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THE ALASKA BIRTH COLLECTIVE WELCOMES YOU

 

OUR MISSION

The Alaska Birth Collective was established as a resource for Alaskan families during the prenatal, birth and postpartum period. We are a non-profit, community based, volunteer organization that helps educate, empower and support childbearing women and their families. Our mission is to support parents and care providers by providing information, education, and advocacy for Mother-Friendly care.



 
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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Birth is a normal, healthy process, not an illness or disease. Empowering births can take place in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. 
Maternity care should be evidence-based and woman-centered. 
We believe women should be leaders in their care, receiving evidence based and accurate information regarding options for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding.
Women have a right to make health care decisions for themselves and their babies. That right includes Informed Consent as well as Informed Refusal.

 

WHAT WE DO

We offer support, education, information, and advocacy for families during the childbearing years. We host community events, educational workshops, and support meetings for new and expecting parents.  We offer training and professional development opportunities for care providers in our area.

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Upcoming Events
*POSTPONED* PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION Spring Baby Fair
University Center Mall
 

GET INVOLVED

Make Your Mark

PARTNER WITH US

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making The Alaska Birth Collective an even better Women Empowerment Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at The Alaska Birth Collective. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.

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MAKE A DONATION

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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OUR LEADERS

MORGAN TURNER

I am a Certified Childbirth Educator, and DONA trained doula. I have lived in Alaska for 20 years and am married to a lifelong Alaskan.  I am a mom to 4 sweet babies, ages 3 to 18 years.
I believe birth is a normal process. Moms should be supported in their birth choices. I believe an informed birth is an empowered birth. Education and support are key to achieving your desired birth goals. I am excited to have the opportunity to build our birth community up and support our local mamas and families.

SHANNA SWITZER

A lifelong Alaskan, I grew up in the Fairbanks area, and moved to Anchorage in 1997.  My husband Nate and I have been married since 2002, and we have four children, three sons and one daughter.  I am a passionate encourager of supported motherhood from preconception to postpartum. That passion led me to birth work as a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, which has been wonderfully rewarding to me both personally and professionally. I am also a Certified Childbirth Educator, Evidence Based Birth Instructor, and Spinning Babies Parent Educator. There is nothing more rewarding than supporting a family; emotionally, physically, and with all the information and resources they might need as they anticipate and welcome their new baby. I am so honored and pleased to be a part of the Alaska Birth Collective, and look forward to building connections between caregivers and our community.

JAMIE SCEARCY

I am a mother of three, a military spouse, a VBAC mom, and a doula. After having my own healing birth experience with the support of a doula, I knew that’s what I needed to be doing. For that reason, I became a birth doula in 2013. I have learned women are empowered in birth when they are supported, informed, and are leaders in their own care.
I believe that every woman deserves to have a safe and satisfying birth experience, and that experience may look different for each one of us. I am excited to be a part of an organization which focuses on supporting families in a respectful and evidence-based way, and I am dedicated to bringing all my talents and experience to the board, network and community as a whole. I know there is so much more we can do as a society to care for mothers, babies, and families.

KATIE STACHOW

Katie is a practicing Certified Public Accountant in Alaska and specializes in non-profit and governmental accounting for over 10 years. She works with numerous non-profit entities across the state and brings that wealth of knowledge through her role as board development chair at ABC. Being the token "non-birth worker", Katie enjoys the paperwork side of things, helping to ensure the proverbial ducks are in a row as a growing organization. Katie joined ABC after experiencing the benefits of a doula which opened the doors to a world of education on birthing and mothering during her first pregnancy. She lives in Anchorage with her husband Greg, and two young boys, Frank and Noah.

ERINN DIRTH, DC

Dr. Erinn is a born and raised Alaskan committed to raising the level of health in the Anchorage community.

Bethany is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner from SoCal, and a new mom.

 

“…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong. ” – Marsden Wagner

 

CONTACT THE ALASKA BIRTH COLLECTIVE