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Hudson Valley Birth Network Expands Support for Pregnancy, Birth, Baby and Beyond

HVBN members welcome families at a festival

As parents and professionals, members of the Hudson Valley Birth Network know that “it takes a village to raise a child,” and the network can be and build that village for area parents. What began in 1979 as the Childbirth Educators Association of Westchester/Putnam is now a dynamic, 80-member hub for local learning and referrals—“and we’re here to help,” says Joyce Havinga-Droop, president of the nonprofit organization.

“We provide consumers and professionals with current information about pregnancy, birth and parenthood; help families make the decisions that are best for them in order to give birth safely and joyously; and make sure they have access to support as new parents,” Havinga-Droop says.

The network offers seminars, workshops and referral services in addition to membership meetings. It has also expanded its offerings to include 21 comprehensive prenatal to postnatal categories. From acupuncture to yoga, new parents will find a full complement of midwives, doulas (birth and postpartum care for mom and baby), childbirth educators, therapists and guides for lactation, fertility, women’s physical and mental health (individual and support group service), infant wellness and parenting. “Parents can find a wide range of skilled, nurturing professionals on our website,,” Havinga-Droop says. “They can also join the conversation by liking us on Facebook at HudsonValleyBirthNetwork.”

Professionals interested in becoming part of the network community should email [email protected]