We're approaching the final weeks of our Born in Vermont event series and have made some changes to the final schedule. Please check our our calendar of events for the most up to date info on upcoming happenings.
The biggest news is that we are planning a public signing of our recently passed midwifery/home birth coverage bill with Governor Shumlin! The event will take place next Wednesday, May 18th at 3pm.
Our plan is to gather on the State House lawn in Montpelier at 2pm for a family picnic in celebration of our big victory. It will be a potluck style event complete with music and kids activities. The Governor will join us at 3pm for the bill signing and some fantastic photo opportunities. I hope you can join us - and bring your friends, family, and colleagues - it is our chance to get together, celebrate our success and thank the legislators and administration official for their support on this important issue! Questions? Want to help out? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Mother's Day!! Stop by our Born in Vermont Art space at Splash Naturals in Montpelier (upstairs, 58 Main Street). Open house from 11am to 1pm. Henna, music with Rachel Rice, hand massages, kids crafts, snacks and more. Hope you can stop by..
The Midwife Bill, S.15 moved one step closer to the Governor’s desk today, thanks to hundreds of supporters who emailed their Representatives this week and joined us at the State House this morning. Nearly a hundred of moms, dads, and kids desended on the State House to voice their support for the bill by giving their Representatives personalized photographs.
The bill is up for a final vote on the House floor, before it heads to the Senate, where final language must be approved. Thank you so much for your energy & enthusiasm – we couldn’t have done it without you! Stay tuned for updates throughout the week.
Check out some of the amazing pictures from the Lobby Day:
You can check out more pictures and find more updates at the Born in Vermont Facebook page by clicking here!
You can check out the pictures from the Lobby Day at VPIRG's Facebook page by clicking here.
Join us for an evening of education, discussion, and action!
Born in Vermont is pleased to host a special policy panel this Wednesday at our space in Splash Naturals. 58 Main Street (upstairs). We'll start with a reception at 4pm, and begin the panel discussion promptly at 5pm. From 6:15pm to 7pm we'll direct our energy and turn our discussion into collective action.
We are honored to be joined by the following distinguished panelists - all of whom are true advocates for women in Vermont, D.C. and across the globe:
Access to critical family planning and reproductive health services is in jeopardy. Recent cuts to family planning services, attempts to repeal national health care reform, and targeted attacks on federal funding for Planned Parenthood are just a few of attacks on women's health care.
Our distinguished panel of leaders will provide us with an update on the national scene, lead a discussion about potential impacts on Vermont and how we can work together to make sure that women have access to the critical health services that they need. We'll be talking about the state of family planning & reproductive health services in Vermont, as well as prepping for some action on S.15 - the bill that would require insurance companies to cover midwifery services and home birth.
Questions? Send me an email! email@example.com
Opening gnight was a huge success!
After a little fussing, a lot of sweat, a few sleepless nights - and last minute help from a fantastic and supportive team, Born in Vermont, opened to the public. We had a great crowd and everything fell into place - it almost feels like the space was meant for us! Laura, Trina, Katherine, & I are looking forward to upcoming events, making additions, and sharing this joy with you. We're so excited about the space, we're trying to find a way to keep it open through the summer...shhhhh, don't tell:) It's far from official.
Thank you to Lindsay Lachant, Katherine Bramhall, Mike Russo, Jerome Foster, Ame Solomon, Woden Teachout, Karen Leibermann and others, for sharing your art with us and helping to bring this gathering place to life!
And an extra big thanks to our generous sponsors, including VPIRG, Vermont Birth Network, Splash Naturals, Pomerleau Real Estate, Katharine Bramhall and Gentle Landing Midwifery, Vermont Midwives Alliance, Mama Says, Planned Parenthood New England, and the Vermont Commission on Women.
Here's a link to the amazing photos that Ame shared with us at the event:
And feel free to check out additional pictures of the event, attached below!
VPIRG and Vermont Birth Network Kick Off Born In Vermont
A multi-media celebration of childbirth and motherhood in the Green Mountains
Montpelier, April 22, 2011: Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and the Vermont Birth Network are proud to announce Born in Vermont, a Celebration of Motherhood and Childbirth in the Green Mountains. The three-week series of free art exhibits, workshops, discussions, and book readings runs from Earth Day to Mother’s Day 2011, with an opening reception on April 22nd from 4pm to 8pm in conjunction with Montpelier Artwalk. The bulk of events will take place at Splash Naturals at 58 Main Street (upstairs) in Montpelier. A full schedule of events can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/borninvt/
The exhibit, which will be open to the public, features birth art and interactive exhibits by Vermont’s local artists, poets, musicians - mothers, fathers, and children. Three select paintings from artist Jesse LoVasco’s With Child capture moments during her own daughter’s labor, accompanied by poems. Richmond illustrator and father, Marc Hughes will display pages and read from his new self-published book, Birth at Willow’s House. Woden Teachout, a Middlesex-based historian and author takes a historical and pictorial look at childbirth in the United States. Ame Solomon, a Montpelier doula, will display a slide show of photographs of intimate moments of mothers-to-be, babies, children and families.
Scheduled events include: Q & A on home birth, intro to doula training, prenatal/postnatal nutrition, prenatal yoga, post-partum aromatherapy, baby massage, global maternal health, and a screening of Organic Birth at the Savoy Theatre.
On the evening of April 27th, we will be joined by Jill Krowinski, Public Policy Director of Planned Parenthood and Crea Lintilhac, Secretary of the Lintillhac Foundation, for a panel on family planning policy in Vermont. During the first week in May, Representative Tom Stevens and Representative Chris Pearson will host a discussion on fathers and childbirth. Children’s weekend, slated for the weekend of May 30th, will include with crafts, face painting, story hour, music, and more. The Born in Vermont event series will close with a day-long celebration on Mother’s Day – May 8th.
The series is being co-sponsored by generous coalition of national and state partners, including: Vermont Midwives Alliance, Mama Says, Pomerleau Real Estate, Splash Naturals, Planned Parenthood New England, Vermont Commission on Women, Katherine Bramhall of Gentle Landing Midwifery and National Women’s Law Center.
VPRIG is the largest nonprofit consumer and environmental advocacy organization in Vermont and has been instrumental in advancing S.15, the bill that will mandate Vermont insurance companies to cover home birth services provided by licensed midwives. Vermont Birth Network is a free, independent resource of evidence-based information for expectant families and providers. As part of Born In Vermont, VPIRG and the Vermont Birth Network will continue its The Labor of Love Campaign to promote legislative and educational measures that ensure that the newest Vermonters enter this world safely with peace – in the most loving and supportive environment possible.
A complete schedule and description of events and locations is available at the Born In Vermont website, HYPERLINK "https://sites.google.com/site/borninvt/" https://sites.google.com/site/borninvt/ For more information, contact Cassandra Gekas, VPIRG Health Care Advocate, (802) 223-5221, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“When I helped women and their partners communicate how significant natural birth was to them, I saw that staff members were more likely to support their goal.”
On Wednesday, April 20th 4:00pm Cynthia Gabriel helped us kick off Born in Vermont with a discussion about her new book, Natural Hospital Birth, the Best of Both Worlds. Doula, medical anthropologist, and mother of three, Cia shared her tools and inspiration with listeners. She works with expecting mothers to help them release their fears, win the support of hospital staff, and avoid unnecessary interventions. Thanks for joining us on Wednesday and stay tuned for upcoming events!
CHeck out pictures from the event: http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee