Partner Spotlight –Tubman Center for Health & Freedom

July 25th, 2022|0 Comments

The Tubman Center for Health & Freedom is Bringing #MedicineToThePeople Open Arms bridges gaps in perinatal care access, education, and support for families across the Puget Sound, but our families have a spectrum of needs and our mission intersects with [...]

Who Mothers the Mother? We Do!

May 4th, 2022|0 Comments

Happy Mother's Day! Every May we honor the mamas in our lives! Sometimes that is our birth mothers, at times fathers, grandparents, aunties or uncles, siblings, or someone who chose to take on the responsibility to mother us. Being a [...]

Washington 2022 Legislative Session Passes Our Advocacy Priorities

March 16th, 2022|0 Comments

Amid The National Maternal Mortality Crisis, Washington State Passes Essential Legislation Open Arms boldly disrupts oppression by providing birth support to families otherwise left vulnerable in a biased and overburdened health system. Maternal and infant health outcomes in the United [...]

Happy 25th Birthday Open Arms!

February 16th, 2022|0 Comments

Celebrating 25 Years of Community-Based Healing Birth work ­- when rooted in equity, justice, and love - is healing work. When mothers and birthing people receive unwavering support through their pregnancies and the challenges of parenthood, the effects are felt [...]

Program Spotlight: Community-Based Outreach Doulas

September 24th, 2021|0 Comments

Community-Based Outreach Doulas: Revolutionizing Birth Support Open Arms is a leader in community-based birth support, resulting in fewer preterm births, unplanned c-sections, babies with low birth weight, and higher rates of initiating and continuing breast/chestfeeding. We know that emotional [...]

Being a Doula During COVID-19 – Jasmine’s Story

June 14th, 2021|0 Comments

Fostering Intimacy Through Virtual Visits The work of a doula is to be brought into an unknown—sometimes chaotic—situation and think, “How can we work with this? How can we provide the best support regardless of circumstances?”  When [...]

Why I Became an Open Arms Doula – Stephanie’s Story

June 14th, 2021|0 Comments

Being an Open Arms birth doula makes me feel like I’m contributing to positive change while staying connected within my community. My first impression when I walked into Open Arms (pre-COVID when we worked in a shared office) [...]

API Breastfeeding Week – Mary’s Story

August 20th, 2020|0 Comments

When I was pregnant with my twins in the early 2000’s, finding resources related to pregnancy and lactation was difficult and I struggled to connect with the resources that I was provided because they spoke to a culture that wasn’t relatable to my lifestyle or people that looked like me. This is one of the many reasons that I am a Lactation Support Peer Counselor. I am blessed to have the opportunity to provide support, education, and resources to the Pacific Islander community in a style that they can relate to, and by a person who looks like them.

Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week

August 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Open Arms Perinatal Services recognizes the third week in August as Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week August is National Breastfeeding Month and while the second week has been recognized as Native Breastfeeding Week and the fourth week as Black Breastfeeding [...]

Native Breastfeeding Week – Elizabeth’s Story

August 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Elizabeth Montez - My Lactation Journey Nursing my babies has been inextricably linked to my experience navigating life as an Anishinaabe/Latinx person in a colonized America. With my first baby, I was still trying to compartmentalize myself and identity. [...]

From Our Executive Director: On Being Four Years Young

November 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Dear friends, partners, and community, I just celebrated my fourth birthday as Executive Director of Open Arms. Time is passing so quickly. I often think that Open Arms was nearing adolescence when I came through the doors. I feel a lot [...]

Grantmakers in Health (GIH) Site Visit

June 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Open Arms ensures doulas are provided and reach the right communities. We also help other community-based organizations have a seat at the table to grow and serve their communities. In preparation for this visit, we shared this 1-sheet overview of our programs and impact, and Dila, our Executive Director, led an engaging live session with an emphasis on outcomes.