Vulvas and breasts, by artist Kendra Keller!

Last Saturday marked one of our very favorite annual events— the Miles for Midwives 5K Fun-Run and Birth Fair in Prospect Park. Organized by NYC Midwives, this fundraiser doubles as a massive family reunion for local midwives, birth workers, allied health professionals, parents, babies, and kids. We had a blast chatting with so many passionate advocates for the midwifery model of care.

BBC midwife Nicole and her adorable assistant.

We are also happy to announce that this year’s event raised over $32,000 and half the proceeds were donated to reproductive health organizations in Puerto Rico. Following Hurricane Maria, many of the island’s hospitals and clinics are struggling to provide high-quality care while relying on emergency generators for power. If you missed Miles for Midwives but are interested in donating to support health care for parents and babies in Puerto Rico, please check out this list of organizations working on the island. Some community organizations and firehouses in New York City are also collecting supplies such as diapers and baby blankets check here to find a donation depot near you.

They rolled out the red carpet at the Health and Wellness Expo!

As we mentioned in our last blog post, we have been prioritizing community outreach this fall. In recent weeks, we also tabled at the Atlantic Antic in Prospect Heights and the Healthy Village Health & Wellness Expo in Brownsville. We want to thank all the sweet parents and parents-to-be who stopped by our table. If you gave us your e-mail address, we will add you to our mailing list. If you are interested in joining our very low-volume, big-announcements-only mailing list, you can sign up here!