The Campaign to Save the North Shore Birth Center

Archive for November 7th, 2008

Stacy writes:

A small group of us are getting together to write our letters. My hope is it will be motivating and inspirational. The North Shore Birth Center has touched all our lives. The midwives need us. Please join us!

WHEN: Sunday November 9th at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: the Parish House adjoining the Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville. 1120 Washington St. in Gloucester.

INFO: Please e-mail me with questions, concerns and/or suggestions. salstacy AT hotmail DOT com

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The North Shore Birth Center is in jeopardy!

There is a very serious move to stop all births at the North Shore Birth Center, a midwifery practice situated on the campus of Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts.

On November 18, 2008, the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Health Corporation will consider a proposal to no longer allow women to labor or birth at the Birth Center. (This proposal did not originate from the Board; it is being brought before them by hospital management.) If the Board approves this proposal, all birth center patients would be required to labor and birth at Beverly Hospital.

Help us save NSBC!

The members of this group are against this proposal and want the Board of Trustees to vote against it. Women deserve to choose the birth experience that is right for them and their families. We ask the Board of Trustees to refrain from making a decision that would deny this choice to families of the North Shore.

NSBC is one of only two birth centers left in the entire state of Massachusetts! Let’s work together to protect it!

ABOUT THE NSBC: Established in 1980, the North Shore Birth Center has facilitated the births of over 6,000 babies to women with “low-risk” pregnancies seeking a natural childbirth. We want the North Shore Birth Center to continue offering quality, compassionate care in an alternative birth setting.

Join the Campaign to help us make our case to the Board of Trustees. More information will be available as we receive it!

Please note: The members of the Campaign to Save the North Shore Birth Center are not affiliated with the North Shore Birth Center or Beverly Hospital. We are consumers who care passionately about NSBC!

Last Update: Wednesday, November 19, 9:05 a.m.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please help us in one or more of the following areas! There are only 6 days left until the Board votes on the fate of the North Shore Birth Center!

Daily Picketing:

Small groups will picket peacefully in front of the North Shore Birth Center every day from Tuesday, November 11 through Monday, November 17. This will be to show our support for the birth center and also raise awareness of the hospital’s move to circumscribe the birth center’s services.Let’s picket daily in the morning and at lunchtime. Bring posters and your kids, if you’d like. We especially need more people for the morning shifts on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (11/12-11/14) and Monday(11/17). Contact Christa Terry at 978-922-4970 or e-mail her at: christadterry AT gmail DOT com to sign up for a shift, or for more details!

The Big Rally:

Let’s show our support in numbers and make this a HUGE gathering! Children welcome! Bring your signs! We’ll begin gathering around 6 a.m. on November 18 outside the North Shore Birth Center (arrive no later than 6:30am). The Board of Trustees meets at 7 a.m. that morning. We want to be there as they arrive on the hospital campus. PLEASE join us! Contact us for more info. SaveTheNorthShoreBirthCenter AT gmail DOT com

Poster-Making Parties:

Join us to make posters for our picketing efforts and rally!

PAST MEETINGS

Brainstorming Meeting:

Concerned consumers, caring birth professionals and interested members of the public attended a brainstorming session at Crunchy Granola Baby in Salem, MA on Sunday, November 9 at 10am.

At that meeting, we discussed the letter-writing campaign, petitions, and other efforts and plans for a rally before the November 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

Letter-Writing Gathering

A group of concerned citizens came together to write letters in support of the North Shore Birth Center on Sunday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish House adjoining the Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville, 1120 Washington St., Gloucester, MA.


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