Community Support & Education
If you are seeking pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth or postpartum support, we are your village!
BHBN is a membership-driven, non-profit organization. We help connect families to our vast network of Professional Members and offer free education to the public through those Professional Members. We believe that through education & support, families can be empowered to make well-informed decisions for themselves.
If your work lies anywhere near the pregnancy or birth & postpartum space we invite you to check out our professional membership opportunities.
We bring support to our community by providing members with a listing on our website, a promotional material display at all community events, opportunities to share expertise, a chance to network with other professionals, and more.
To provide pregnancy, birth, and postpartum education and networking opportunities by connecting families and professionals in the Black Hills.
Black Hills Birth Network - 501(c)(3)
Even as a young girl, Cori always felt connected to her body and its natural ability to birth despite not knowing if motherhood would be her direction. After becoming pregnant 7 years ago though, she began her search for birth resources in the Black Hills area that aligned with her beliefs only to find ‘the hunt’ to come up short. While there were beautiful opportunities for support, they were not readily known. This sparked Cori’s passion to figure out a way to change this for other moms and families in the area.
Cori immersed herself in the birth community that did exist in an effort to manifest an even larger community that would bring both consumers and birth professionals together in support - a community offering resources, connections, education, and more. It is her honor to be part of the Black Hills Birth Network, working alongside so many other incredible individuals equally passionate about this work.
She lives with her family in Spearfish and is eager to create more beautiful connections in the Black Hills.
Cori can be reached at Cori@blackhillsbirthnetwork.org.
VICE PRESIDENT & EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Meredith considers herself very lucky to be an adoptive mom. After struggling to get pregnant, she and her husband became foster parents and eventually adopted two crazy awesome boys. Previously a high school physics teacher, Meredith shifted her focus to birth work and is an ICEA certified birth doula and childbirth educator with Baby Bird Birth Services. She is also involved in foster care advocacy because she is passionate about establishing strong family bonds.
She lives with her family in a multi-generational homestead with dogs, cats, horses, mules, and her beloved chickens.
As our Education Coordinator -- Meredith brings all that jazz to our free monthly meetings. If you have an idea on a topic you’d like BHBN and its Professional Members to cover, contact her today at Meredith@blackhillsbirthnetwork.org.
SECRETARY & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Natalie and her family recently began a new chapter in their lives when they relocated to the Black Hills. After a positive birth and postpartum experience in the Chicago suburbs, she quit her job, became a SAHM, graduated from business school, and moved to a new state, leaving behind a loving support network.
Natalie's experience creating a village in a new city inspired her to get involved with both BHBN and the Rapid City chapter of MOMS Club International. These organizations resonate with her passion of helping other moms-in-transition find their new normal. She is also training to become a postpartum doula.
As our Operations Manager -- there is truly not much that Natalie does not touch. Her work often goes behind the scenes but as you well know… a birth runs much smoother with a rock star doula and her rock star doula kit! Natalie is our “network doula” and is invaluable to ensuring we are able to offer you the best experience. When you see her, be sure to thank her. Natalie can be reached at Natalie@blackhillsbirthnetwork.org.
Pregnancy, birth, bellies, and babies have always been Kassie’s passion. Having given birth to her four children at home and in a hospital setting put her on the path to extensive research into healthy living and patient informed birthing. As a doula and birth assistant she has attended numerous hospital and homebirths. She owns “A Mama’s Hands Doula & Birth Services”. She is very optimistic and excited about the opportunity to help provide and expand access to birth education and the professional birthing community to our local birthing families through Black Hills Birth Network.
Kassie can be reached at Kassie@blackhillsbirthnetwork.org
Frances is a current nursing student at SDSU. After her graduation next May, she will begin working as a registered nurse at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Labor and Delivery unit. Frances considers herself extremely fortunate to work alongside women as they bring new life into the world! Frances also has a particular interest in women’s health promotion, postpartum education, and birth advocacy. She hopes to further her professional career and passions by eventually earning her master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery.
In her personal life, Frances enjoys traveling, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.
As our Marketing Administrator -- Frances keeps us hip and relevant. She has an eye for creative content and knows just how to showcase BHBN in the most amazing light! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for all the latest updates. Frances can be reached at Frances@blackhillsbirthnetwork.org.
The Birth Story of Black Hills Birth Network
Black Hills Birth Network [BHBN] was literally birthed from my personal experience in becoming a mother. I am one of the independent, "I got this all figured out," kind of women. When pregnancy came my way, I was a bit scared but quickly embraced the next chapter of my life.
My pregnancy was awesome - I seemed to know exactly what to do! Rest, eat good food, and find adorable maternity outfits. Easy, right? Then our son joined us earthside, and I will never forget the moment that he was placed upon my chest. It was, and still remains, one of the most terrifying moments of my life. I kept thinking, "Can someone put him back in? I knew what to do then."
I was full of anxiety as I ventured into this new territory. I thought I was prepared, but again, that had all been on my own, "I got this all figured out" terms. I had an incredibly supportive husband, and it was only through a supportive network of birth professionals, including my midwife, chiropractors, and lactation consultants that I was able to step into motherhood with vulnerability and strength. What took me six months to learn was that all mothers need support, and I vowed to do what I could to help bring that support front and center.
What I have also learned is that creating this space requires great support as well, and I am forever grateful to our co-founding & current board members. These women are so passionate about this mission and have worked so hard to help carry this dream.
BHBN is about empowering women through compassion, connection, and education. In a world full of trying to "make our own way," we have lost sight of what it means to truly support one another. The goal of BHBN is to bring this space of nurturing and love back, in person and up close. We seek to create a space for women and their families to share in the most transformational and most vulnerable thing we can embark upon, parenthood. We also seek to create a supportive and collaborative space for the many local professionals working towards the same mission.
We are so excited about the launch of this, our very first community Resource Guide! We have big plans for the future of BHBN, and with hearts wide open, we say, "Thank YOU for your support!"
President Black Hills Birth Network, Inc