Kitsap Birth Collective

"In every country where I have seen real progress in maternity care, it was women's groups working together with midwives that made the difference." Marsden Wagner
  The Kitsap 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 experience.

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 older babies/children.

Calendar of 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 2009:
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 Center

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 home birth
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:

Kendra 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 intervention.

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 children.

The purpose of the Kitsap Birth Collective is to provide information
to the general public, specifically Kitsap County, regarding matters of "the birth year" from conception to postpartum.
2007 Kitsap Birth Collective