VBN’s Member Highlight

The idea to do these “member highlights” came up over a year ago, and it’s so fun to see it manifested! Here is my Member Highlight from March 2014. It’s amazing how quick things change, I can already see a few things that need to be revised, for ex. I am now DONA certified, (yay!!!), I also now offer Blessingway ceremonies for expecting moms, and VBN Membership is up to 23! Love how life just keeps rolling…

(This posted is copied with permission from visaliabirthnetwork.org/march-member-highlight/


Every month a VBN member will be chosen for a Member Highlight, and this month, Avira Wenn has been chosen. Hope you enjoy learning about Avira and her services!

Name: Avira Wennavirasmall
Business Name: Sacred Path Birth Services
Services: Birth Doula, Belly Casting
Website: www.sacredpathbirth.com
Contact Info: sacredpathdoula@gmail.com

Tell us about yourself, your family (if you’d like), and where you originate:

I was born and raised in southern California (Thousand Oaks) and moved as far north in California as you can go (almost) when I was 18. I lived in Mt. Shasta/Redding area for 5 years, where I met Continued

Getting Started as a Doula

This year for the entire month of May, my doula friend Stacie decided to do a very cool thing to celebrate the “International Month of the Doula”. She has collected ALL KINDS of various stories related to doula work and blogged DAILY for the entire month.

This collection, entitled “Celebrating International Doula Month”, is quite a wealth of stories and tidbits, and is 4 blog pages long so get comfy and bask in her works…

Stacie asked me to share about my experience trying to launch doula work here in Tulare County, and I was more than glad to contribute. My story turned into a post called What to do While You Wait for Clients , and was based on my long suffering efforts trying to create greater birth awareness here in my community… which I will share in entirety below… Continued

What is Mother-Friendly Maternity Care?

Have you heard the term “Mother-Friendly” in reference to Maternity Care but not fully sure of what that means? Allow me to try to lay it out for you!

Let’s start with some information about the current climate of maternity care in the U.S.

Did you know that:

  • The U.S. spends far more money per capita on maternity and newborn care than any other country, but in spite of this has ranks as one of the worst of all industrialized countries in preventing pregnancy/birth-related disease and injury? Did you also know that maternal death is 4 times greater for African-American women than for Euro-American women in America?
  • In those industrialized countries with the best perinatal outcomes, it is Midwives who attend the vast majority of births, yet in the U.S., midwife-attended births are of a great minority and hold a stigma of being a ‘fringe’ practice?
  • Current maternity and newborn practices which contribute to high costs and inferior outcomes include the inappropriate use of technology and routine procedures which are not based on current scientific evidence?
  • Continued