Since 1997, Open Arms Perinatal Services has been providing strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
At Open Arms, we believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every mother and baby. We believe in the possibility of every child that is born. And we believe that every mother and every family always have the opportunity to live out that possibility.
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Save the Date for the Open Arms Spring Luncheon!
Please join us on March 20, 2015, for our 7th Annual Spring Luncheon to be held at the Westin in downtown Seattle. For more details and to register, click here.
Executive Director Sheila Capestany speaks in Washington, DC
Open Arms headed to Washington, D.C. to attend the White House Summit on Early Education December 10th, 2014. Executive Director Sheila Capestany was the featured speaker at the celebration dinner honoring National Early Childhood Leaders. She spoke on the possibilities for all children and families in these earliest years of life and the opportunities we have as providers, policy makers, funders and society as a whole to assure that the story of children’s lives start out well from day one. You can read her remarks here. At the Summit, President Obama announced a $1 Billion investment in Early Education, about 1/3 of it coming from private foundations. Click here to watch the President’s remarks at the Summit. Seattle was well represented with King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, Jackie and Mike Bezos from Bezos Family Foundation, and staff from each office as well as Governor Inslee’s office.
Short & Sweet Auction and All That Jazz a Success! $80,000 raised!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Short and Sweet Auction and All That Jazz! More than 225 people enjoyed wine, dessert, and fantastic items to bid on, and helped us raise $80,000 to serve low-income pregnant women around the time of the birth of a new baby. Thank you!
Libin Egal Spirit Award
As many of you know a family, a community, and Open Arms, lost a beloved member, Libin Egal, to cancer. When it was clear that Libin was destined to make a new journey, she agreed to allow Open Arms to create an award in her name for the community. That award is called the Libin Egal Spirit Award and will be provide to a community member each year in the Spring. The very first award was presented to Camie Goldhammer at the Open Arms’ Luncheon on March 20th. Here is our tribute to Libin Egal, who in her own words shares is why doula work and community are so important. If you would like to give a gift in honor of Libin Egal, or a new mom, a baby or a loved one in your life, please click here and be sure to specify the person you’d like to honor.
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Open Arms Perinatal Services is a registered 501( C)3 organization, EIN 91-1868021.