MotherBaby Network

advocacy and commentary with a focus on Lane County, Oregon

About

Katharine GallagherHello:

I’m Katharine Gallagher. In 2003, I followed my partner, David, here to Eugene. My professional background and interests are in public policy. I hold a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. Feel free to check out my bio and resume.

I have two children. Pregnancy, birth, and motherhood sparked an unexpected personal interest in models of maternity care and the impact they have on women, babies, families and communities. I am interested in all three models – home, birth center and hospital. MotherBaby Network is a platform for exploring maternity care within the context of my community – Lane County – and Oregon.

I gave birth to both of my sons in a hospital. My first son arrived via an unplanned cesarean section. My second was born via vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). I have used an OB/GYN and the PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center. I support access to homebirth and have had the good fortune to attend one.

I believe birth is a deeply personal experience with the potential to transform the lives of women and families. Every woman and family is unique. Accordingly, I believe women are best served by informed decision making about their choices in location (home, birth center and hospital) and provider (direct-entry midwife, certified-nurse midwife and OB/GYN). All three kinds of birth settings and providers exist in Lane County. This is not the norm in most of the United States!

In 2008, I founded Lane County Friends of the Birth Center. I also participate in Lane County Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities and the local Breastfeeding Coalition of Lane County.

In 2010, I became a certified childbirth educator with Birth Works International. I enjoy the opportunities this has created to serve as a resource for women and their partners as they anticipate and plan for childbirth, postpartum and parenting!

For more, check out my first blog post……

2 responses to “About

  1. Rae Davies December 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Great blog Katharine – I especially appreciate how you have not separated the mother and baby by using the term “MotherBaby” – we use it in the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative http://www.imbci.org and explain the origin of the term as well. The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) is the international sister of CIMS.

    • motherbabynetwork February 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Rae Davies – a belated but appreciative response to your comment. Many thanks for reading my blog and encouragement for use of “MotherBaby.” I will link to IMBCO from my resources page. Thanks very much again. Katharine

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