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October 2021: Central Coast Childbirth Network Newsletter

We are always so thankful to connect with YOU, our CCCN Members and local community members.


Hello Central Coast!

This past month we have a lot of amazing events and announcements lined up for the rest of the year and we are excited to share with all of you. We hosted our most attended event series this Summer and just announc Fall Professionals Event Series. Our Board of Directors met last month and reflected on 2021 and made great strides in creating a larger vision for programs in 2022. CCCN had its first in-person booth at a local community event that had a successful outreach. We look forward to more in-person connections with you.

We've continued to connect with impactful community partners, and we've had a tremendous amount of support these past few months from our internship program. This month topics such as bereavement support will be the main focus of our informative content. We understand this content is sensitive and we will provide content warnings as necessary. If you have a topic you are passionate about, specialize in, or want to learn more about, send us a message!

"Hope is an embrace of the unknown." -Rebecca Solnit


Wow! What a fun CCCN Member and Community event. Cooking with Kendra was the most attended event series. Congratulations to our community member event Giveaway Winner Natalia Mendez. Thank you to Kendra Aronson, owner of Pregnant & Hungry for partnering with us. Thank you to Alexandra Klein, CCCN Board of Director for co-hosting the amazing cooking videos. A big thank you to the following businesses who made this giveaway possible: California Fresh Market, Donated Items from Seeds Family Childcare, and Zabrina Cox LLC.


Are you a Birth and Wellness Professional, local community establishing, or established business owner looking to assess professional or personal Vision, Values 2021? Join us for our last Professional Event Series! Build Resiliency in the Midst of Change Presented by Carrie Asuncion with Keys To Empowerment on December 2, 2021, from 5-6 PM PST via ZOOM. Register here to learn more. RSVP by 12/1


Our booth at the Spotted Whale event on Friday and Saturday, September 24th & 25th was a hit! It was incredible to attend one of the first in-person events where we got to interact and connect with people in the community in need of a variety of community resources. We cannot wait to be at more events like Spotted Whale in the future and make connections with the community!


CCCN is excited to have a booth at Tiana's "Mardi Gras" Princess Ball on Saturday, October 23! We cannot wait to be in person and connecting with the community at this event. Buy your tickets soon, as there is limited availability! Click here to get your tickets!!


We are excited to announce September New and Renewed CCCN Membership. Click on the image to learn more.

Please help us welcome:

  • The Pure Rose Collective

  • 5 Elements Pelvic Health and Women's Physical Therapy


Whether you are a new parent or birth and wellness professional, you will want to stay connected with helpful resources on our community calendar. For more upcoming events, check out our community calendar. Do you have an event you want to share? Please submit your event info here.


CCCN is excited to welcome two new CCCN Interns this Fall!! They have already begun to make meaningful community connections throughout the Central Coast. Keep reading to learn more about these wonderful interns.

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan Jamati and I am a fourth-year at Cal Poly SLO. I am majoring in Child Development and minoring in Psychology. I am also on the Prehealth track in the hopes of obtaining my Master’s in Nursing post-graduation! I am from the East Bay but have found myself loving so much about the central coast. I am so grateful to be an intern for the CCCN this upcoming fall and am excited to continue building connections between our health professionals and the community. I hope to build on my current knowledge about maternity health to better help and serve those in our own backyards. My goal for the future is to become an L&D or NICU nurse one day and I believe this internship will be a great learning opportunity. Thank you!

Hi!! My name is Megan Fisher and I am a fourth-year at Cal Poly SLO majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Development. I am so excited to be working with CCCN and gaining this incredible experience in the childbirth world. When I changed my major to Psychology, I had the idea of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, but as I took more classes and my interests expanded. I knew I needed to explore the possibilities of childbirth/care in my future. What originally drew me to CCCN, was being able to connect with doulas in the community, but now I am fascinated by the multitude of opportunities and professions in the childbirth/care world. My goal for this internship is to leave with a greater understanding of what I want in my future and possibly find a niche for myself in the childbirth profession!

Thank you to CCCN Members and local businesses for providing shadowing opporutnites for CCCN Interns: Tamra Winfeld- Childbirth Educator/French Hospital, Dr. Daniel Bronstein of Beacon Chiropractic, and Jennifer Stover of Moving Toward Ease & Labor of Love


Read recent informative content on the CCCN Blog on topics from preconception throughout the first year of parenting:


CCCN Coffee Connection was joined by two guest speakers, Ashley Daoust, CBD and Jennifer Rogez, ACSW & PMH-C who guided us through conversations, resources, and support surrounding the topic of grief in pregnancy and infant loss.


"Perinatal loss occurs in. almost 2 million women a year."

"There is a stillbirth every 21 minutes in the United States."

"10-25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage."

Resources highlighted during this month coffee connection:

Local Bereavement support in the CCCN Member Provider Directory

Community bereavement boxes are available to families or providers by request at no cost. You can reach CCCN Members Alex Porter, Ashley Daoust or Zabrina for more information.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) also offers support groups for Loss & Grief in Pregnancy and Postpartum.

If you, a friend, family or loved one has experienced loss please know that here at CCCN you are not alone. We see you. We honor you. Please join CCCN via Instagram on October 15th at 7pm as we share our candle and light of hope with all of you on our IG page.


The CCCN Board of Directors and CCCN Members are excited to attend the South County Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 14th. Stay tuned for pictures!


Please join us in welcoming Natalia Mendez who was recently appointed as CCCN Board of Director.

"My current role is Family Services Coordinator at Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County and Serving the Board as a Board of Director. My ultimate goal is to be in the service of others. My biggest achievement is to be the mother to my five biological and adoptive child."- Natalia

"Natalia joined the most recent Board retreat with new ideas and motivation to make a lasting impact for parents and families on the Central Coast. We are already so grateful for her support and passion as she continues to make strong connections in the birth and wellness community."- Zabrina Cox, President/CEO

CCCN 2021 Board Retreat: The CCCN Board of Directors recently met for another inspiring retreat. Together, we convened to reflect on 2021 and envision another impactful year in 2022. Highlights included upcoming Board Elections for Spring 2022, in-person events, community expo and more! We look forward to sharing more announcements throughout the year. A big thank you to our supporters...This year's Board Retreat was made possible by the South County Chambers of Commerce and Children's Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County. Pictured left to right: Cheryl Wakefield (Vice-President), Zabrina Cox (President/CEO), Alexandra Klein, Susannah Brown(Secretary, Treasurer/CFO), and Natalia Mendez.

To learn more about the CCCN Board of Directors, please visit our updated BOD webpage to learn more. Interested in serving your community with our local non-profit? Join our Board! We are excited to hear from you!

We are grateful for the support from past Board of Directors who have been instrumental in the Mission, Vision and Programs of CCCN: Thank you for your service Mckayla Rodriguez, Brittany Randolph, Karla Wenger, Lindsey Faucette, and Michelle Graham.


Did you know we highlight Awareness Months, Weeks and Days on topics from preconception through the first year of parenting? Yes, we do each month! These are great to add to your social media calendar or learn something thing new.

Check out CCCN's New blog post HERE for more information.

Made possible in collaboration with Morgan Jamati, CCCN Intern. We greatly appreciate your support!

Do you know of any other important Awareness days or months for October? Please share in the comments. For more resources and support visit


We are excited to announce that CCCN has an Amazon Wishlist. Learn more about our wishlist and how you can help!

Current requests: Printer, Ink, Copy Paper, Envelopes, Binders, Dividers

We always welcome donations of new items that are birth and wellness related or items of appreciation that could be used to thank our speakers, interns, volunteers, for giveaways, or if we see a community or professional need.

If you or your business would like to make a tax-deductible donation of items/goods/services we would appreciate it!

Know someone who can support one of our needs? Please reach out, as we try to keep our costs to a minimum so we can focus on high-impact programming.


Local Community Resources for parents and birth and wellness providers:

  • The B.R.A.I.N.E.D. infographic is printed and available to CCCN Members. Local businesses or organizations, please inquire. Available in both English and Spanish. Contact: to request more.


Local Resources for business support


Latest COVID-19 resources by county

SB County

Health Care Professionals and anyone entering the hospital setting, including birthing families and partners, please note the more recent State Office Public Health Order from the CA Department of Health regarding Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings. Please read the following order for more information here. At this time, it is important to phone your local hospitals or birth setting for the most up-to-date visitor policies.


Click on the links below to read our previous Newsletters.











All of us serve our community every day. Let's serve together with smiles, laughter, and heartwork. "Heartwork. Your purpose. Your art. Will land in the hears it's meant to. You won't be for everyone, but you are for someone. And to that someone, what you have to give matters. and that's the beginning of everything." - Danielle Doby With Gratitude, The CCCN Team Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

Is there anything you would like shared in our newsletter? We are happy to share any business/professional accomplishments or news updates. Please email Zabrina at

*Due to COVID-19, our programs and services have changed drastically. In order to continue to provide support, education, and resources to the birth and wellness community on the Central Coast, we rely on funding through donations and CCCN membership. Any monetary donation is always appreciated and tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!

Mission: To provide a diverse network of birth and wellness professionals who are committed to inform, educate, and advocate for the individual needs of Central Coast families from preconception through the first year of parenting.

Newsletter made possible by:

Megan Fisher, CCCN Intern

Zabrina Cox, CCCN Director

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