Monthly GALS Volunteer Meeting
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly GALS Volunteer Meeting

  • 212 E Monroe St Austin, TX 78704 (map)
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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. 

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Monthly Volunteer Meeting
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Volunteer Meeting

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. 

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GALS 10th Anniversary Gala (Feat. The Business of Being Born)
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

GALS 10th Anniversary Gala (Feat. The Business of Being Born)

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.

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January Monthly Meeting
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

January Monthly Meeting

  • 212 East Monroe Street Austin, TX, 78704 United States (map)
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Join us for our first meeting of the year! This meeting will be an overview of our new policies and a closer look at our newly established core values.

If there is time, we will also do some planning for our upcoming fundraisers!

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November Monthly Meeting
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

November Monthly Meeting

  • 212 East Monroe Street Austin, TX, 78704 United States (map)
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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. 

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October Monthly Meeting
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

October Monthly Meeting

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*

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August Monthly Meeting
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

August Monthly Meeting

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. 

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Birth: A Play by Karen Brody
Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Birth: A Play by Karen Brody

Giving Austin Labor Support and Director Oona Mekas presents Birth: A Play by Karen Brody.

The critically-acclaimed play, Birth, is based on BOLD founder/playwright Karen Brody's interview with 118 mothers. With humor and passion, the piece celebrates the deep power that is available to every woman giving birth. Expert panel and Q&A immediately following the performance.   

Purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birth-a-play-by-karen-brody-tickets-27423188495?aff=es2.

All proceeds benefit Giving Austin Labor Support, a non-profit ensuring no woman births alone

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GALS Volunteer Orientation
Jan
21
9:00 AM09:00

GALS Volunteer Orientation

After you complete the Volunteer Application, you may receive an invitation to attend one of the GALS volunteer orientations.

Volunteer Orientation is held quarterly at Ronald McDonald House from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The next volunteer orientation will be held January 21, 2017. Parking is free in the east lot. Also, we ask that each attendee bring at least one item from the RMHC wish list to donate! Their space is free to non-profits and this is an easy, simple way to give back to them.

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September 2016 Volunteer Orientation
Sep
10
9:00 AM09:00

September 2016 Volunteer Orientation

After you complete the Volunteer Application, you may receive an invitation to attend one of the GALS volunteer orientations.

Volunteer Orientation is held quarterly at Ronald McDonald House from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The next volunteer orientation will be held September 10, 2016. Parking is free in the east lot. Also, we ask that each attendee bring at least one item from the RMHC wish list to donate! Their space is free to non-profits and this is an easy, simple way to give back to them.

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GALS July Monthly Meeting
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

GALS July Monthly Meeting

Interested in having a doula but can’t afford it? 

Come meet some of our GALS Volunteers who are on-call to support mommas through labor and childbirth. During the event we will have a brief overview of what we do, as well as a time to ask questions. 

Location: 212 E. Monroe Street, Austin, Texas 78704

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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