Another SNEAK PEAK at our updates. We are getting very excited about how our birth rooms are coming together here. We can’t wait to reveal the finished products!
Would you like to meet with one of our midwives, have a free tour of our birthing center, and get all your questions answered? Now you can - monthly on Saturdays!
Starting January 2019 Family Birth Services will have open house the 1st Saturday of each month, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Come find out more about out-of-hospital birth, and the personalized care offered by our certified professional midwives. See for yourself why more and more informed women are choosing to deliver at birth centers or at home. And see why families have been choosing Family Birth Services since 1981 to help them safely welcome their newborn into the world!
And bring a friend who wants to learn more!
No appointment needed - just drop in and we'll be happy to show you around.
FBS takes pride in the high quality hands-on training we provide for our midwifery students. Each student we accept is carefully selected and will be with us for at least two years. All of our preceptors are dedicated to making the necessary sacrifices to pass on their midwifery knowledge to the next generation. These sacrifices include being willing to share births with students, be paid less for work so that clients get a discount for using a student midwife, and volunteering personal time to teach skills to our apprentices.
One of our midwife staff members, Lincey Knox, continued this tradition and set up an afternoon of IV instruction and practice for two of our students, Esther and Sarah, with our newest midwife Becky and her great veins. Everyone's investment paid off. Both students ran an IV successfully, learned best practices, and are now better equipped to serve clients.
When Helen (then Jolly) Nelson opened Family Birth Services in 1981, she had two simple goals: provide a safe place for women to give birth, and train more midwives. For the last 36 years we have continually done both. Helen was always eager to train whatever potential students came to her door. Early on, Family Birth Services developed a business model that allowed us to offer reasonable global fees on a sliding scale to clients, and simultaneously provide an opportunity for students to get the necessary birth experience in a way that was both sustainable and respectful to all.
In the past few years there has been a new focus within our birthing community, albeit on a very old problem. In health care at large and maternity care specifically, there are significant disparities between the maternal and infant outcomes of white women and women of color. This is now an undisputed fact backed up by multiple large studies. Initially the disparities were thought to be primarily related to socioeconomic differences, but that has now been disproved.
As always, there are leaders and pioneers who notice trends early and lead the way for the rest of us. One of these is Vicki Penwell CPM. Vicki, in collaboration with Claudia Booker CPM and Jennie Joseph CPM have given the rest of us The Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is a scholarship program designed to remove barriers that women of color may face when they wish to become non nurse midwives and serve their at risk communities:
“The idea to provide scholarships to women of color in America came from discussions with my friends and colleagues who are themselves women of color in the USA. (Black, Asian, and Hispanic) They shared with me that due to economics, fewer women of color had access to CPM out-of-hospital based training programs within America. This is why we see more CNMs of color than CPMs of color, because the access to scholarship and funding programs is greater for a mainstream RN to CNM route to midwifery. However, if we are to right a centuries old wrong, it is going to take more than a handful of black and brown midwives. The population of midwives must reflect the population of birthing women within this diverse nation.”- Vicki Penwell
With apologies that it has taken us 36 years to be intentional in this area, today we are finally recognizing where we have previously failed and are taking the first step by offering scholarships to women of color for future Family Birth Services apprenticeships.
Potential students may email and request an application. Our next opening will be summer of 2020.
The well respected Consumer Reports weighs in on childbirth! Check out this article that contains useful information and a thoughtful list for savvy parents who believe in doing their research, and know the importance of informed consent before getting any procedure.
What To Reject When You Are Expecting: 10 Procedures to Think Twice About During Your Pregnancy, by Consumer Reports, April 13, 2016