Gathered Birth facilitates gathering together as mothers, parents, and a community, to care for and empower each other as we grow as parents. We offer a wide range of support services and classes to help you gather the knowledge, tools, and confidence to approach your birth and parenthood with peace and joy.
Gathered Birth nurtures and empowers women, families, and the community through holistic, evidence-based education and support in a warm, accepting environment.
- Whoever you are, whomever you love, you are welcome at Gathered Birth. Respect and acceptance, always.
- Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood are natural processes, even when interventions are involved. Becoming a parent is an awesome experience, no matter how it happens.
- There is no “right way” to give birth or to parent. Only you know what is best for you. Gathered Birth supports your choices.
- The purpose of childbirth preparation is to enable women to feel confident and aware as they approach their birth. Birth can be unpredictable, but we can help you feel prepared and confident as your birth story unfolds.
- Mothers possess deep intuition and instinct. When we care for and empower women, they learn to trust themselves and tap into that intuition.
- Partners (be they significant others, family members, friends) are integral, and need support too.
- It truly does take a village. Community involvement is a necessary and exciting piece of providing care to mothers.
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A midwife, pediatric nurse, and mother of 3, Diana Spalding is thrilled to be the founder and class instructor of Gathered Birth. Diana grew up around birth (her mom is a midwife too), and has always been in absolute awe of pregnancy and birth. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Emory University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New York University. She worked as a pediatric oncology nurse in the Bronx, and then returned to NYU where she received her Master’s Degree in Midwifery. Diana had the honor of attending hundreds of births at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. After moving to Media, PA, Diana shifted her focus to teaching; she worked as a nursing school professor at Cedar Crest College, and served as a midwifery school advisor at Georgetown University. Diana has spent time conducting public health research in Costa Rica, and served as a chairperson for the American College of Nurse-Midwives Global Health Division. Her most treasured roles are as the mother of 3 young children, and partner to her husband, all of whom amaze, surprise, and inspire her every day.