C.A.R.E. Network is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of childbearing families in our community through education, support, and advocacy.
We are a not-for profit, referral and membership organization dedicated to helping individuals and families have access to evidence-based information and compassionate support. Our members are diverse, but we all share a desire to provide evidence-based information and care to those we work with—from pre-conception, pregnancy, and birth through early parenthood. We work to promote and support doulas, midwives and other natural birth professionals. In addition, we provide continuing education and enrichment for birth and wellness professionals so they can better serve childbearing families in our community.
C.A.R.E. Network of Wisconsin, one of the country’s oldest birth networks, began in 1995 with a small group of Milwaukee area doulas who met in a member’s home for mutual support and promotion. Twenty years ago, the field of childbirth assistance was in its infancy and home birth midwives were not yet licensed in the state. Educating families and providers about the benefits of labor assistants/doulas and the midwifery model of care quickly became an integral part of our group’s mission. In fact, C.A.R.E. stands for Childbirth Assistance, Resources, and Education.
Since our humble beginnings, our membership has expanded from a handful of birth doulas to over 40 members, and now includes midwives, postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, chiropractors specializing in pregnancy, acupuncturists, prenatal yoga instructors, placenta encapsulation specialists, prenatal massage therapists, owners of local free-standing birth centers, and other birth and wellness professionals. While much has changed since we began our work over 20 years ago, we remain as dedicated as ever to our mission.
In addition to holding monthly meetings, C.A.R.E. works to organize and sponsor educational events for the community. Over the years, we have brought powerhouse speakers to Milwaukee, including Suzanne Arms and Ina May Gaskin, as well as premiering groundbreaking documentaries like Ricki Lake’s “The Business of Being Born” and “Why Not Home?” to name just a few. We also work to engage with health care providers in local area hospitals so that we can build positive relationships and learn from one another.
CARE Network has become a trusted resource for families seeking comprehensive, evidence-based prenatal, birth, and postpartum services. Whether you are pregnant and wondering how to choose the best midwife or doctor; are curious about out-of-hospital birth; are looking for help with breastfeeding; are struggling with postpartum depression; or are looking to connect with like-minded parents, we’ve got you covered. Our members are eager to provide you with the CARE you deserve or point you in the direction of other local resources that can help.
For birth professionals of all kinds, C.A.R.E. provides a support and referral network. If you support families during the childbearing year or are interested in birth work, we invite you to attend one of our monthly C.A.R.E. Network meetings. Meet other professionals who are passionate about 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.