Having a centralized resource to birthing professionals in the Bay Area creates a community of support, trust, and quality care for new families.
My first child was born in 2010 and I was new to the Bay Area. I had moved down to be with my now husband a few years before from Portland, Oregon. In Portland, I knew many individuals in the birthing community and was pretty sure I was going to be spending the rest of my life there. So when I moved to San Jose and became pregnant I found myself having a really hard time finding birthing and birth professionals that held similar views as myself. I didn’t know how to go about finding a Doula or a Midwife in this new geographical location. And my google searches weren’t turning up the information I really needed.
I had been wanting a home birth since I was an adolescent. In my early 20’s I had found a water birthing book that fascinated me and at that time I had been studying to become a Lactation Educator. The path of becoming a Doula was intriguing to me. However, my career path has brought me to doing the work I truly love- counseling and psychotherapy with couples and women pre and postpartum.
When I became pregnant with my son I really wanted to jump in and enmesh myself with the birthing world. But I had a really hard time finding the community of holistic, natural, mom-centered birth workers for which I so longed.
That was until I found BABI (Bay Area Birth Information) a non-profit that does exactly what I was needing at that time.
BABI brings together Bay Area birth workers like Midwives, Doulas, Naturopaths, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and so many other professionals in the birthing world.
Today, I am so fortunate to be a member on the BABI Board and help to guide this invaluable nonprofit towards reaching more families in the Bay Area.
I encourage all professional workers in the birthing community as well as families (new and old) to experience MEET BABI where we will have resource information, music, giveaways, and lots of community support.
Sunday, September 24th, 2017
10 am -3 pm
Cupertino Quinlan Community Center
10185 N Stelling Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014