IMPORTANT UPDATE: SIGN THE PETITION!
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.
The Rhode Island BirthNetwork holds quarterly meetings. All current and prospective parents and care providers are invited to attend. If you are a current professional member and you are interested in sponsoring a quarterly meeting, please contact us for rates.
HEALTHY EXPECTATIONS: A PRENATAL WELLNESS PROGRAM
Healthy Expectations is a new, 5-year research study funded by the National Institute of Health, and based here in Rhode Island at Butler and Women & Infants’ Hospitals. The study will investigate two programs for pregnant women who are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Eligible women are assigned to participate in either the Prenatal Walking Program (a 10-week gentle walking program for pregnant women) or the Postpartum Prep Program (a 10-week program on postpartum health and wellness for mother and baby). Because this is a research study, we will also ask women to complete some interviews and questionnaires at various times during their participation. Programs are free of charge, and women are also paid for completing each study assessment. We try to schedule appointments at times most convenient to women, and are able to conduct some intervention sessions at home, if preferred. Women may be eligible if they are over 18 years of age, have a singleton pregnancy up to 26 weeks gestation, and experiencing stress or sadness during the current pregnancy. Potentially interested women can may us directly to find out if the study is right for them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 401-455-6303
We hold events throughout the year where you can meet and learn from other expectant parents, learn about local birth settings and providers, and hear from a variety of birth professionals. Past events have included tables at community events, informal support group meetings, and celebrations marking significant expansions to birth options in our area.