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Our Mission:

Our mission is to protect the birth experience by providing women and their families with education, resources, and advocacy.

Our Vision:

We are dedicated to empowering women to honor and celebrate the birthing process. We envision a community where parents access resources to make informed choices for their birth and early parenting experiences.

Meet the Doula

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
(4th Sunday Even Months)

Monterey Public Library
Community Room
625 Pacific Street, Monterey
Event begins promptly at 2pm

Friday March 25nd, 2016
(4th Friday Odd Months)

Learning Center
1930 N Davis Road, Salinas
Event begins promptly at 6pm

A free community event for expecting women and couples. 
Meet local birth & postpartum doulas and learn about the 
tremendous benefits of having a doula by your side 
before, during, and after birth.

Bring questions or just come to listen. You'll have the opportunity 
to talk with several doulas and find the right one for you. Big brothers 
and big sisters are welcome to attend. Events last about 2 hours.

Refreshments will be served. 

(Free event, but space is limited)

Doula Registration (Members)
Doula Registration (Non-Members)
(Registration closes 1 week before each event)

Meet the Midwives
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Monterey Public Library
Community Room
625 Pacific Street, Monterey

Meet local midwives who attend both hospital and home births 
in Monterey County (and surrounding areas). If you are curious 
about what a midwife does, what she will bring to a birth, what happens 
in an emergency, where you can have a waterbirth locally... 
don't miss this event! 

Open to expecting parents or parents considering midwifery
care for their next pregnancy.

Expecting parents can register at HERE
*This is a free event for parents*

You can view the facebook event page here

Public Round Table Discussions 2015
The Parenting Connection of Monterey County
Marina Del Mar School, Rm 10
3066 Lake Dr. Marina
6:00-8:00 pm

These evening meetings are open to parents, members of the community,
and all members of the  Birth Network of Monterey County.
Each meeting will have a topic and a panel of experts.
Bring questions or just come and listen to the discussion.

Arrested Labor
Wednesday, February 11th
A discussion for professionals and parents about why
labor sometimes "stalls" and what options are available.

Panel includes Jamie Meyerhoff, CNM, WHNP; Sarah McCabe, Lamaze childbirth educator, CBD; Jennifer Golden, LCSW; Molly Lineberger, Mother

Labor Induction
Tuesday, June 9th
Labor induction has become more and more popular
in our society. Professionals and parents are invited
to learn more about the risks, reasons, and options of 
labor induction.

Panel includes Carole Jungwirth, RN; Jacqueline Little, CPM, LM; Maureen Manning, LAc; Cori Gentry, Childbirth Educator & Mother

***Vaginal Birth after Cesarean***
Monday, September 14th
Many women today are told "once a cesarean, always a cesarean," 
but that is not always what women desire or what is safest for mom and baby.
This educational panel on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) will include a 
local OBGYN, L&D nurse, midwife, and doula. Learn what local options are available for women having another baby after a cesarean birth. 

Panel includes 
Dr. Chander, OB/GYN; Jacqueline LIttle, LM, CPM
Brittany Randolph, Doula, Prenatal Fitness and Nutrition
Maia Carpenetti, VBAC mom and co-chair of ICAN 

The Postpartum Period
Thursday, November 19th
Parents often times spend time preparing for their birth and the baby, but not the postpartum period for mom. Learn how to have a healthy and positive postpartum period physically and emotionally from our panel of local experts.

Panel includes Gail Root M.A. 
Pre & Perinatal Psychology & Health, Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, CPT, WHE; Registered Dietitian, Tina McRorie of Monterey Bay Parenting & Attachment Parenting International

Visit the facebook page here.

Member Lunch Meetings 2015
Tarpy's Roadhouse (Sarah's Room)
2999 Salinas Monterey Highway, Monterey

These meetings are open to all members of the
Birth Network of Monterey County. Each meeting will have
a topic for our professional members, we will cover what events
are coming up, and members can connect with other professionals
in our area. Bring cash or checks for lunch.

2015 Member Lunch Meetings:

Tuesday, January 13th
Membership kickoff, 2015 Events
You can view the facebook event page here.

Friday, April 3rd
Volunteer Opportunities, Networking
You can view the facebook event page here.

Wednesday, August 19th
Volunteer Opportunities, Networking
You can view the facebook event page here.

Thursday, October 1 
Wendy Root Askew will be our guest speaker. She will be sharing what
options families have available to them after receiving care that was unsatisfying
or traumatic. As birth professionals and community members it may be helpful to know what steps families can take to heal a situation, or create change. 
You can view the facebook event page here.


Optimize Your Birth Panel Event
and Birth and Baby Fair

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Natividad Medical Center
1441 Constitution Blvd, Salinas

Free community event for families interested in learning about their birthing options and how to better prepare yourself for your ideal birth from local professionals at this free  event. Professional panel includes an Ob/Gyn, home birth midwife,  childbirth educator, and birth doula.

The Educations Panel will be followed by a Birth & Baby Fair for women and their partners who are planning to start a family, are currently expecting, or have welcomed a new baby. Meet local birth & early parenting professionals. Ask questions of doctors, doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and more.

Thank you to our panelists this year!
Michelle Liamidi, MD, OB/GYN
                        L&D Nurse: Rosa Gutierrez, RN, PHN, MSN
                        Nurse Midwife: Jamie Meyerhoff, CNM,
                        Acupuncturist: Kristen Roth, L.Ac.
                        Doula & Birth Educator: Czarina Bowers

If you would like to have a table at the event, you may register here.

News & Announcements


    Postpartum Support Groups: Free, confidential, support
    group for mothers to find comfort, validation, and resources 
    from one another and from local therapists. 2nd Tuesday 
    of each month in Marina. 3rd Tuesday of each month in 
    Postpartum Warmline: Free, confidential, bilingual 
    therapists will return your call, listen to your concerns, 
    offer a postpartum screening, and help you connect with
    the right local resources.


    Cori Gentry teaches Birth Boot Camp childbirth classes 
    in Carmel, Monterey, Salinas, & Santa Cruz that prepare both 
    mom and her partner for a positive, natural birth at home or in the hospital. 
    See class schedule: www.corigentry.com

    Danielle Rodhouse offers Hypnobirthing Childbirth Education, 
    a childbirth education series with a strong emphasis on 
    relaxation and visualization techniques.  For more information, email: daniellerodhouse@sbcglobal.net  

    Kaye Coleman offers a series of 5 Hynobirthing classes. 
    See her class schedule: www.creatingklarity.com

    Michele Nizza is offering one-day Childbirth Education 
    Classes Saturdays from 9:00-4:30 PM.  For location and 
    more info contact her at: www.mumstheword.biz

    Sarah McCabe teaches a 4-week Prepared Childbirth 
    class at The Parent Center and a 7-week Confident Childbirth class at 
    The Parenting Connection.  For more information, and a complete schedule, please visit:  www.timelessbirth.com


    We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to complete CIMS's (the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services) Birth Survey.  
      • "The Birth Survey is an ongoing, online maternity care consumer survey.  The purpose of The Birth Survey is to provide women with a venue to give feedback about their birth experiences with specific doctors, midwives, hospitals, and birth centers, and to make this feedback available on this website as searchable reports.  These reports will be a resource to help other women and families to make more informed choices when choosing maternity care providers and birth settings and provide practitioners and institutions with feedback for quality of care improvement efforts."