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Date: 27/09/2015
Time: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
E-mail: bangalorebirth@gmail.com Venue: Apt. A1, Charter House, 36 Lavelle Road, 7th cross, Bangalore

Join us to say farewell to Nora and meet BBN's new Executive Director 

Bangalore Birth Network (BBN) is planning a birth workers and birth activists meeting on Sunday, 27th September 2015.

 

It is a great opportunity for birth professionals including doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, massage therapists, researchers, activists and others to network for sharing birth-related information as well as offering support to each other.

 

Bangalore Birth Network working group will also use this occasion to formally say goodbye to Nora Kropp, co-founder of the BBN, who is leaving Bangalore and meet the new BBN Executive Director.

 

Please join in for a working lunch between 2-4 pm at Apt. A1, Charter House, 36 Lavelle Road, 7th cross, Bangalore.  The Charter House is located off the main Lavelle Road down 7th cross (behind Porsche and Honda dealership). It's a small white apt building diagonally across from Breadworks. For directions call: 98807 81417.

 

Rs. 200 donation per person requested for lunch. 

 

Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/514738572022473/

Date: 22/02/2015
Time: 07:00 AM to 10:00 AM
E-mail: bangalorebirth@gmail.com Venue: Kanteerva Stadium

 

A group of pregnant mothers and new mothers ‘wearing their babies’ are planning to walk the Bangalore Pinkathon. The mothers, who belong to Babywearing India and the Bangalore Birth Network, believe strongly in the wonderful benefits that prenatal and postpartum exercise and babywearing brings both mother and child.

 

These groups emphasize the importance of physical activity and fitness during pregnancy and in the post-partum period, for both the mother's and baby’s physical and mental health. We challenge the common myths that mothers should only ‘take rest’ in pregnancy and postpartum periods. Evidence shows that exercise throughout pregnancy maintains or improves physical fitness, helps reduce risk of gestational diabetes and excess weight gain during pregnancy and may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy). Physical activity during pregnancy is associated with improved mental health throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.

 

Babywearing India and the Bangalore Birth Network hope their walk will raise awareness for babywearing - which is traditionally practiced in many communities but not yet mainstream in urban India. Babywearing liberates women, ensuring that they can continue to lead a normal, active life both within and without the home while keeping their babies snuggled up next to their hearts. Having a baby certainly should not mean women should be confined to the house. By using babycarriers and slings to wear their little ones, mothers can easily go out for a meeting or for a concert, for a walk, a trek or even a swim, while their babies remain right next to them, contented and very much a part of their busy lives. In turn babies who are worn frequently cry less and learn more while receiving invaluable stimulation and security.

 

Registration

 

Participants can register 

1. online at http://youtoocanrun.com/races/?ee=184 open till 16th Feb

2. at Forum Mall

 

Bib collection dates are February 20th (11-7pm) and February 21st (11-5pm) at Forum Mall, Koramangla 

 

The charge is Rs 600/head and you may register your mother/daughter or housemaid free of charge.

 

Note: The walk is open ONLY to women and their babies.

 

For more info about the walk please check http://www.pinkathon.in/

 

DISCLAIMER

Pregnant women are advised to talk to their health care provider about participating in the walk, especially if they have not been actively exercising. Parents who are baby wearing for the walk must ensure they do so safely and as per the instructions provided by the carrier they are using. BBN and BWI cannot be held responsible for any health related issues either during or after the walk, nor for any accidents that might occur during the walk.

This event is sponsored by:

Anmol Wrap: https://www.facebook.com/AnmolWrap

Bumberry: https://bumberry.com/

Baby Chakra: http://www.babychakra.com/

Soul Slings: http://www.soulslings.com/ 

Date: 24/01/2015
Time: 07:45 AM to 10:30 AM
E-mail: bangalorebirth@gmail.com Venue: Lalbagh West Gate

Details for The Practice Walk on 24th January

The walk will take place around the Lal Bagh lake, a distance of about 1.7 km which should take about 20 minutes. Those who would like to do a shorter walk are welcome to do so. Just tell one of the organisers. Those who want to do a longer walk can do an extra round of the lake.  The actual Pinkathon route will be 3km (although each person can do as much or as little as they are comfortable with) so this walk will help you prepare for that.

Once you have finished the walk, please stay on for the mother-to-mother meeting and sling meetup. We will address any questions and discuss about an active pregnancy. There'll be a potluck breakfast during the meetings.  


Mothers, mothers-to-be, children, fathers and other relatives and friends are all very welcome to join in the walk and the breakfast meetings afterwards.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE NOTE:

- Parking: please park outside Lal Bagh West Gate (do NOT go to any of the other gates as they are too far away).  Map is here: https://www.google.co.in/maps/search/lal+bagh+west+gate/@12.948426,77.580133,19z?hl=en
- Timing: please ensure you have parked and are at Lal Bagh West Gate entrance by 7:45am.   The walk starts at 8am.
- To Bring: please bring your own water, baby-carrier and any other supplies you or your child require (eg: cap, sunscreen).  Please also bring one item for the potluck if you can.
- Babycarriers: if you require a babycarrier please contact Dhanya Ranjit by PM to book one
- Breastfeeding: there are plenty of benches and shady trees where you can breastfeed your child, bring a dupatta or scarf if required
- Whatsapp: please PM your number to Vaidehi Sriram to be added to the Whatsapp group
- Queries on the day: either use Whatsapp or call Venetia on 9972305440


About the Babywearing Walk

A group of pregnant mothers and new mothers  ‘wearing their babies’ are planning to walk the Bangalore Pinkathon. The mothers, who belong to Babywearing India and the Bangalore Birth Network, believe strongly in the wonderful benefits that prenatal and postpartum exercise and babywearing brings both mother and child.

These groups emphasize the importance of physical activity and fitness during pregnancy and in the post-partum period, for both the mother's and baby’s physical and mental health. We challenge the common myths that mothers should only ‘take rest’ in pregnancy and postpartum periods. Evidence shows that exercise throughout pregnancy maintains or improves physical fitness, helps reduce risk of gestational diabetes and excess weight gain during pregnancy and may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy). Physical activity during pregnancy is associated with improved mental health throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Babywearing India and the Bangalore Birth Network hope their walk will raise awareness for babywearing - which is traditionally practiced in many communities but not yet mainstream in urban India. Babywearing liberates women, ensuring that they can continue to lead a normal, active life both within and without the home while keeping their babies snuggled up next to their hearts. Having a baby certainly should not mean women should be confined to the house. By using babycarriers and slings to wear their little ones, mothers can easily go out for a meeting or for a concert, for a walk, a trek or even a swim, while their babies remain right next to them, contented and very much a part of their busy lives. In turn babies who are worn frequently cry less and learn more while receiving invaluable stimulation and security.

*Details of the registration to Pinkathon for Babywearing moms will be shared at a later date.

Date: 05/11/2014
Time: 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Venue: NIMHANS Center for Wellbeing 9th Main Rd, Stage 1, BTM Layout 1, Bengaluru

Apart from medical check ups, what do women and babies need in the antenatal period to ensure a healthy future? What are the long and short term effects on mother, baby and family of unmet emotional and psycho-social needs in the antenatal period?

Bangalore Birth Network welcomes members of the Global Prenatal Initiative (GPI) and local maternal health professionals for an informal panel discussion to commemorate the United Nations International Year of the Family and related themes: work-family balance, poverty, inter-generational solidarity and social inclusion.

Program:

2:30 – 2:40 Introductions

2:40 – 3:30 Speaker Panel

ØThe GPI and UN Year of the Family- Julie Gerland
ØA Youth Prespective- Lubiana Gosp-Server
ØEffects of women's prenatal mental health status on birth outcomes-Dr. Prabha Chandra
ØFamily violence and maternal health- Dr. Suneeta Krishnan

3:30 – 4:00 Discussion

4:00 – 4:30 Refreshments 

Admission is FREE. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bangalore Birth Network sincerely thanks NIMHANS for hosting this event.

Speaker Bios:

Julie Gerland

A life-time pioneer in very early parenting Dr. Julie Gerland received an honorary doctorate in 2012 for her experience, studies and pioneering work in the field of Holistic Medicines. She is the founder of the Holistic Parenting Programme: Preconception to Birth & Beyond... a programme for both parents and professionals. She is a professional trainer in the HypnoBirthing® Mongan Method of natural childbirth, an international lecturer and co-author Julie has appeared in the press for over 30 years as a visionary, advocate, healer and inspiration to many. Since 2006 she has been the Chief UN Representative of the World Organization of Prenatal Education Associations - OMAEP  at the United Nations and has developped an active global Youth Delegation. In 2013 she founded OMAEP's Global Prenatal Initiative (GPI) in partnership with the UN International Year of Families 2014.

Lubiana Gosp-Server , Head of the OMAEP’s (World Organization of Prenatal Education Associations) Youth Delegation, will share from a Youth perspective. 

Suneeta Krishnan

Social Epidemiologist

Suneeta Krishnan focuses on the intersections between gender, violence, and women's health over the life course. Her studies aim to uncover the pathways through which gender inequities lead to adverse health outcomes and health disparities among women, and to develop and test interventions that promote health and gender equity. Dr. Krishnan's work draws upon theories of gender, empowerment, and social and behavioral change, incorporates ethical analysis, and involves the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and the World Bank to conduct research on gender-based power and prevention of intimate partner violence, HIV, and other adverse women's health outcomes and to provide technical assistance for the development, implementation, and evaluation of women's health promotion programs, including efforts to promote cervical cancer prevention and treatment. Dr. Krishnan was awarded the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

 

Dr. Prabha S Chandra

MD, FRCPsych

Services for Mother Infant and Perinatal Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences 

Dr. Chandra is a Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS and has been a crusader in the field of perinatal psychiatry in India since 1994. She has worked at Mother Baby Psychiatry units in the UK and has special interest in the areas of pre- pregnancy and pre- conception counseling in mothers with mental health problems; interventions for mother infant bonding concerns and medication use in pregnancy and postpartum. She has started the first dedicated integrated service for mothers with mental heath issues in Asia. Dr. Chandra has received the prestigious Channi Kumar Oration awarded by the Marce society for perinatal psychiatry and the Dr. Vidyasagar award for senior scientists awarded by the Indian Council of Medical Research for her work in maternal mental health. She is a recipient of several research grants in mother infant health and is also the regional representative for Asia at the International Association for Women's mental health.