Being a C.A.R.E. member offers many benefits, including professional networking, continued learning and enrichment opportunities, and being a part of a passionate group of like minded individuals. Members benefit from the sharing of knowledge and wisdom by those with more experience, as well as from the many other complimentary providers in our group.
If you support families during the childbearing year or are considering birth work yourself, then we invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings. Meet others who are interested in helping families in our community have safe and satisfying birth and postpartum experiences. We encourage you to come and ask questions, share your knowledge, learn about our members’ businesses and the services they provide, and find out how you can get involved to make our birth community even stronger.
Who are the members of the C.A.R.E. Network?
To become C.A.R.E. Network member you must be actively working to serve individuals and families in the childbearing year in some way or be interested in the support of women and families in the childbearing year. Our members currently include birth and postpartum doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, chiropractors specializing in pregnancy, acupuncturists, physical therapists, prenatal yoga instructors, placenta encapsulation specialists, prenatal massage therapists, owners of local free-standing birth centers, and more. While our members have come together to support and learn from one another, we remain independent business owners, each with our own fees and service offerings, so that parents can find a provider that best fits their needs.
How to Join:
Before becoming a C.A.R.E. Network member, you must first attend at least two meetings. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Well-Rounded Maternity Center in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. After you’ve attended two meetings, we ask that you complete our new member form and pay annual dues. Please contact us if you have questions about our meetings or becoming a member.
C.A.R.E. Network Meeting
Who: All C.A.R.E. Members and those who want to learn more about birth work or are interested in joining the group.
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00pm (no meetings held in July or December)
Where: Well-Rounded Maternity Center, 2455 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee WI 53207
What: Each month we discuss a different topic presented by CARE Network and community members. Topics vary, but are always centered around conception, pregnancy, babies, early parenting issues, and/or postpartum. Check our facebook page to see each month’s topic.
Examples of past meeting topics: Perinatal Mood Disorders, Birth Worker Safety, Acupuncture for Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding after Breast Surgery, Infant Loss and Navigating Tongue and Lip Ties.
Heart & Soul Gathering:
Who: Doulas and midwives, or those considering becoming one.
When: Second Tuesday of each month (no meetings held in July or December), 6-7pm, before the general C.A.R.E. meeting.
Where: Well-Rounded Maternity Center, 2455 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI 53207
What: A place to share your questions, stories, knowledge, and passion with other doulas and midwives in our community. Everyone is welcome to stay for the general C.A.R.E. Network meeting that immediately follows.
*You do not need to be a member of C.A.R.E. Network to attend our meetings. We welcome you to attend as many meetings as you’d like so you can learn about our community and get involved.
C.A.R.E. Member Rights and Privileges
C.A.R.E. Network meetings are open to anyone, but membership privileges include the right to have a profile published on the website. In addition, members can vote during annual elections and participate where other matters are taken to consensus or vote.
In order to gain these rights, members must:
- Pay dues in the amount of $35 per year
- Attend a minimum of 3 meetings per year, and
- Provide service to the group in some capacity, as able, throughout the course of the year. Service opportunities include, among others, helping with an educational event, presenting at a C.A.R.E. meeting, or participating on a committee.