September 2011 Newsletter

September 2011


We Bid Farewell…

Yes, indeed! We at Women In The Center are still working within our community to connect women with opportunities for education, support, development, and personal growth. Though you may have wondered why you have not heard much from WITC lately. The reason: we recently bid farewell to a few women that have helped Women In The Center grow from the beginning. Ryanna Battiste and Jordyn Zimmerman have left WITC to pursue their personal goals and dreams. We want to thank you, Ryanna and Jordyn, for your time, energy, and commitment to Women In The Center and meeting the needs of women in our community. We wish you all the best on your future endeavors!

As Ryanna and Jordyn move forward with their dreams, they are asking for input from individuals that live in the Wilmington, NC, area. Take a moment to answer some questions in the following survey: Wilmington Cafe Survey.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to mark your calendars! Here are some of the community
events WITC is presenting or co-presenting in the near future.

Screening Of “Birth” – A Play By Karen Brody
Saturday, September 17th • 3 PM

At Tidal Creek Co-op, Suite 204 (Upstairs) • 5329 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC

Join us to watch a rebroadcast of the play, “Birth,” as it was performed in NYC on Labor Day and to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the local birth circle. There will be a regular discussion and the monthly local birth circle after the play is over. . .oh, and cupcakes!

Breastfeeding Cafe
Wednesday, September 28th • 10 AM
and each 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Location TBD • Wilmington, NC

Port City Breastfeeding Project, a project of Women In The Center, hosts a free breastfeeding cafe twice a month where women can gather together with their nursing children, gain support from other breastfeeding women, and ask questions if needed. A lactation consultant is present at each breastfeeding cafe. To learn about the cafe locations, be sure to check out PCBP on Facebook.

W.I.L.D. – Women In Labor Daze 2011
October 6-9, 2011

Women In Labor Daze is a celebration of the strength and beauty of mothers through art, film, and comedy. This year’s WILD Festival coincides with National Midwifery Week, and is sponsored by Women in the Center and the Women’s Studies and Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Tickets for some events will be available for purchase online. We will be sure to update everyone as soon as such details are finalized.

Thursday, October 6th • 7 PM
Art Exhibition and Opening Reception

At UNCW, Randall Library 2nd Floor • 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC

Friday, October 7th • 7 PM
Film – “Down On The Farm: Conversations With Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin”

At UNCW, Kenan Auditorium • 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC

Follow Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Director Abby Epstein to The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee, where pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin talks candidly about the latest birth trends. Gaskin, who was featured in the original The Business of Being Born, sparked Lake’s initial interest in home birth and has continued to inspire the filmmaking duo’s advocacy efforts.

Saturday, October 8th • 2 PM
Film – “MORE Business Of Being Born”
At UNCW, Kenan Auditorium • 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC

Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein follow their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with an all-new series that continues their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories.

Sunday, October 9th • 7 PM
Film – “The Chicago Maternity Center Story”
and Panel Discussion 

At UNCW, Kenan Auditorium • 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC

For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. However, when modern medicine’s attitude toward home birth changed and funding for the center was cut off in 1974, the center was forced to close. This film interweaves the history of the center with the stories of a young woman about to have her first baby and the center’s fight to stay open in the face of the corporate takeover of medicine.


If you are interested in volunteering for any of the listed events or for
questions, just send us an email with your name, contact information,
how you would like to help or any questions you may have.