I am pleased to tell you about the new Knoxville Birth Resource Center. I have teamed up with Holly Stewart who owns East TN Placenta Medicine and Holly Stewart Photography. Together we have a vision to bring pregnancy and birth resources to the women of East Tennessee. We are blessed in this area to have so many resources and we want to make sure people know they are here by a collaborative effort with this center.
As a doula and childbirth educator of 14 years, I have grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of meeting spaces in Knoxville. Birth professionals are for the most part vying for the same few spots at public libraries or paying exorbitant fees at restaurant meeting spaces. Four years ago when I opened the local Knoxville Chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) I became more frustrated. My co-leader and I would search for a place to hold meetings and get the word out via various advertising and networks only to show up at the place we had scheduled and find they didn’t have us on their calendar. As an all volunteer non profit this was discouraging. We never knew if we would show up at the meeting place and find out we could not hold our meeting at all. For about a year we had a fantastic place at a local chiropractic office and our meetings were growing because the chiropractors believed in our mission and ensured we always had a place to meet. Unfortunately for us, they moved out of state. We miss and appreciate them! The last year has been particularly disappointing as we have had many miscommunications with a local library branch and I suspect this has had an impact on our meeting attendance. Who wants to take time to go to a meeting that might not happen? ICAN of Knoxville is currently scheduled to meet at the Homberg ChickFilA for the rest of the 2014 year. We haven’t had a meeting there yet but I now know that if it doesn’t work out we can move the meetings to the Birth Resource Center at 428 E. Scott Ave, Suite 100, Knoxville TN 37917.
Additionally there are other non profits that I would like to work with or help spread the word about and having the center will make it possible to spread the word for all of these groups without detracting from anyone’s mission and message. It will be an informational source.
As for my own personal business of being a doula and childbirth educator I look forward to having a central location to schedule consultations, prenatals, and classes. In a recent week I met various clients and potential clients in 7 different restaurants and cafes. This is not the best use of my time and resources. It is working but it can be improved. A local curiosities shop has been wonderful about allowing me to schedule classes at their store for a modest fee. I fully appreciate them and plan on still utilizing their space occasionally as it is on the west side of town which may be more convenient for a few customers. The owner and I have some visions of our own for community events we can offer. One of the most exciting things I can offer is more childbirth classes. It has been several years since I had a suitable place to offer my Comfort Measures Class, Prep for VBAC Class, 6 Week Prepared Childbirth Series and more.
Holly has been offering placenta encapsulation services to the community for several years now and a Knoxville physical office will only help further the convenience of using her fabulous services. She recently has gotten back into photography and is most interested in maternity, birth, and newborn photography.
We look forward to watching this Center grow. We are thrilled to be in an office of mostly women business owners who offer chiropractic, cranio sacral therapy, Reiki, counseling, addiction recovery and more. It is a truly healing place. A special thanks to Natalie Kurylo, D.C. of Heliotropic Healing who told us of the office space opening. We hope that all in the community will help support it in some way so that the many and varied Knoxville resources will only grow. There is some trepidation with any new endeavor however my life and business experience has taught me that whatever you put out in the community will return to you. Please help us grow!