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Our Mission

Our Mission is to Inform, Support, Engage and Empower Consumers,Community Leaders and Providers with Powerful Tools to Improve Birth.

Let’s start with you.

You are likely here because you have experienced, heard or witnessed unnecessarily difficult or traumatic births that have left you feeling frustrated and angry. You may be seeking answers, healing, accountability and/or a strong desire to prevent this from happening to other families.

We typically all grow up with a “doctor knows best” mentality. It’s often difficult to understand that they too are working within a broken system that is built on fear of liability, a system that has significant financial motivators and a system that has come to the conclusion that more interventions solve both of those issues and it's up to us to make sure it changes.

Whether you experienced it first hand or you’ve been a witness, you may be a casualty of the system. We’re here to give you the tools & strategies you need to heal, take action and focus your consumer power to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Meet the Board
Dawn Thompson
Dawn Thompson
President

Founder of ImprovingBirth.org and former Vice President of the San Diego Birth Network.

Victoria Macioce-Stumpf
Victoria Macioce-Stumpf
President

Co-President Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth certified through DONA International, ICEA and CAPPA

Amanda Hardy Hillman, MA, Ph.D, LPC, ICCE
Amanda Hardy Hillman, MA, Ph.D, LPC, ICCE
Vice President

Faculty member at a larger Midwestern university and a licensed mental health professional.

Anna Graybill
Anna Graybill
Member at Large

Organizer and community builder.

Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, MFM
Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, MFM
Medical Director

Practicing Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Hospital Laborist at three Los Angeles area hospitals.

Mary Regan, RN, Ph.D
Mary Regan, RN, Ph.D
Research & Implementation

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland.

Meet theTask Force
Candace Edwards LaFon
Candace Edwards LaFon
Media and Technology Coordinator
Jasmin Cervantes
Jasmin Cervantes
Membership and Chapter Coordinator
Rachelle Hansen
Rachelle Hansen
Creative Director
Jennifer Jeppson
Jennifer Jeppson
Fundraising Chair
Valerie Meharg
Valerie Meharg
Event Registration
Kim Baxley Wilson
Kim Baxley Wilson
Fundraising Coordinator
Heather Webster
Heather Webster
Chapter Social Chair

I cannot express how thankful I am for your organization and your help! I am just a mom with dreams of better birth options.

- Rebecca Bell, Mother
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