We will be joining hundreds of birth workers from across the country at the second annual Bornintothis.co conference.
We are caretakers. We are creatives. We are community-builders. We are doulas supporting doulas. We are born into this.
And we are proud to announce that our annual Born Into This conference will be back for its second run from June 6 to June 8, 2019. This summer, we’ll host a community of 200 birth workers, holistic health professionals, thoughtful leaders and creators in Austin, Texas for three days of discovery, accountability, resource-sharing and skill-building.
Curated by DTI, each day of the conference explores social justice, entrepreneurship, technology and creativity. Centered in interdisciplinary thought, the conference aims to make sense of the birth world’s intersections and context, as well as its relationship to our own practice as members of the field. Together, we will learn and organize to better serve our professional development and collective wisdom.
We hope to see you there!
It’s time for the annual I Live Here I Give Here event!
This 24 hour giving day is all about amplifying the money you give to help us do our best work. Nonprofits all over Central Texas will also be raising money and ILHIGH will be providing extra money to groups based who raises the most or gets the most people to donate.
Schedule your donation now! bit.ly/GALS2019
This meeting will be all about resource sharing! As always, meetings are open to anyone in the birthing community, but those not involved in GALS will be asked to leave once the birth circle opens to protect client confidentiality. This month, Hope, from Community Connects will share about the new program serving birthing people at St David’s South! We hope to see you there!
Due Dates with Advanced Maternal Age Seminar
Did you know that the number one reason for induction in most countries is going past your due date? In this Evidence Based Birth® seminar, you will learn the evidence on induction for reaching the due date and for going past 41-42 weeks. We'll cover a little bit about 'advanced maternal age,' and discuss the actual risk of stillbirth with age. We'll also watch a short video describing the results of the recently published ARRIVE study recorded by Rebecca Dekker, founder of Evidence Based Birth®!
About Your Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
Julie Le, CD(DONA), is a birth and postpartum doula and former Volunteer Coordinator with Giving Austin Labor Support in Austin, TX. Julie became in Evidence Based Birth® Instructor in 2016 due to her work with GALS, supporting low-income women in the Austin community. In addition to owning and operating Mama Fox Doula, Julie is a microbiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services and previously performed and published research in developmental biology, genetics, epigenetics, and entomology.
Join us as we discuss GALS, births, and hear from Alexis Edwards of Birth360 as she discusses Trauma Informed birth support. Alexis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified BEST Doula, and self-proclaimed birth nerd serving the link between birth and mental health in Austin, TX.
Supporting over 300 births in the last 10 years, Giving Austin Labor Support is proud to celebrate their commitment to the Central Texas community. GALS is an organization of dedicated volunteers who provide emotional, physical and informational support to those who are alone or under-supported through their birth experience in order to improve birth outcomes and empower women and their families. Join us for a showing of The Business of Being Born, an inspiring and informative documentary which first made its debut in 2008 (just like us) and led many people to desire better maternity care for themselves, their families, as well as inspiring a generation of birthworkers.
For sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Join us for the next edition of the GALS monthly meeting. Meet other volunteers, hang out with birth nerds, and learn more about the happenings of GALS!
Our new Board President, Nicole McCharen will be leading the meeting! We are talking about levels of listening, tapping into our intuition, and staying neutral while talking to clients.
Birth Support Companions/Doula Birth Circle: October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. As birth workers we have the honor of supporting women through loss. We hold space for women to grieve offering support, love, and a place in our hearts. GALS would like to honor you as the one who bears witness by hosting a birth circle: a safe space to share birth stories of grief, loss, healing, whatever truth you need heard.
Please bring: floor pillow or yoga mat, a candle of your choosing, small pieces of paper and pen/pencil.
Location: 212 E Monroe St Austin TX 78704
*Please note that this time is not intended to be a support group for moms who have lost a baby, rather for the birth workers. If you are a mom who is interested in this type of support group, contact us and we can direct you to those resources*
Asia Sartorwill be joining us! She is the 2016 Hellen Sullivan Scholarship recipient from the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. Asia currently works as a breastfeeding peer counselor with City of Austin WIC where she provides prenatal breastfeeding education, postpartum breastfeeding support (including latch assist, issuance of pumps, weight checks, education and referral), and weekly in clinic breastfeeding classes. Additionally, the City of Austin has allowed her to pilot a program she helped create with Travis County Correctional Facility and WIC where she teaches a breastfeeding/pumping/infant feeding program for incarcerated mothers to be.