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Welcome to the Rhode Island BirthNetwork!
The Rhode Island BirthNetwork (RIBN) provides information, resources, and mutual support to expectant parents in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts regarding choices in childbirth.
We also advocate for the expansion of birth options in our area.
Our group consists of current and expectant parents, as well as obstetricians, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and other birth professionals.
To ask a question or find out more information about how RIBN can help, just send us a message!
Welcome to change. Welcome to choice. Welcome to RIBN.
RIBN was founded by Erin Barrette Goodman in the spring of 2005 in response to the growing demand in RI for evidence-based information about pregnancy, birth, and new parenting.
She gathered together a group of concerned professionals, parents, and educators to form what would evolve to become the premier statewide resource for new and expanding families.
Under the continued leadership of Allison Spooner the organization’s membership grew exponentially alongside its reputation in the community. In 2014 RIBN became an affiliate chapter of BirthNetwork National.
Today, RIBN has grown into an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization comprised of parents, community advocates, and health care providers who encourage informed decision-making during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
RIBN endorses and encourages the CIMS Mother-Friendly Initiative and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative standards, working collaboratively with medical professionals to effect positive, statistical changes in birthing standards of care.
The Birth Survey is an on-going, online consumer survey created by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) that asks women to provide feedback about their birth experiences.
The Birth Survey
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