Hello Richmonders. It is my pleasure to announce the launch of our fledgling non-profit’s website. And we have a a new name to shout about too! We are so filled with gratitude we’re about to burst.
Allow me to introduce you to our new baby: Nurture.
The poet Wendell Berry has written extensively about stewardship, how the farmer tends the land carefully, lovingly during his lifetime so that it will continue to yield its bounty for those who come after. Pregnancy, birth, and early parenting comprise a critical life transition that also requires careful tending, as our actions now reverberate far into the future of our children’s lives.
And so it is with our newly emerging
organization. Our goal is to nurture those who are nurturing the next generation: our expecting and new mothers, fathers, families, their care providers, and the community which surrounds us. If we tend to this field wisely, we help to build a healthier, more resilient community for our children, and our children’s children. It’s a big goal. And it will take time. But together we can do
I feel that Nurture is emerging at a very opportune time. Nationally, support is growing for evidence-based, mother-friendly maternity care and services. This kind of care puts mother and baby at the center, and has a proven track record of being safe, satisfying, and cost effective. But though this is part of a national dialogue, the work to be done occurs at the local level – people with their feet on the ground in their own communities working together to improve outcomes and facilitate positive change. We hope that Nurture can be the platform for bringing evidence-based care and wellness focused services to the mainstream in Richmond, so that all the expecting and new families in our community get off to the best possible start.
Though we have big dreams, we’re starting out with baby steps. We’ve been working hard this last year to get our legs underneath us, tending to our inner growth before we stretch ourselves outward into the community. We will continue to phase our work so that we build a solid organizational infrastructure to support our work in the community.
So we’ll begin in June with what got this whole thing started – prenatal and postnatal yoga – to be offered in central Richmond through a rental arrangement with Unity of Richmond. This fall we’ll stretch ourselves further to offer our first professional development program, Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue, a one day workshop for physicians, midwives, nurses, labor assistants, childbirth educators, and others who work may encounter perinatal loss in the course of their professional lives. And soon we will begin our fundraising efforts so that we can reach toward our goal of creating a dedicated maternity resource center and serve as a change agent in our community.
Our mission, to improve the health and wellbeing of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support, and community engagement – represented by our four pillars Move • Learn • Connect • Inspire – is built into our programs. We
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want to move your body, engage your mind, connect you with the resources you need in the community, and inspire positive, meaningful, and measurable change for women, families and care providers during the life altering experience of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.
Won’t you join us?
To build a non-profit from the ground up truly takes a village. Our heartfelt thanks to our many friends and supporters, who have nurtured us with amazing gifts of time, talent, and funds during this “organizational
pregnancy.” Sarah Trickey and her students at the VCU Brand Center, who came up
with our new name, and the members of the Nurture Marketing Committee, who have been working tirelessly to get this particular effort launched, especially deserve our thanks. We could not have gotten here without you. Richmond rocks!
See you ’round the neighborhood.