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BirthNet is a non-profit organization

Whose mission is to educate the public about maternity care in order to improve it.

BirthNet's goal is to encourage all women and families to learn about their rights and options during the childbearing year. Birth options, such as where, with whom, and how to give birth, are reproductive rights.

We work to improve maternity care for women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, races, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and socio-economic circumstances.

BirthNet coordinates programs with our Speakers Bureau. Our primary programs include:

  • education in the classroom (middle school through college)
  • community forums or workshops
  • media outreach
  • gathering and distributing information about maternity care
  • networking with professionals and policy makers

BirthNet has endorsed the evidence-based Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, developed by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. BirthNet also supports the Midwives Model of Care.


In 2017, BirthNet began developing our Birth Justice Project to address the wide disiparities in birth outcomes in Albany, NY.  More details are available here.



BirthNet Discussion Group

BirthNet hosts an e-mail discussion group for talk about birth-related issues. It can be used to announce and plan upcoming events, share relevant news articles, and discuss issues related to birth and maternity care. This group is for BirthNet supporters including birth professionals, parents, and members of the public interested in helping to improve maternity care. Message volume is about 10-20 messages per month, and includes reminders of meetings and events.

To subscribe to BirthNetAlbany, just type your e-mail address into the box to the right and click the "Join List" button.

To unsubscribe at any time, go to, sign in if necessary, click on the appropriate mailing-list name on the left-hand side, then click on the "Unsubscribe" link on the right-hand side.



BirthNet accepts and appreciates all donations to help support our work.  You can choose any of the following options: 

Go to our PayPal secure site for online donations. 
Send payment (by check) to: 
c/o Carolyn Keefe, Treasurer
215 Partridge Street
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: (518) 482-2504

Email for questions/info: 

Donations are always accepted at our events as well.