"motherwise birth resources (mbr) is a group of mothers united by the need to advance birth options in our community. mbr promotes education and supports accessibility of birth options as an active information resource. mbr promotes the Midwives Model of Care and the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and works to bring the normalcy of birth to the community. mbr believes that the natural process of birth and mothers educated in their birth options will empower women to be the guardians of their birth experiences."
So far, I have only lurked on their (very informative) Yahoo group, but I will be attending my first meeting tomorrow night. I think any mama who wants to be "plugged in" to the midwifery, natural birth, and/or home birth loop in the Richmond area should know about this group!
The thing is, there used to be a site. I remember seeing it, complete with birth stories and meeting info, etc. Where did it go? Or did they take it down to redo the whole thing?
Not that it matters, I'm just curious. I do think I need to start going to meetings, I'm strongly considering a homebirth if/when we have baby #3 and want to know what I really want before I'm pg, ideally.
Jess, if you're considering homebirth you should also try to make it to one of the Richmond Birth Circle meetings. It's a great, great group of women (and sometimes men) offering support for homebirthers or those considering homebirthing. I have yet to make it to one of the Motherwise meetings (did go to the ice cream social) but I'd say that Motherwise fills the need for consumer advocacy and education. Of course, their objectives overlap a bit.
I'm going to try to get out to one of the Motherwise meeting asap, too.
BTW, RBC on the 3rd Tues of each month at St. Matthias church.
Their monthly "Birth and Beyond" meeting is next Wednesday, June 14 at 7pm. St. Mary's Hospital (5301 Bremo Rd, corner of Libbie and Monument in the West End), Room 152 (across from the cafeteria). This month's topic is "Reclaiming Birth".
I went last month and thought it was really great.
Thanks Qtopia. I might try and make it. I'd love to connect with some other mamas in the area. My daughter was born in a birthing center in MD and I haven't decided yet if I'll do a homebirth for the next one or use a midwife in a hospital. I'm leaning toward homebirth. Either way, it'd be good to get to know the community here.