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. Women are entitled to complete and accurate information on their full range of options for pregnancy, birth, post-partum 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.

Mission Statement

The purpose of Rochester Area Birth Network is to advocate for health, safety, and informed options in childbearing.

Rochester Area Birth Network supports the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, a wellness model of maternity care issued by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), a group of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families.

Who We Are

We are an official chapter of BirthNetwork National, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are comprised of a network of childbirth educators, midwives, labor assistants (doulas), family physicians, nurses, breastfeeding consultants, and parents who know the importance of informed options and alternatives in childbearing.  While we encompass a broad range of political and religious perspectives, we all agree that birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process and that every family should have the opportunity for a healthy, joyous birth experience with a minimum of interventions.

What We Do

Provide the Rochester area community with important information about Evidence-based maternity care and options that women and families have regarding childbirth, and offer networking opportunities for professionals, parents, and others interested in birth.

When We Meet

Meeting times vary each month. Check the Events  page for updated information. Please call or e-mail Rochester Area Birth Network for meeting dates, location, and times. All are welcome to attend. You can also check the events page  on the  Facebook page  as well for more information.