We began the year by welcoming Juneau’s first baby, born to our very own office manager, Christine and husband Dominique. In March, the 950th baby was born under the care of our attentive midwives, and we have continued to celebrate our 20th anniversary all year long.
As we head into our 21st year, the JFHBC board made the decision to amend our bylaws and become a membership organization. We recognize that we are a community birth center, and you – as someone who has supported the center, birthed here, or had a loved one born in these walls – should have the opportunity to become a member of our community. In keeping with our core principle of being open to all people regardless of income, there is no financial obligation to becoming a member. However, financial donations are an essential part of our organization, and are necessary for our donated health care program to be sustainable. JFHBC continues our commitment to providing midwifery care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. We believe that all people deserve to have a respectful, transformative, empowering birth experience, but we need the support of our community to continue providing these essential services. Private donations are crucial to making the birth center’s mission “To empower and inspire families through access to midwifery care, education, a community birth center, and a network of support” a reality for all Alaskan families who chose to seek care here.
Please become a member by returning the attached form, or filling out the online form at www.juneaubirthcenter.org/membership and if possible, please consider including a donation to the JFHBC in your end of the year giving. The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies on community support. Your donation directly supports families throughout Southeast Alaska by providing crucial access to early prenatal care, supplements, educational resources, and support groups. Donations can be made via check, by credit card over the phone, or on our website, juneaubirthcenter.org/donate, and are tax deductible. If you choose to donate online, you will have the additional option of becoming a sustaining member. On behalf of the entire board, thank you for your kindness.