Long Island BirthNetwork National 4 Penn Street Lake Grove, NY 11755 631.357.

4933 1-888-45BIRTH “It’s Your Birth. Know Your Options.”

November 8 th, 2010
Name Address Address2 Dear, Are you interested in reaching families who want to make informed decisions about Pregnancy, birth and postpartum care? Recently, The Long Island BirthNetwork National chapter opened, under BirthNetwork National, and we’d love for you to be a part of it. BirthNetwork National is a national non-profit organization with local roots in Southeastern Michigan. The mission of BirthNetwork National is to promote the awareness and availability of evidence-based maternity care. BirthNetwork National is leading a grassroots movement based on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. BirthNetwork National advocates motherfriendly care as defined by the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) through information, confidence, and support. By making informed choices and having confidence in the process, families can experience safe and satisfying childbirth. We achieve this by the development of our chapters in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, as well as encouraging the development of chapters throughout the United States. BirthNetwork National currently has 19 chapters--up from 5 in 2005--and is continually expanding. BirthNetwork National chapters host free informational meetings encouraging mother-tomother support and the ability to make informed choices for safe and satisfying childbirth. These meetings give consumers and birth professionals the chance to come together and learn more about the benefits of evidence-based care in pregnancy and childbirth. BirthNetwork National also creates, distributes and updates “Birth & Beyond: A Resource Guide” that lists birth-related professional members of BirthNetwork National who have endorsed the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) “MotherFriendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI)”. This guide is available both in print and on our website (www.birthnetwork.org).

Some highlights of BirthNetwork National’s accomplishments for 2007: * BNN continues to contribute at a national level through their participation in the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). BNN Past President Michelle Kendell continues her work on CIMS Leadership Team as Co-chair. * BNN Past President Sandra Bitonti Stewart co-chairs the CIMS Grassroots Advocates Committee, which is responsible for the Transparency in Maternity Care project. Within that project, The Birth Survey (www.thebirthsurvey.com) pilot launched in New York City in July 2007 and should launch nationally in summer 2008. * BNN was featured in the pilot episode of the tv/internet show “Everyday Goddess”. Three BNN Board members were featured in the taping, which can be viewed here: www.everydaygoddess.tv/videos/pilot_episode/index.html * Presented our third conference “Mother-Friendly Childbirth…Safe and Satisfying” at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan featuring national guest speakers Linda Smith and Barbara Hotelling. *Continued our work to bring like-minded consumer birth organizations such as the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), Lamaze International’s Institute for Normal Birth, and Citizens for Midwifery together in formal collaborations. * The Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of the Mother-Friendly Care was recently published as a Supplement of the Journal of Perinatal Education (Volume 16, Supplement 1, Winter 2007). This review was the result of the hard work and collective effort of the CIMS Expert Work Group. BirthNetwork National and Citizens for Midwifery collaborated to create a one-page (double sided) summary of the research findings in order to make this wonderful effort from the CIMS Expert Work Group more accessible to everyone. Read it here: http://cfmidwifery.org/pdf/MFCevidencehighlights13B.pdf * Was featured as an Exhibitor at the National Organization for Women (NOW) conference in Detroit, Michigan as well as La Leche League International’s conference in Chicago, Illinois. * Continued expanding our chapter development bringing our total number of chapters in the United States to 29, up from 5 in 2005. If you provide care that enhances the well being of mothers, babies and families, we invite you to please consider supporting the mission of BirthNetwork National. Join as a Professional Member today so you can be listed in the next edition of our resource guide. The process is simple. You may complete and return the enclosed Professional Membership application form, as well as the MFCI Endorsement form and mail it to: Long Island BirthNetwork National Attn: Tamrha Richardson, Membership Coordinator 4 Penn Street Lake Grove, NY 11755

You may also apply online at our website: www.birthnetwork.org If you don’t wish to become a Professional Member but would like to contribute to BirthNetwork National’s mission by making a tax-deductible financial contribution, we would be immensely grateful for your support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tamrha Richardson at 631.357.4933 or you may email Libirthnetwork@gmail.com

Sincerely, Tamrha Richardson, Chapter Leader Mary Betsellie, Chapter Leader Lisa Inglese, Chapter Leader Long Island BirthNetwork National Enclosure: Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI), MFCI Endorsement Form, BNN Professional Application Form Long Island BirthNetwork National * 4 Penn Street * Lake Grove, NY 11755 www.birthnetwork.org * Libirthnetwork@gmail.com * 631.357.4933 * 1-888-45BIRTH “It’s Your Birth. Know Your Options.”

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