Check out these BirthLink Resources:
Free Standing Birth Center Project:
Auction for Beautiful Design Concept Open Now
Thanks to architect, Sharmila Subramaniam, we are now offering the design of this wonderful facility to the highest bidder. This beautiful building incorporates a large water feature in the center and a lovely garden area. The bidding will begin at $1000.
Just e-mail us at BirthLink and let us know if you are interested in submitting a bid. Be sure to include your complete contact information with mailing address and phone. This project is a research based professional concept design. The plans would need to be developed for your specific site. All proceeds will be donated to BirthLink.
No More VBACS!A Rockford Midwife Takes on the Challenge
Many hospitals are now instituting the policy that "oncea c-section - always a c-section". This was the trend back in the 70s and it is back. The trend began in the Rockford area where hospitals were fearful of raising already high malpractice insurance rates. Now the trend is moving into the Chicago area with several hospitals doing the same. There are several reasons for this. VBAC or vaginal birth after c-section is considered the safest option if there is no induction. What can we do? We can do what Rockford midwife and BirthLink member, Jude Wrzesinski, CNM has done; start a local ICAN (Internatioanl Cesarean Awareness Network Inc) group and start a writing campaign. You can use their letters which you can download, print and send. You can also send your own letters. We hope that mothers and fathers research all their options so that they make informed decisions.
Letter 1: NIH Petition
Letter 2: Surgeon General Petition
Letter 3: Women's Initiative Petition
NHLBI Health Information Center
Women s Health Initiative
PO Box 30105
Bethesda MD 20824-0105
The Surgeon General
Office of the Surgeon General
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville MD 20857
Check out ICAN for additional information on these issues.