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Lactation Services by Annie Hoag RN IBCLC Fundraising for Our Community Birth Center

February 1st, 2020|

Annie Hoag RN IBCLC is donating 100% of proceeds from her private lactation services to Our Community Birth Center from January 20 – March 31, 2020. Annie offers initial and follow up lactation visits, baby weight checks, baby feeding plans, craniosacral therapy for babies with feeding difficulties, and more! Annie can be reached at annie.hoag.rn@gmail.com or ‪541-513-5267‬.

 

Birth Center Beds

January 26th, 2020|

At our recent Track Town Pizza fundraiser, a supporter introduced himself and told us that his wife sent him to the event because they haven’t had kids yet BUT when the do have kids in a couple years she knows she wants to use the birth center! We need a birth center for families like this!

We also talked with a supporter who gave birth to her daughter at the old birth center when it was in downtown Eugene and then when her daughter had a baby she gave birth at the birth center in Springfield ON THE SAME BED that she was born on! The birth center has meant so much to generations of families here in Lane County and our community will not allow this gap in services to continue.

Our Community Birth Center has those same beloved birth center beds in storage and ready to go for a new facility. All donations to the Capital Campaign at this time go toward leasing and remodeling a new birth center facility and other start up costs.

Yoga Benefit Class

January 12th, 2020|

Thank you to Wild Light Yoga Center and Jess Eldridge for hosting Our Community Birth Center’s first Yoga Benefit Class on January 12, 2020. This was a fun way to fundraise and felt so good! We had such a great response that we’re turning it into a series. Next up, come join us at CrossFit Evviva for a class led by Michelle Baumann on Sunday February 16th at 10 AM.

End of Year Matching Gift Challenge!

December 16th, 2019|

Help us meet our Matching Gift Challenge! Donate on our website by Dec 31, 2019! Michele Peters-Carr and Dennis Carr will match $3,000 of donations (that means we have potential to raise $6,000 by Dec 31!) in honor of Michele’s 3,000+ births attended through her work at the birth center. Was Michele your midwife? Make a donation online and send us a note if you want to donate in honor of your baby or in honor of Michele!

Photo by aprilchristopher.com.

Capital Fundraising Campaign Launch Party

December 13th, 2019|

Our Capital Fundraising Campaign Launch Party at Capitello Wines on December 11, 2019 was a great success! We had over 100 birth center supporters in attendance and raised $3,000 for Our Community Birth Center! Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered and donated to make this event a success! Special thanks to those who made donations that helped us to put on this fun and family-friendly event: Capitello Wines, Dennis Carr and Michele Peters-Carr, Poppinfrizzle Face Painting, Whole Foods, Sundance Natural Foods, Sweet Life Patisserie, and Ann Hughes Photography.

Annie Hoag and Ruth Ezeonwuka at the Capital Fundraising Campaign Launch Party.

Capitello Wines’ event room was a great space for our event. And we have our own stickers!

Poppinfrizzle Face Painting was a big hit for kids and adults too! Photo: Mary Carpenter, President of our Board of Directors and Sarah Bast, local artist.

Thank you local midwives for supporting Our Community Birth Center! Photo: Cindy Hunter CNM, Mary Carpenter CNM and Sue Trezona CNM.

We love these shirts! Shirts from Lane County Friends of the Birth Center will continue to be available for sale at Our Community Birth Center events while supplies lasts.

Thank you to Ann Hughes, annhughesphotography.com, for taking these great photos at our event!

Introducing Our New Logo

December 4th, 2019|

Introducing Our Community Birth Center’s new logo! Thank you to the most amazing graphic designer and birth center mama Abby Park (abbydee.com) for donating her time and skill to make Our Community Birth Center shine! We are actively seeking donations of funds and professional services and volunteer time. You can donate, contact us, and sign up to volunteer here on our website!

Press Conference Success and First Media Coverage

November 22nd, 2019|

Our Community Birth Center’s press conference on November 20, 2019 at Oregon Wine LAB was a huge success! Thank you to all of the community members and news professionals who attended. AlexAnn Westlake, Certified Nurse Midwife and Executive Director, Mary Carpenter, Certified Nurse Midwife and President of the Board of Directors, Chris Heritage, Certified Nurse Midwife and Member of the Board of Directors, and Kelsey Blake, birth center parent and professional doula shared statements and answered questions.

We did a LIVE stream of the press conference onto our Facebook page: Press Conference Video.

Thank you to The Register Guard for sharing this very important news for Lane County! Read the Register Guard article here: Advocates begin fundraising for new birth center.

Thank you to KLCC for covering this very important news for Lane County! Read the KLCC story here: Supporters Announce New Birth Center Planned For Lane County.

Thank you to the Cottage Grove Sentinel for writing about Our Community Birth Center. Did you know the first birth center in Lane County in the late 1970s was actually in Cottage Grove? Read the Cottage Grove Sentinel story here: Birth center seeks funds for debut.

Thank you to The Lund Report for publishing Our Community Birth Center’s press release: New Birth Center Launches Capital Fundraising Campaign.

We hope to see you at our upcoming event:

Our Community Birth Center Capital Fundraising Campaign Launch Event
Wednesday December 11, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Capitello Wines, Eugene OR

Press Release: Capital Fundraising Campaign Launch & Upcoming Press Conference

November 15th, 2019|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Birth Center Launches Capital Fundraising Campaign: Birth Center will provide new choice for nurse midwifery care for families in Lane County, Oregon

FULL PRESS RELEASE

Press Conference Invitation:
Our Community Birth Center Press Conference
Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Oregon Wine Lab, 488 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401

Capital Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off Event Invitation:
Our Community Birth Center Capital Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off Event
Date: Wednesday December 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401

Founding Board of Directors Announced

November 1st, 2019|

Please welcome the founding members of Our Community Birth Center’s Nonprofit Board of Directors! These nine individuals have volunteered to share their unique strengths and expertise in a united strategic plan to develop Our Community Birth Center and restore birth center services to Lane County. Please join us in thanking all of the Board members for their contribution to our community! You can read more about the each member on our website: https://www.ourcommunitybirthcenter.org/board-of-directors/

First Board of Directors Meeting

October 29th, 2019|

Our Community Birth Center held our first Board of Directors meeting in Eugene, Oregon on October 29, 2019. We had 100% attendance from our nine Board of Directors members and five Stewardship Council members for our first meeting. Board Officers were elected, Bylaws were adopted, and we appointed AlexAnn Westlake, CNM as our Founding Executive Director. This meeting was a huge step forward in our plan to restore birth center services to Lane County!

Image to represent Our Community Birth Center drawn by Sarah Imig, RN

October 27th, 2019|

OCBC Image by Sarah Imig
This image represents Our Community Birth Center. The circle is the wrap around services provided at the birth center for families. The hands are support, equity, and inclusion. The flowers show the growth of something new and wonderful. Also, imagine that the hands are embracing the sides of a pregnant belly or supporting a baby’s head as it’s birthed! Thank you to Sarah Imig, one of our birth center nurses, for creating this beautiful image to represent Our Community Birth Center!