Changing Waterbirth Practices in Texas: 2015 Guidelines, Tarrant County Birth Network August Meeting
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In 2014, a fatal Legionella infection occurred in a newborn after a water birth. Amelia’s death highlighted the need for infection control education, client awareness, and standardization of cleaning procedures in Texas midwife facilities offering waterbirth.

Her mother, Amber Jennings, participated in an Ad Hoc committee on the Texas Midwifery Board with five certified professional midwives and one certified nurse midwife to create the Waterbirth Guidelines, approved by the board this June.

The guidelines include criteria for use of water immersion for labor or birth, reasons not to enter or stay in the pool, environmental conditions for safety, management of stages of labor during water immersion and immediate postpartum concerns including newborn resuscitation.

Amber will join us to tell her story and describe the process the ad-hoc committee went through to create their recommendations to develop safer waterbirth practices for Texas mothers.

Maryn Taylor, with Buoyant Birth pool rentals will also join us to talk about practical application of the guidelines for providers and families.

The guidelines are available for review at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/waterbirth/

Meeting will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center,
1000 Montgomery St.
Ft Worth, Texas
in the Medical Education & Training Building.

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

TCBN meetings are free and open to the public. Please remember that regular meetings are only for adults and babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

June Meeting
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Answering the Call: Becoming a Midwife

Thursday, June 25th 2015 at 7pm

Ask any midwife, they will tell you that midwifery is a calling, a labor of love to serve women and families. As more families discover the value of choosing midwifery care for their low risk birth, the demand for midwives is increasing. If you have considered exploring midwifery as a profession, join us on June 25, 2015.

We will have both student and practicing Certified Nurse Midwives (Carla Morrow & student) and Certified Professional Midwife (Christy Martin) and her student (Jamie Hinton) answering questions in a panel format about their training, how they balance work & family life, and how they have grown successful businesses in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.

Meeting will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center:
1000 Montgomery St.
Fort Worth, Texas
Medical Education & Training Building.

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

TCBN meetings are free and open to the public. Please remember that regular meetings are only for adults and babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your cooperation!

April Meeting
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Secondary Infertility: the reality of a silent struggle

While primary infertility has slowly gained recognition, the pain and devastation of secondary infertility has not been widely received and acknowledged. The National Center for Health Statistics suggests an estimated 3 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. with one biological child deal with the hindrance of getting pregnant or carrying to term, oftentimes leaving women and couples to feel desolate with lack of support and awareness.

Join Andi Seibold, Au.D. as we discuss the causes, treatments, and emotional manifestations of secondary infertility as she shares her personal story with us.

Meeting will be held Thursday, April 23rd 2015 at 7pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center,
1000 Montgomery St.,
Ft Worth, Texas
Medical Education & Training Building auditorium

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your cooperation!

March Meeting
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Hospital Waterbirth: It’s not just for mermaids!

Thursday, March 26th 2015 at 7pm

Long known as the “Midwives’ Epidural,” waterbirth has been in the news lately. Opinions and questions have come from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in recent years, at times directly contradicting the findings of international agencies with a long history of endorsing waterbirth.

Locally, some hospitals and care providers encourage waterbirth, while other do not allow it at all. The consumer is left wondering when is a waterbirth “allowed” at their hospital, and under what conditions?

Is it safe? How do you get the tub clean enough? How does the doctor or midwife deliver the baby under water?

Join Certified Nurse Midwife Lindsay Kragle Griffith as we discuss the pros, cons, do’s and do not’s of having a hospital waterbirth.

Meeting will be held at the
University of North Texas Health Science Center,
1000 Montgomery St.,
Ft Worth, Texas
Medical Education & Training Building auditorium

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your cooperation!

February Meeting
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Thursday, February 26th at 7pm

In the United States alone, each year 26,000 babies are born still, and 18,000 families experience neonatal loss (within the first 28 days). Behind this startling statistic are the faces and hearts of families affected by the tragic loss.

Guest speaker Cindy Haggerton will share with us how she has persevered through the loss of their son, Evans at 33 weeks due to Potter’s Syndrome and will be joined by Trina Lozano, who specializes in infant loss. As a birth worker herself, Cindy has helped other families walk through their loss journey, before and after her son’s short life.

Meeting will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in the Medical Education & Training Building.
1000 Montgomery St.
Fort Worth, Texas

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your cooperation!

January Meeting
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Join us on January 22, 2015 at 7pm as we welcome Dr. Heather Bartos, from Be. Women’s Health & Wellness, to speak about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in North Texas. Dr. Bartos has been board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2008. She is also certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants.

“Per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is a reasonable and appropriate choice for most women with one prior cesarean and for “some women” with two prior cesareans. Being pregnant with twins, going over 40 weeks, having an unknown or low vertical scar, or suspecting a “big baby” should not prevent a woman from planning a VBAC.”

“45% of American women are interested in the option of VBAC, yet 92% have a Repeat Cesarean Section (RCS). Some women chose their RCS or it was medically necessary. Others felt like they didn’t have much of a choice for numerous reasons including hospital VBAC bans; immense social pressure; or the misrepresentation of VBAC risks.” ~www.vbacfacts.com

The January meeting will also be the official release of the 2015 Texas Birth Networks Resource Guide.

Meeting will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center,
1000 Montgomery St.,
Ft Worth, Texas
in the Medical Education & Training Building, Room 111.
Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your cooperation!

December Potluck
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Bring your family and a side-dish or dessert to share and join us for a special night of holiday celebration. TCBN will provide the main dish & drinks. Please RSVP here  and note number attending on the wall so that we can have enough food available.

The whole family is welcome including children of all ages. Food and fellowship will be served, Thursday, December 18 7:00pm – 9:00pm

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Medical Education & Training Building, Cafe
1000 Montgomery St
Ft Worth, Texas

Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street
Campus Map: http://www.hsc.unt.edu/campusmap/default.cfm

November Meeting
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Join us November 20 at 7PM for a friendly discussion about circumcision and the evolving perception of birthing families. Our panel will be comprised of real parents who chose to circumcise their first but not their second, and parents who are circumcised but chose differently for their child.

We will also have circumcision expert
speaker Teri Mitchell has been a registered nurse for over 10 years, with certifications in maternal newborn nursing, childbirth education, and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Teri studied to earn a doctoral degree in nurse-midwifery at Baylor University. The focus of her doctoral studies has been on parental decision making for routine infant circumcision in the United States, using the Shared Decision Making model.

Meeting will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1000 Montgomery St., Ft Worth, Texas in the Medical Education & Training Building, Room 111. Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

October Meeting
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In preparation for an easier birth for themselves and their babies, many women are realizing the benefits of adding chiropractic adjustments to their prenatal care. Dr. Terry Garcia of Inner Light Chiropractic will join us to review how chiropractic care can contribute to a better birth and overall health from preconception to postpartum.

Meeting will be held Thursday October 23, at 7pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, Texas in the Medical Education & Training Building, Room 111. Parking and main entrance are on Bunting Street.

Please remember that regular meetings are only for babies who are content to stay quietly in your lap or in a carrier for the duration of the meeting. Thanks so much for your cooperation.

September Meeting
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A frequent misconception during pregnancy is that you cannot switch providers, especially late in pregnancy. Choosing a care provider is often said to be the single most important decision you can make to positively affect your birth.

Join Tarrant County Birth Network on Thursday, September 25th at 7pm and hear from area office managers the logistics and frequently asked questions that surround making this important decision to switch.

We’ll also hear personal accounts on making the tough decision to find a more supportive provider during pregnancy.

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