CHOICE’s mission is to improve birth outcomes by individualizing prenatal care and support in Central Ohio. CHOICE provides safe alternatives for a natural and positive childbirth environment, by supporting the family on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. CHOICE fulfills its mission by:
- Providing prenatal and postpartum care under the midwifery model of care
- Educating families about their rights and responsibilities as a pregnant family
- Providing free, informed counseling about childbirth options
- Educating families about respectful, culturally sensitive maternity care
- Providing nutritional information for pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Providing postpartum support for breastfeeding and parenting a new baby
- Educating and training professional midwives to attend births
- Acting as a community resource for expecting families
- Connecting families with other necessary resources and care providers in the community
The CHOICE Parent Resource Center provides FREE baby clothes, maternity clothes, baby equipment and furniture to the community. All items have been donated to CHOICE, and are available to anyone in the community, regardless of whether they are CHOICE clients. The Parent Resource Center is open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m (please call to verify hours). Donations are gratefully accepted.
CHOICE provides a free library of educational materials for anyone in the community, regardless of whether they are CHOICE clients. Our Library contains books and DVDs about pregnancy, childbirth (including home birth, Lamaze, LeBoyer), nutrition, breastfeeding, and infant care. Donations of books or DVDs to our library are gratefully accepted and tax deductible!
CHOICE regularly holds educational events that are free and open to the public, colleagues, and all birth workers. We provide information on the various practices and techniques of childbirth, and the options available to parents in hospitals, birth centers and the home.
CHOICE is also available for private booking for groups interested in alternative childbirth education and related topics. This includes slide presentations, films, and an opportunity for discussion following the presentation. If you are interested in having CHOICE at your meeting or event, please contact us here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Consultations and Referrals
This is an opportunity to meet with our midwives, discuss what childbirth options are available in the community, and help you determine the best choice for your family. There is no charge for this time, regardless of whether or not you decide to use our services.
Let us know if you are interested in scheduling your free consultation.
Abby J. Kinne Apprenticeship Fund
The Abby J. Kinne fund was initiated in loving memory of midwife, Abby J Kinne. The fund was created to provide financial assistance to apprentices and midwives to further their education in midwifery. Abby was dedicated to teaching apprentices to carry the torch forward. She believed that in her lifelong career as a midwife, she had acquired a set of skills unique to midwives that are essential to pass on to apprentices. Abby believed that midwifery had something unique to offer the women midwives served by providing the most educated and experienced care possible.
I may not live to see midwives become the caregiver of choice in this country, but I have no doubt that women will eventually demand the personalized and intimate care I sought for myself when I began this journey.
Below, you will find a link to raise funds for the Abby J. Kinne Fund. We appreciate all of your support in helping to further midwifery education by making a donation to the Abby J Kinne fund! If you would like to make a tax deductible donation directly to the Abby J Kinne fund, please send your check to CHOICE, 2584 Oakstone Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43231 or donate through the link below.
We believe that all families should have the opportunity to access the support and education provided by CHOICE. The Mothership Fund provides financial assistance to families who complete an application process and meet certain qualifications for home birth, doula, or childbirth education fees. This increases access to alternative birthing options and education for families that we serve. Learn more about the Mothership Fund and how to apply.