for the birth journey. Bring your questions!

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Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room  400 Mustian Avenue, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, USA


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The Spirit of the Doula

Thursday FebHusband as "Doula"ruary 12, 2015  7-9pm  Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room

Most recognize Doula as a term referring to some mystical and/or new age role during pregnancy and birth. For many locals, both finding and/or affording Doula services seems to keep the term stuck in the realm of fantasy. Please join recent local resident Ryan Jones Cohen as she embarks on an evening’s quest to invoke The Spirit of the Doula, right here on the Outer Banks! Through her experiences having Doula services during both of her labor journeys, Ryan is compelled to educate, inspire, and share with you the power a Doula can bring to your pregnancy experience and empower you to manifest Doula principles, whether you have one or not!

Partners, husbands, friends, family and babes in arms are always welcome.

Bring a snack to share if you are so inspired.

Doors open at 6:45. Meeting starts promptly at 7pm. ***Please follow the sidewalk on the LEFT side of the building around to the ramp/rear door.***

For more info email outerbanksbirth@gmail.com.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/867633769965534/

Please invite your friends. All events are FREE and open to the public.


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Bring Back the Midwives Petition Update

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Nine copies of the petition were delivered today to the following individuals:

  • Ronnie Sloan, President, Outer Banks Hospital
  • Robert Owens, Chairman, Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors
  • David Herman, President and CEO of Vidant
  • Roger Robertson, President, Vidant Community Hospitals and Health Access
  • David H. Womack, Chairman, Vidant Health Board of Directors
  • Warren Judge, Chairman, Dare County Board of Commissioners
  • Anne Thomas, Health Director, Dare County Department of Public Health
  • Jeff Hammer MD, Outer Banks Center for Women
  • Daniel Dwyer MD, Vidant Women’s Care-Outer Banks

The petition packet included 433 signatures, 80 personal comments, 12 personal letters, and a bunch of “We ♥ Midwives” Valentines.

The goal of Where’s My Midwife? – Outer Banks and Outer Banks Birth Network is to bring awareness to a health care need not being met in our community. It has been over six years since Certified Nurse-Midwives with delivery privileges at the Outer Banks Hospital have worked with local families. We believe midwives are an integral part of the health care team, providing safe, cost-effective and patient-responsive health-care that produces high levels of patient satisfaction and good outcomes for women and babies. Women are leaving Dare County to receive these services in Elizabeth City, Chapel Hill, and Norfolk, VA.

For more updates and news “Like” Where’s My Midwife? Outer Banks on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WMM.OBX.


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Call to Action! Write a personal letter to Vidant Health/Outer Banks Hospital today!

Join us and take a stand demanding local access to Certified Nurse-Midwives! 

Our collective voice speaks the loudest. We believe:

  • Every woman deserves the right to choose as her primary care provider a midwife who follows the Midwives Model of Care.
  • Midwives are highly trained professionals who can provide the full scope of women’s health care.
  • Because Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital and its affiliate practice no longer offer this choice, pregnant women are being forced to leave the Outer Banks and travel great distance to give birth with Certified Nurse-Midwives.

The Call to Action is this: Tell Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital we want local Midwives.

*Deadline for letters is December 17, 2012*

Email your personal letter to outerbanksbirth@gmail.com or mail your letter to:

Bring Back the Midwives • PO Box 875 • Nags Head, NC 27959

 Tips: 

  1. The best letters are short (not more than one page) and courteous. They can be handwritten or typed.
  2. Identify yourself as a resident of the Outer Banks (include your name and address).
  3. Clearly identify the issue (lack of midwifery care).
  4. State what you want done (immediately hire experienced Certified-Nurse Midwives).
  5. Personalize your letter. Include a sentence or two about your personal experience with the issue or a sentence or two about the local impact of the issue in question. **Include a photo of your baby or your family.**
  6. Be sure to thank the recipient for their attention.
  7. Be sure to sign your letter.

Sample Letters:

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was absolutely certain that I wanted a midwife’s care because of the midwifery ideology that birth is a natural event that does not require unnecessary intervention. Luckily, at that time in 2004 there was a midwife working in Dare County and I was able to give birth to my son with her assistance at Outer Banks Hospital. However in 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter, I did not have the option of a midwife’s care in Dare County. For that reason, I chose to receive midwifery care in Virginia and chose not to give birth at Outer Banks Hospital. I know many women who feel the same way I do and who have left Dare County for their midwifery care and birth experiences. My natural child-birth experiences with my midwives were the most empowering and precious moments of life. I feel strongly that Dare County families need midwifery services.–Molly Harrison, Nags Head NC

To whom it may concern, 
I am a local resident of the Outer Banks and was sadden to know there were no midwife options when I was pregnant with my second child. I believe families should have choices regarding prenatal and women’s health care. I used a midwife for the birth of both my children and strongly support Dare County in hiring a midwife in our community. Midwives offer an aspect of health care that both doctors and nurses do not. I believe that if  midwives, doctors, and nurses worked together as a team, the relationship would benefit and strengthen all involved. For families that choose a midwife this would mean they could receive care in their own community. 

Sincerely, 
Heather MacLean 
Kill Devil Hills, NC

Use your voice! 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  -Margaret Mead

 

And if you haven’t signed the petition, please sign today! http://www.change.org/petitions/vidant-health-outer-banks-hospital-bring-back-the-midwives


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Bring Back the Midwives

Did you know that it has been six years since Outer Banks families have had access to local Certified Nurse-Midwives?  We are concerned about this lack of full-time midwifery care in our community.

Why choose a midwife? According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives “the word midwife describes a woman who is “with women” at birth. Midwives practice under a philosophy of care that focuses on the specific needs of women, empowers women to actively participate in their health care, and minimizes unnecessary intervention”. 

Local women are traveling out of Dare County to receive these services in Elizabeth City, Norfolk and Chapel Hill:

“When I was pregnant with my first child, I was absolutely certain that I wanted a midwife’s care because of the midwifery ideology that birth is a natural event that does not require unnecessary intervention. Luckily, at that time in 2004 there was a midwife working in Dare County and I was able to give birth to my son with her assistance at Outer Banks Hospital. However in 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter, I did not have the option of a midwife’s care in Dare County. For that reason, I chose to receive midwifery care in Virginia and chose not to give birth at Outer Banks Hospital. I know many women who feel the same way I do and who have left Dare County for their midwifery care and birth experiences. My natural child-birth experiences with my midwives were the most empowering and precious moments of life. I feel strongly that Dare County families need midwifery services.”–Molly Harrison, Nags Head NC

“I chose a midwife with my pregnancy in 2005 because of the time she took to get to know me; she was a partner in my care not the director. We made decisions together about my birth. She supported the fact that birth is normal. I choose a midwife today because of these same reasons.”  –Whitney Norko, Kill Devil Hills NC

We are petitioning Vidant Health / Outer Banks Hospital to immediately hire experienced Certified Nurse-Midwives to provide the full scope of women’s health care as well as 24-hour, seven-day-a-week midwifery coverage for childbirth at the Outer Banks Hospital.

Certified Nurse-Midwives are licensed professionals who can independently manage primary health screening; common health problems; and pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for low-risk women. Midwives are an integral part of the health care team, providing safe, cost-effective and patient-responsive health-care that produces high levels of patient satisfaction and good outcomes for women and babies.

Our hope is that women will not be forced to leave Dare County to receive midwifery care. Thank you for your immediate attention to this issue.

If you live in Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrell counties, please sign our petition to Bring Back the Midwives. Do it for your self! Do it for your daughter, your mother, your granddaughter, your sister! Just do it! Because birth matters! 

SIGN HERE

Share with your family and friends. Let Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital know that we, the community and the consumers want Certified Nurse-Midwives back on the Outer Banks!