Birth Collective is a new, local not-for-profit organization co-founded
by Kendra Machen, Charity Gregson, and Dr. Joella Pettigrew.
Our goal is to bring in various birth-related speakers or videos and
make the information available to the general public by advertising in
local papers and through different email groups. We would also like to
have local childbirth professionals attend to share their wisdom and
Our meeting times and dates are still being planned for 2010, so please
check back right here for the latest info.
Our meetings are attended by all interested adults and teens. Quiet
babes-in-arms and breastfed babies are welcome with their mothers.
However, we ask that parents make alternative care arrangements for
Events for 2010:
Feb. 20 - 3pm to 6pm "What to do -
The Unexpected Breech at Home" with Carol
Gautschi, LM, CPM
Oct. 23 - A Midwife’s Saga with Carol Leonard, BS, NH Certified Midwife
Calendar of Events for
March 18 - "Waterbirth
Certification & Credentialing Workshop" with
Waterbirth International's own Barbara Harper, RN, LCD, CCCE - Click here for more information
October 17 - Carla Hartley - Authentic
Midwifery ~ Reclaiming Birth Trust Instinct - 1-3:30pm workshop @ BBC Port Orchard
October 17 - Red Tent with Carla Hartley - 7-10pm at the Poplar Heights Birth and Wellness
Calendar of Events for 2008:
January 19 - "Meet the
Midwives and Doulas" - meet-n-greet
February 16 - [cancelled due to illness]
March 15 - "The Benefits of Accupressure in the Birth Year" with Mark
Duhamel, M.S. L.Ac of Many Paths Clinic in Port Orchard
April 19 - "Bagels and Birth Stories" a time of sharing birth stories,
future birth plans and birth questions/answers.
May 17 - "Baby Wearing" - Kelly from Green Kangaroo will exhibit and
display several styles of wraps and carriers
June 23 - Poplar Heights Birth Center Open House - 7pm
July 19 - Birth Professionals and Public Meet and Greet
August 16 - Dr Joella Pettigrew will do a presentation on "Chiropractic
and the Birth Year"
September 20 - Christina Dickinson to do a presentation of "Now I Lay
Me Down to Sleep"
October 18 - Sue Boyle RN and Homeopath will speak on "Homeopathy in
the Birth Year"
November 1 - Penny Simkin presents "When Labor Pain Becomes
Suffering" $12 per attendee
December 20 - off for holidays - BOD planning for 2009
Calendar of Events for 2007:
June 16 - Topic: Midwife Carol Gautschi will speak on the benefits of
July 21 - Topic: "Doula Meet and Greet" Come meet your local doulas!
Aug 18 - Topic: "How Breastfeeding Can Benefit You and Your Child"
Sep. 15 - Topic: "VBAC - ICAN"
Oct 20 - Topic: Jackie, from the Alive Shelter will speak on physical
and emotional violence against women and their babies in the birth year
Nov 17 - Topic: Optimal Fetal Positioning and discussion on the
Webester Technique led by Dr. Joella Pettigrew
Dec.15 - planning meeting
Our Board of Directors:
Machen, CCCE - I've lived in the South Kitsap area for 29 years.
I'm married to my best friend Ray who supports my goals and is an
active co-parent allowing me to be involved in our local birth
community. I'm mother to 5 children. Brian 12/77, Donna 7/80, Tim 8/97,
Dan 1/99 and SamLuke 5/00 I have 3 grandsons and one granddaughter.
I am a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator, Trained Labor
Support and Postpartum Doula, Certified Happiest Baby on the Block
Educator, Volunteer La Leche League Leader and Midwife Assistant with
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification.
I homeschool our three young sons and in my spare time I
enjoy teaching birth preparation classes, attending Workshops and
Conferences on the topics of Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding and
attending homebirths as a midwife's assistant.
I believe that pregnancy and birth are a natural process.
With support, nutrition and education most healthy women can achieve a
meaningful, satisfying and empowering birth with little to no
Charity Gregson, CCCE
- Charity has been married to Scott for over 22 yrs and they have 11
children ranging in age from 3 to 21. yrs. Seven of their children were
born at home into their daddy's hands while the other four were
hospital births. Charity became interested in pregnancy and birth
during her 3rd pregnancy, while they were planning and preparing for
their first unassisted homebirth. In 1996, Charity took a labor support
course through Seattle Miwifery School and has worked as a doula since
then. In the summer of 2006, she became a CAPPA certfied childbirth
educator and currently teaches private classes in the Kitsap and
surrounding areas. She also recently completed Birth Assistant training
and looks forward to assisitng local midwives in births soon.
She is a Christian and her family attends Bible Baptist Church in Port
Orchard, where her dad pastors. Her faith plays a big part in her daily
life. She believes in the one true God of the Bible, that He created us
and designed our bodies to work wonderfully and that natural birth is
part of that design. She believes that most women can acheive a
wonderful birth experience with proper preparation and healthy living.
Dr. Joella Pettigrew
- is a family wellness chiropractor and received her degree from Life
Chiropractic College West. She is a member of the International
Chiropractic Pediatric Association by which she has received a
Fellowship in Pediatric Chiropractic and certified in the Webster
Technique. She is an advocate for natural childbirth and natural family
living. Her passion is supporting and educating women through pregnancy
to ensure the most optimal birth outcome and raise healthy families.
Dr. Pettigrew's family wellness practice, JP Chiropractic, is located
in Port Orchard, Washington where she resides with her husband and