The founding members of the Rolla Birth Network come from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, birth experiences, philosophies, and religions. We have come together because we share a common belief: birth matters. The manner in which a woman is cared for during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum has a profound influence on her life and the life of her baby.
We support the woman as the expert decision-maker on her own birth and the parents’ autonomy as the best decision-makers for their children. We believe that strong families begin with strong, empowered mothers and that strong communities are created when its mothers are valued.
We are informed by the missions, visions, and philosophies of the international organizations CAPPA, ICEA, ICPA, and Birth Network National. Rolla Birth Network promotes the evidence-based Six Healthy Birth Practices as defined by Lamaze International and also Mother Friendly Childbirth as defined by CIMS.
Rolla Birth Network was organized with a twofold purpose:
- To provide peer support, education, and networking opportunities for local birth professionals.
- To engage in community outreach activities designed to increase awareness of healthy birth options.
The Rolla Birth Network is a loosely organized collective with a shared interest in promoting healthy birth. Members of the Rolla Birth Network retain their own autonomy and independence in their personal businesses and the philosophies and practices that inform those businesses. There are three categories of membership:
- Active Member: Participates in decision-making, regularly attends meetings, pays dues, votes on Network matters. Volunteers with the planning and staffing of RBN events. May choose to change membership status at any time by notifying the council member responsible for secretarial duties. If member becomes unable to actively contribute to the Network for three months, membership status will automatically shift to the Affiliate Membership category for the duration of the membership year.
- Affiliate Member: Supports the purpose of the Network, pays dues, participates in some decision-making online, and is notified of activities and events. Does not regularly attend meetings, or vote during meetings. May choose to change membership status at any time by notifying the council member responsible for secretarial duties.
- Supporting Member: A consumer or compatible professional who supports the purpose of the Network and is notified of activities and events. Does not participate in decision-making, attend meetings, pay dues, or vote. May choose to change membership status at any time by notifying the council member responsible for secretarial duties.
Rolla Birth Network seeks to help each other learn and grow in our birth work, as well as work towards a healthy birth climate for all mothers/families by outreach and service projects.