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 [...]

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. [...]

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.

A love letter

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Dear SVP, We’ll make this short. And sweet. We heard you might be cutting the cord with us. We’re not ready for that. We want delayed cord cutting … like how about another 5 years of partnership? Our relationship was filled with bliss (and accrual accounting), and we just aren’t ready for it to be over. So we are writing this letter to let you know, we ARE NOT breaking up.

Donor Spotlight: Suzanne DuRard

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Suzanne found her way to the Open Arms community over a decade ago through a board member introduction and attending our 2009 luncheon. She has lived in the neighborhood for twenty years and has always thought it appropriate that Open Arms is part of the “beloved community” formed by El Centro de la Raza, where Open Arms has had its main office for over 22 years.

Why I joined “The Mama-logues” Cast

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Parenting is complicated at any stage of life; there is a constant barrage of information in books, and blogs all trying to tell new parents the “best” way to parent. I am a first-generation American, and you better believe that my mother and the rest of my extended family have just as much Mexican parenting advice they so generously and voluntarily share with me.

Why is Black Maternal Health Week so important?

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

My grandmother is 93 years old. She's still active, still known to talk smack, sit down and proceed to beat us at whatever game we're playing. She's amazing. We took some time to talk about her life experiences, what it was like for her growing up in Oklahoma. Something she said really stuck with me.