CiC’s Advocacy Committee Updates and What’s New!


The Choices in Childbirth advocacy crew is hard at work formulating a “Snapshot” of women’s childbirth options in New York City in 2012.  The Snapshot will show the level of access families have to a wide variety of birth options, everything from elective cesarean section to water birth at home.  We feel that this report will be a useful tool for consumers as they navigate the maternity care system.  We suspect that it will also highlight the extreme limitations families face when making childbirth choices in New York City.  We hope that it will open and encourage a dialogue between consumers, policy makers, health providers and facility administrators.

Anyone interested in getting involved with CiC’s advocacy work and this report specifically, please email

Upcoming Opportunities

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The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition
$24.99 for the full digital dvd package
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s documentary, The Business of Being Born, has been made into a 30-minute university classroom version! It reaches out to young adults BEFORE they confront their own birth decisions – challenging the prevailing assumptions about birth providers and current obstetrical management trends. The dvd is accompanied by a toolkit designed by Gene DeClerq that aims to facilitate meaningful conversation in the classroom. While devised with an initial focus on undergraduate classes in Sociology, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Public Health, The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition could be used for a myriad of university disciplines. Click here to learn more about this program. 


Inspiring Birth Stories
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:15-8:30pm, FREE
Congregation Habonim, 44 W. 66th St., btwn. Central Park West & Columbus
Find out what there is to learn from shared stories – New parents will share their birth experiences, talk about their fears, and explain how they found support and ultimately the strength within themselves to labor and birth their babies in a satisfying way.
As part of our constant efforts to reach a larger base of expectant parents, Choices in Childbirth will be recording this session so that these valuable and inspiring stories can be shared with a wider and more diverse audience. Attendees will be asked to sign a release.
RSVP Here!

Cesarean Birth & VBAC
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:15-8:30pm, FREE
14th Street Y, 344 14th Street, btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves
Considering VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) or giving birth by cesarean? Wondering what your options are? If so, please join us for an evening of inspiring birth stories and discussions on a range of issues related to cesarean birth and VBAC.
RSVP Here!

Business Training Workshop for Pre & Post-Natal Professionals 
Fundraiser for Choices in Childbirth
Uplevel Your Business
March 1, 2012, 11am – 2pm, $40
Birth Day Presence, 580 Broadway, Suite 304 (Bet. Prince & Houston)
Joanna Lindenbaum of Soulful Coaching is leading a special 1-time only fundraiser workshop for CiC to help build your business, expand your practice, and bring in more prosperity WITHOUT getting exhausted or drained.
Learn more about this 3-hour business training workshop here!

NYC Screening of More Business of Being Born
Monday, March 5, 2012, 6-8pm, adults only, $10
Museum of Motherhood, 401 East 84th Street (between 1st & York)
Don’t miss this amazing limited engagement! The NYC screening of More Business of Being Born: Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth and panel discussion hosted by Urbanity|baby Maternity Concierge.
All ticketholders are automatically entered to instantly win one of many wonderful giveaways. Expert Panelists include: CiC Board Member Terry Richmond (Co-founder of Birth Day Presence), Nicole Feliciano, Brooke Alpert, Debra Flashenberg, and Leah Keller. There is a Special Savings for UrbanityBaby Facebook fans! “Like” them on Facebook here and get a free ticket when you purchase 2.
For more information or ticketing information please contact or call 212.787.4736. Tickets may also be purchased online at:

Lesbian Parenting
Tuesday, February 21, 7-9pm, FREE
Babeland, 462 Bergen Street (Flatbush/5th Ave), Brooklyn
Local midwife Boo Markus will discuss navigating the medical world as part of a lesbian couple, communication between the birth and non-birth mother, changing desires, donor dads, taboos, and more. Whether you’re a parent now or considering your options, this discussion will address your needs. This event is sponsored by Park Slope Parents. RSVP
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Have a video camera and want to help?
CiC needs to borrow cameras to film an upcoming event. Please e-mail if you are willing to lend us your camera/tripods or want to film the event!

CiC Needs YOU!  We are looking for volunteers to work on projects with experience in the following areas: marketing, social media, public relations, ad sales, video editing, and web design. Please e-mail if you are interested.


  • S Renea Capozzi

    This is an extremely important movement/cause. I hope that as it expands that we will see these same type offerings from CiC on the west coast. I am ready to jump in from here in CA. Any chance of expanding to this coast?. I would love to hear the feedback you get from the various sessions you have coming up in the next few months from the NY area. I find that movement and motion is the only way we will make more families aware of their birth options; to help curb the downturn with regards to perinatal care today in the US. Kudos to all involved.

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