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 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!
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.
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.
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/
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!
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!
We joined into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the American Association of Birth Centers Foundation (AABCF) which allows Our Community Birth Center to start fundraising under the umbrella of the federal nonprofit status of AABCF while we are in the process of obtaining our own federal nonprofit status. AABCF will process donations and issue receipts on behalf of Our Community Birth Center. Donations will go toward the startup and operating costs of Our Community Birth Center.
Our Executive Director attended the American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute in Orlando, Florida. This event included five days of networking and learning about many administrative and clinical topics to help build a sustainable birth center in an integrated health system.
We officially filed our Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation with the Oregon Secretary of State as Our Community Birth Center. This means Our Community Birth Center was officially founded on September 10, 2019.