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becoming an equitable organization

A Statement on Becoming a More Equitable Organization

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jan 9, 2020

When Pam England wrote Birthing From Within in 1998, she changed the conversation about birth in our culture, taking the traditional approach to birth preparation and turning it on its head in a way that touched birth professionals and parents deeply, and continues to do so today. Pam created a counter-culture legacy, pushing back against…

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Charlene Hamilton

Meet the Mentor: Charlene Hamilton

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jan 8, 2020

In our ongoing Meet the Mentor series, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our amazing Birthing From Within Childbirth Educators and Doulas. You’ll learn a little bit about their Birthing From Within work – and, just for fun, get a glimpse into their personal lives and opinions! Today, let’s meet… Charlene Hamilton Charlene…

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Resources for birth justice and anti-racism

Resources for Studying Birth Justice and Anti-Racism

By the Birthing from Within Team | Dec 22, 2019

This list is in service of furthering birth justice by acknowledging and addressing racism and white supremacy in birth in our culture. This is by no means an exhaustive list; it will be updated frequently. We are open to suggestions and/or feedback on these resources. Books White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to…

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terms for an equitable and anti-racist framework

BFW Dictionary: Shared Terms for an Equitable and Anti-Racist Framework

By the Birthing from Within Team | Dec 22, 2019

The following terms and definitions are intended to serve as building blocks towards an equitable and anti-racist framework. The majority of this text was provided to Birthing From Within by Aimée Brill of Village Birth International. If you are struggling with these ideas, check out our resources list for further education and support. Accomplice. A person…

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addressing racism and white supremacy in birth in our culture

Ways to Change Birth in Our Culture, Part 12: Acknowledging and Addressing Racism and White Supremacy as Birth Professionals

By the Birthing from Within Team | Dec 19, 2019

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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Birthing From Within mentor Christy Cozby

Meet the Mentor: Christy Cozby

By the Birthing from Within Team | Nov 20, 2019

In our ongoing Meet the Mentor series, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our amazing Birthing From Within Childbirth Educators and Doulas. You’ll learn a little bit about their Birthing From Within work – and, just for fun, get a glimpse into their personal lives and opinions! Today, let’s meet… Christy Cozby Christy…

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Crossing the Threshold testimonials

Crossing the Threshold: Powerful, Magical, Soul-Enriching

By the Birthing from Within Team | Nov 18, 2019

BFW’s signature offering, the Crossing the Threshold weekend retreat, has been receiving wonderful feedback from new and experienced birth workers alike. We are so thrilled by this, and we can’t help but share some of what we have been hearing…and we hope that it may inspire you to come experience the magic yourself. “This workshop…

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inclusive language

12 Ways to Change Birth in Our Culture, Part 11: Use Inclusive Language in Your Birth Practice

By Megan Malone-Franklin | Nov 14, 2019

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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birth heroic journey

12 Ways to Change Birth in Our Culture, Part 10: Know that Birth is a Heroic Journey

By the Birthing from Within Team | Oct 14, 2019

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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Christine D'Esposito

Meet the Mentor: Christine D’Esposito

By the Birthing from Within Team | Oct 10, 2019

In our ongoing Meet the Mentor series, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our amazing Birthing From Within Childbirth Educators and Doulas. You’ll learn a little bit about their Birthing From Within work – and, just for fun, get a glimpse into their personal lives and opinions! Today, let’s meet… Christine D’Esposito Christine…

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Who should be at the birth?

Who Should Be There?: Making Decisions about Who Will Attend Your Birth

By Farrah Sheehan | Sep 25, 2019

Many parents-to-be spend at least some time worrying about who should be present for the births of their babies. Childbirth educators, doulas, and other birth professionals often field questions about the matter. “Who should I bring to the hospital with me?” “So-and-so wants to be at the birth, but I’m not sure I want that…what…

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birthing from within birth art process

12 Ways to Change Birth in Our Culture, Part 9: Include Birth Art Processes in Classes for Parents and Professionals

By the Birthing from Within Team | Sep 17, 2019

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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