The Pinhook Presents: Labor of Love- A Benefit for WBWC
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Women’s Birth and Wellness Center announced a fundraising concert to be held at Haw River Ballroom on Saturday, December 13, 2019. The concert will be hosted by Vivica C. Coxx and includes a DJ set by Sylvan Esso, as well as performances by Emily Frantz (of Mandolin Orange) with Big Fat Gap, Kamara Thomas, Loamlands, Molly Sarlé, Katharine Whalen, and Rissi Palmer. All musicians have generously donated their time, and all proceeds will directly benefit WBWC’s patient care services. The event is produced by The Pinhook and will kick-off WBWC’s 25th year in operation.
“This event is especially meaningful to us because it springs directly from the clients we serve,” said Wendy Fields, Nurse Practitioner at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. “The care that we provide is special. We treat people with dignity, respect, and individualized care. People tell me every day that they’ve never experienced health care like this before, and they want to support it and make it accessible to others. Clients came to us and said, ‘This place is incredible. How can we support it?’ That desire has led to this amazing event, which brings together some of the best musicians in the area and will have a tremendous impact on our ability to serve the community.”
NC’s Oldest Freestanding Birth Center meets Gender-Affirming Care
Women’s Birth and Wellness Center was NC’s first not-for-profit independent free-standing birth center. Founded in 1995 by Maureen Darcey, CNM (who retired last year after being awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine in recognition of her service to North Carolina), and staffed by a team of certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners, as well as lactation consultants and nurses, WBWC provides gynecologic, prenatal, birth, postpartum and lactation services for low-risk patients. In recent years, they have also expanded their services in primary care and are now bringing the midwifery model of care (which focuses on holistic, relationship- based care) to serve women, transgender, and gender non-conforming patients from puberty through menopause and beyond. They are proud to provide gender-affirming care for adult patients as well as family planning and sexual healthcare for the LGBTQIA community.
“I’m so thankful for The Birth Center and the gender affirming space they create,” says Kym Register, owner of The Pinhook and producer of the event. “I identify as nonbinary and have struggled to feel safe and comfortable being open in health care spaces. Because of their work, I’m able to get the care I need and ask the questions that I have in a super supportive / affirming environment. So so thankful!”
Haw River Ballroom
1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Rd.
Saxapahaw, NC, 27340