ABOUT THE BIRTH CENTER:
The North Shore Birth Center is a midwifery practice situated on the campus of Beverly Hospital. 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.
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.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.
As concerned consumers, we want the Birth Center to continue offering quality, compassionate care in an alternative birth setting.
Brainstorm to Save The Birth Center – Sunday, November 9th 10am-noon
Crunchy Granola Baby, 72 Washington St., Salem, MA
Letter Writing Gathering – Sunday, November 9th 1-3pmThe Parish House adjoining the Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville, 1120 Washington St., Gloucester, MA
Rally – November 18th 7-8amNorth Shore Birth Center, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA
HOW TO HELP:
Write a letter in support of The North Shore Birth Center. Explain that although birth center births don't fit with the unified model of health care, you believe women should have a range of options to select from. These options should reflect women's needs and interests--not corporate policies. Please try to keep your letters positive! Remember, the Board of Trustees did not create this proposal.
Send Letters To: The Board of Trustees Northeast Health Corporation, c/o Mary Ellen Lear, Secretary, Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Copy letters to: North Shore Birth Center, Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA 01915