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.
News & Program Announcements
Libin Egal Spirit Award
As many of you know a family, a community, and Open Arms, lost a beloved member, Libin Egal, to cancer just last week. Months ago, 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.
Over $101,000 Raised at 6th Annual Open Arms Luncheon!
We have many to thank for the success of our 6th Annual Luncheon on March 20th. Special appreciation for our sponsors and matching fund donors that made the event possible. Dennis Bounds, of KING 5 Television, we thank you for being the Master of Ceremonies, for this event and all of the luncheons the past six years. Dr. Maxine Hayes, we thank you for understanding so deeply, and for believing so passionately, in the long-term outcomes Open Arms produces for a better community. Your Keynote told the story well. Tabitha Millian thank you for your amazing doula work, and for sharing with our attendees your perspective as to why this work is important in so many ways. Thank you, Camie Goldhammer, for all that you do in support of women and community. We were so proud to present you with the First Annual Libin Egal Spirit Award. Sara Ainsworth, we thank you for giving so generously personally and for taking the stage to ask others to do the same. To our guests and supporters, we could not provide the critical support as we do to birthing women, new babies, and their families with out you being an integral part of what we do. Thank you for your support and for being a part of the Open Arms Family. All of you make it so we can continue to believe in, and keep alive, hope, possibility, and community.
Outreach Doula Program Receives National Accreditation
We are proud to announce that the Open Arms Perinatal Services Outreach Doula Program has received national accreditation from HealthConnect One. Our Outreach Doula Program—which has offered strong support in the Somali and Latina communities in Seattle since 2008—is the first community doula program in the nation to achieve accreditation. National accreditation validates our community-centered approach to providing services to women and families. It affirms the excellence and quality of our program.
Attend a Doula Orientation
Open Arms Birth Doula Services Program (BDS) contracts with local trained and certified doulas to provide doula care in our community. All doulas serving Open Arms clients must first attend a full-day orientation covering BDS program details, doula scope of practice review and cultural competency training. Orientations will be held throughout 2014. Call our office at 206-723-6868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.