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My Best Birth Newsletter

May 19, 2010

Dear  <<First Name>>,

It's been two years since we released "The Business of Being Born" and a year since we published Your Best Birth and launched  Every day we hear another birth story from a mom who was inspired to explore her birthing options and transformed by the experience.  

More women are looking for natural alternatives, but unfortunately recent developments seem to be shutting down their options at an accelerated speed.  

Just in the last few weeks, midwives and the institutions that support them seem to be facing even more closures and challenges.  We hope these are isolated incidents and do not reflect a larger trend, but it’s disheartening.

We encourage you to stay vocal on these issues and, as always, are so thankful for your support!


Ricki & Abby 

St. Vincent's Hospital Closes, A Crisis for Home Birth in NYC

St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City recently closed it's doors, leaving many of its hospital-based midwives with nowhere to deliver and the majority of the city’s home birth midwives without a collaborating hospital.  No other hospitals in the city will agree to provide back-up for the midwives  Women in NYC have essentially lost their reproductive right to choose where they give birth.  Please click here to read more from The Guardian about this travesty, and click here to find out what you can do to help change it.

San Diego OBGYN Who Supports Natural Birth Wrongfully Suspended

As of Friday May 7, Dr. Robert Biter's privileges to deliver at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas have been suspended. The hospital refuses to give a reason, and Dr. Biter is legally unable to comment at this time. We know that Dr. Biter has a clean record and that this is a very unfortunate situation.

Dr. Biter is a Board Certified, capable obstetrician gynecologist, who is famous in the community for his dedication to his patients and commitment to natural childbirth. Dr. Biter is a physician who truly cares about his patients and respects their birth plans, and now hundreds of pregnant women are forced to find another care provider.  "The impression we are left with is that the hospital is actively working to create barriers for women who wish natural birth and a full range of childbirth options," -- Claudia Breglia, President, California Association of Midwives.

On Friday, May 14, over 500 supporters rallied for Dr. Biter in front of Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA, including Ricki Lake and the founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month, Anna Getty.

You can help by signing the online petition to reinstate Dr. Biter, and by spreading the word. Please visit the Bring Biter Back website for more information.

Win a Birth Blessing Kit from Two Plums!

You Could Win this Adorable Birth Blessing Kit From Two Plums Paper!

Host a magical memory that mama-to-be, baby and guests will treasure forever! Kit includes: Keepsake Box, Blessing Guide, 8 Blessing Cards and Ribbon for Blessing Garland, Blessing Necklace with Photo Locket for Mama-to-Be, 8 Blessing Bracelets for Guests, Natural Soy Pomegranate Candle, Luxurious Foot Soak for Mama-to-Be and 8 Blessing Cards for Guests. Total value: $65.00.  To enter the contest, please send your first and last name, mailing address and phone number, and why you would like to win this blessingway kit to  Please put "Two Plums Giveaway" in the subject line.  Open to U.S. entries only.  Contest ends May 30.

Pregnancy Awareness Month Radio With Ricki Lake

Ricki will join Pregnancy Awareness Month co-founders, Anna Getty & Alisa Donner live on this Friday, May 21st at 11am PST. The trio will discuss Dr. Biter, the San Diego natural birth supporting OBGYN who was wrongfully suspended, as well as the state of midwifery in New York City.  Check out Anna Getty's blog here.

Listen in live:

Join the My Best Birth Twitter Party

Please join our My Best Birth Twitter Party on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 PM! We'll have breastfeeding expert Shari Criso, CNM, IBCLC and Alisa Donner, co-founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month, on hand to answer your questions about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.  We also have great prizes lined up from Earth Mama Angel Baby, Weleda, Maternitique and more! Please follow us on Twitter @mybestbirth for more details!

This Month's Featured Member is Dagmar Bleasdale

Dagmar Bleasdale is an "opinionated, green, frugal, breastfeeding, attachment parenting mom, copyeditor, and entrepreneur who is making sense of motherhood and her addiction to social media" on her blog, Dagmar's Momsense. Please check out her latest blog post about natural birth and breastfeeding success on My Best Birth.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a featured member, please contact, with "featured member" in the subject line.

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your best birth bookYOUR BEST BIRTH is an empowering childbirth guide packed with crucial advice from medical professionals, delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging, and honest voice. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein reevaluate the pregnancy process, renew expectant mothers’ confidence, and place the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be.

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