RI Birth Network

RI Birth Network RIBN supports evidence-based care during the childbearing years. RIBN supports women and families seeking evidence-based care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

We encourage informed decision-making about your birth and work with care providers to ensure that mothers, partners, and families are respected and supported by their medical providers and medical facilities.

We encourage informed decision-making about your birth and work with care providers to ensure that mothers, partners, and families are respected and supported by their medical providers and medical facilities.

Planned home birth: benefits, risks, and opportunities
06/08/2019
Planned home birth: benefits, risks, and opportunities

Planned home birth: benefits, risks, and opportunities

While the number of women in developed countries who plan a home birth is low, the number has increased over the past decade in the US, and there is evidence that more women would choose this option if it were readily available. Rates of planned home ...

Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy
05/14/2019
Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy

Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy

African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women are about three times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to white women in the United States.

"If rising maternal mortality is fundamentally a failure of social support, we all need to step up... We need to listen ...
11/21/2018
A soaring maternal mortality rate: What does it mean for you? - Harvard Health Blog

"If rising maternal mortality is fundamentally a failure of social support, we all need to step up... We need to listen to moms. And we need to support them." – Dr. Neel Shah, MD

The maternal mortality rate in the United States has risen by 50% and pregnancy-related conditions and lack of support compromise the health of new mothers.

11/20/2018
KING 5

KING 5

A pregnant goat had an unexpected birthing coach show up days before delivery.

Every Mother Counts
11/03/2018
Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts

"And I wouldn't say it's even poor black women. Look at the situation with Serena Williams. It doesn't matter your income, it doesn't. They’re just not listening to African American women. We're not important."

Birthing From Within
10/12/2018
Birthing From Within

Birthing From Within

Have you thought about a postpartum party? These are some helpful and supportive ideas that parents of newborns may find valuable.

#childbirth #postpartum #birthingfromwithin #postpartumparty

http://ow.ly/3Mf630m5SXs

Childbirth International (CBI)
10/08/2018
Childbirth International (CBI)

Childbirth International (CBI)

"Our findings show that women who are more vulnerable benefit from the care of a midwife, likely because they receive more time, counselling and education"

In Canada, where this was released, midwifery care is covered by the government in most provinces, making it moderately more accessible for all families. In your own community, what is available to support low-income families in accessing midwifery care?

Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center?
09/25/2018
Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center?

Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center?

For uncomplicated pregnancies, they offer an alternative to the typically expensive and intervention-heavy maternity care system.

CesareanRates.org
08/28/2018

CesareanRates.org

This tweet is from a maternal fetal medicine specialist (also called MFMs or high-risk OBs). She thought it would benefit her patients to broaden her skill set. 💚 #MaternalJustice #maternalsafety #cesareanrates #csections #midwives

C-section not best option for breech birth
08/16/2018
C-section not best option for breech birth

C-section not best option for breech birth

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada will launch program to teach physicians breech vaginal delivery

OB-GYN Chitra Akileswaran’s thoughts on the ARRIVE Trial, etc: “Trials like ARRIVE are more than just fodder for an acad...
08/12/2018
Chitra Akileswaran on Twitter

OB-GYN Chitra Akileswaran’s thoughts on the ARRIVE Trial, etc:
“Trials like ARRIVE are more than just fodder for an academic debate.
They send a message from the OB community to the public about how we philosophically approach birth. And fundamentally, whether we trust women’s bodies to do the job.”
(Click over to read the whole thread.)
#ARRIVEtrial #maternalsafety

“Trials like ARRIVE are more than just fodder for an academic debate. They send a message from the OB community to the public about how we philosophically approach birth. And fundamentally, whether we trust women’s bodies to do the job. 1/”

New research is suggesting that when birthing in a hospital, inducing at 39 weeks reduces the chance of having a cesarea...
08/10/2018
Choosing to induce labor at 39 weeks reduces risk of C-sections, study finds

New research is suggesting that when birthing in a hospital, inducing at 39 weeks reduces the chance of having a cesarean section. This is interesting to consider - when the care provider is in full control of when labor starts and when baby will arrive, they do fewer c-sections.

How might you explore this study while evaluating the lens the study was performed through? Where is the bias in this and what are other, more evidence-based and scientifically sound alternatives to prevent unnecessary inductions and cesareans?

The new research contradicts a long-held belief that inductions lead to more complications, including more cesareans.

We must stand up for pregnant immigrant moms!
08/04/2018
We must stand up for pregnant immigrant moms!

We must stand up for pregnant immigrant moms!

Dear Senator, As one of over a million members of MomsRising, I am writing to ask you to support an important piece of legislation that will protect the health, dignity and safety of pregnant women in detention—the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. Between December 2017 and April 20...

07/25/2018
Science Channel

Science Channel

Here's how a creepy king led to women giving birth while lying down. (via Seeker)

Mothering Magazine
05/21/2018
Mothering Magazine

Mothering Magazine

"While most the world thought that Amy Schumer's sketch on childbirth and motherhood last week was hilarious, I want a return on her Mother's Day gift."

03/04/2016
Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

After several days of conversations with the Rhode Island Department of Health about Care New England Health System's lack of transparency in the closing of the Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, the Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center is pleased to report that Dr. Alexander-Scott and the DOH have heard your voices loud and clear! Stay tuned for more information on a date and location for the public forum and THANK YOU! #savethebucket
http://www.ri.gov/press/view/26996

03/03/2016

CALL TO ACTION: Families! Please send us your letters for the department of health as early as you can tomorrow morning! We need your voices!!!! PLEASE send your letters TO US at [email protected]. We will get them delivered!

PLEASE Address your lettersto Dr. Alexander-Scott at the Department of Health. 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908. But mail to us.

We are GRAVELY concerned that CNE may not be following the proper regulations and timeline for closure, and thereby not insuring continuity of care for families currently under the care of Memorial Hospital doctors and midwives.

The Department of Health must be made aware of what is happening.

Please spread the word! We have reason to believe there will be a vote by the board on the closure of the Birthing Cente...
02/25/2016
Sign the petition: CARE NEW ENGLAND DO NOT CLOSE THE BIRTHING CENTER AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Please spread the word! We have reason to believe there will be a vote by the board on the closure of the Birthing Center tomorrow evening. Let's flood CNE's email boxes with petition response. Please urge everyone you know to sign.
Thank you for your support of this wonderful place and the important work they do for RI women and families!
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As many of you have heard, Care New England (CNE) is strongly considering closing the Birthing Center at Memorial. Organization-wide financial concerns are cited as the motivating factor.
CNE has not made a public announcement of their intention to close the center, yet there is significant indication that a decision to close has already been made, even if not publicly acknowledged. Once CNE begins the required regulation process to close the Center, it could be completed in as little as 90 days.
The closure of the Birthing Center’s Mother-Friendly care model would be a devastating loss to communities in Rhode Island and beyond. The local Pawtucket community, as well as many who actively seek out and travel to the Birthing Center, will lose access to respectful, evidence-based maternity care in a community hospital setting that is unparalleled in its commitment to:
• offering consistent and culturally sensitive care across diverse patient populations
• respect for physiologic birth (viewing birth as a natural physical process, not an illness)
• collaborative care between OB’s, family physicians, hospital and homebirth midwives, nurses, doulas, and other birth professionals
• practitioners highly supportive of VBAC (vaginal birth after cesareans)
• routinely providing Gentle Cesareans (as defined/developed at Memorial Hospital*)
*No standard definition of what constitutes a “Gentle Cesarean Section” exists. No other hospital in RI includes as many family-centered and baby-friendly elements in their cesareans, as Memorial.
This unique and family-centered culture of care has been developed over countless years by a committed team of doctors, midwives, nurses and hospital employees. It cannot be simply moved or reproduced.
No other hospital in the state currently offers a comparable model of maternity care. THE BIRTHING CENTER AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL MUST BE KEPT OPEN.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/care-new-england-do-not.fb50?source=c.fb&r_by=630708

I just signed a petition to Dennis Keefe, Care New England CEO, Arthur Deblois, Michael Tauber, Sandra Coletta, Executive VP of Care New England, Sandra Coletta, Executive VP of Care New England, Lawrence Prince, MD, Lawrence Prince, MD, John Byrne, MD, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Operating Officer,…

Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center
02/15/2016

Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Memorial's Birthing Center is the only RI hospital with a "Mother-Friendly" designation from the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. Yet another reason we love it and all the fantastic professionals that make it what it is. Learn more about the philosophy that drives the care at the Birthing Center:
image of one of the doctors at Memorial with client © Agroterra Photography

http://www.motherfriendly.org/MFCI

Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center
02/08/2016
Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Thank you DORI!
With 30% of our babies in the US being born by Cesarean Birth- The gentle family centered approach pioneered by Doctors at Memorial are the cornerstone of safe and truly supportive care.

The cause has been launched... Like the page to keep up on developments, share your love for The Birthing Center at Memo...
02/08/2016
Coalition To Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

The cause has been launched... Like the page to keep up on developments, share your love for The Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital on the wall or email the coalition at: friendsofmemorialbirthcenter at gmail.com. Let's see those Memorial Born babies on FB and Instagram #borninthebucket . We have a lot of work to do to save this much loved maternity unit, lets rally as a community to get it done!

Memorial Hospital's Birthing Center is in danger of being closed.
The Coalition is trying to secure this unique model of maternity care in our community...

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Providence, RI
02940

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Our Vision: RIBN serves to bring more personalization and less procedure to birth experiences for parents and their babies throughout Rhode Island. As we expand our relationships within medical community, our goal is to raise the level of support among RI medical providers and medical facilities for gentle birth, reducing costs and health risks associated with unnecessary medical procedures. We will work with the RI Health Department to ensure that birthing statistics are current and reflect the true nature of medical facility birthing procedures throughout the state.

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