Planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section) can feel so overwhelming for families. Where can I deliver? What are my rights? Do I have any choices? Will a provider really support me?Read More
North Pinellas, Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties can seem like a desert for birth options. Luckily for families who would like personalized prenatal care we have a solution that is individualized to your family’s needs.Read More
Thanks to all who came out to our second annual family walk to commemorate Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 13, 2018. We are so glad to continue this conversation to reduce the stigma and loneliness surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. We hope relationships were formed and support was found through the resources and stories shared.Read More
“ I had goosebumps but didn’t feel cold. I felt numb. The baby kicks in my belly. Still alive. What does it mean to be alive? I question this as I rub my belly. I speak out loud and reassure the being inside me that all will be okay. After all, that’s what mother’s do for their children…right? Tears rolled down my cheeks. The earth cried for me that month and I with it. “Read More
We have some new faces on our volunteer team here at the Roots! We'd like to introduce you to a few of the peer leaders starting up in our free groups this September. These leaders are going to make our groups more welcoming and enriching. We hope you join us!Read More
Our little angle is two months old! I can't believe it has been two months since I faced my fears about an un-medicated birth, and brought this wonderful blessing into the world! I want to tell my birth story to help any woman who has been through anything similar, to let you know you too can take back your power! And to shed light on what a home birth is, how empowering it can be and what a fantastically, amazing experience it is!
We love to cozy up with a family, dive deep into their childbearing history, answer the hard questions, and share about our work. The problem with that sometimes is that you miss out on meeting the rest of our fabulous team.Read More
Meet Whitnee, our new volunteer!
Do you have a passion for working with families? We could always use more hands and hearts around here! Get in touch and we will work on finding a great fit for you!Read More
We celebrated our 3rd birthday a few weeks ago and it was a great milestone to celebrate! We are so proud of the work we've done for the past three years and hope to continue to grow our programs and community.
As you may know, we are a registered 501(c)(3) which means we rely on public support of our programs and can accept donations that are tax deductible.
In case you were wondering how you can help, we want to let you know how you can support the work of the Roots!Read More
Historically in America midwives will attend births by themselves, with a student or apprentice midwife, or with a on-the-job trained birth assistant. These assistants may or may not be certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation. They may carry additional credentials like being a Licensed Practical Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant but many do not.Read More
Unlike a threenager we do NOT:
1. Require our food be crust-less
2. Refuse to get dressed and/or change multiple times a day
3. Say no to naps
Like a threenager we DO:
1. Make our own rules
2. Do what we want
3. Encourage earplugs in our presence
Come party with us, friends!Read More
“As for me, a pregnant 30-something middle class white woman with the added benefit of being a Licensed Midwife and caring for hundreds of families over many years, well, I had the cards stacked 110% in my favor. While I was intimately aware of this intense privilege for years, even through miscarriages and a 2nd trimester loss, I was never more aware and outraged by it than when I was pregnant and postpartum with our 2nd full term baby.”
We believe in building community here at the Community Roots Collective and we believe that starts early. We want to raise compassionate and sensitive kids that have a strong sense of fairness and equality. We aim to tackle 'hard issues' square on in an age appropriate way. That is why we began our Social Justice Storytime- to have conversations with kids early on about being open and accepting of all kinds of people. Join us for our social justice storytime on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am.Read More
At some point, you just have to let go and let life happen. You can't plan for everything. You can't foresee when bad things will happen. But you have to come to peace with bad decisions and mess ups. Don't fear making the mistakes. Don't let the mom-guilt overtake you. And when you need to, forgive yourself. By your example, you are teaching your children to forgive themselves, too.
We're human. We're just doing our best. Sometimes less. And that's ok.Read More