Birth India is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in 2011 to support families and the community in seeking and selecting skilled, respectful care providers for women during their birthing year.
THE WORKING TEAM
Ruth founded Birth India, in 2006. After two avoidable and unnecessary caesarean surgeries, Ruth’s traumatic birth experiences motivated her to start Birth India.
A Postgraduate in International Health, a trained doula and hypnobirthing practitioner, with 14 years of experience supporting women to make informed choices in pregnancy and childbirth. Mum to 14-year-old Jai and 10-year-old Sophia. An Australian national, Ruth has lived in India since 1996 both in New Delhi, and Mumbai. Ruth Malik is currently the education manager at Medela India.
Tina Nandi Stephens
Tina is a professional photographer at Born in Bombay and part-time dabbler in Graphic and Web Design. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Sophia College in 2010 and went on to do many things completely unrelated to her field of education. Sometime in 2014, after meeting a friend who was planning to have a homebirth, she became consumed by all things related to birth and read voraciously every birth related book she could get her hands on. In her quest, she stumbled upon Birth India and decided to lend her skills to come along the organisation’s work in bringing evidence-based information about conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding to families in India.
Service Directory Manager
Shivani is a Mother, Birth Activist, HypnoBirthing Practitioner and an EmbodyBirth – Belly Dance for Birth Facilitator. Birth India community was instrumental in supporting her for her two gentle, natural births, which inspired her to leave her corporate career in 2009 and start extending support to pregnant families. She firmly believes that women should stand up for themselves and direct the course of their lives, especially during pregnancy and birth.
Yoga, Waldorf education, travelling are few of the other interests which engage Shivani.
Lina is a British citizen and she has an American Diploma of Midwifery and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). In 2007 when she first moved to India and set up a private company, Lina attended the inauguration conference of Birth India. Her company, Justlink Health Services India Pvt. Ltd (more familiarly known as Mumbai Midwives provided midwifery and doula services in Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik. She and her colleagues worked in collaboration with local obstetricians and facilitated midwifery support in hospitals, homebirth, and waterbirth. In addition, they also advocated for vulnerable families to access care in the Government system and offered free support in the perinatal period including pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding, and family planning. Lina has relocated to London, UK to upgrade her midwifery qualifications. Her current role in Birth India is as an assistant to Tina Nandi for Social Media and assistant to Zoe Quinn for the blog.
Print Media Manager
Subarna did her Sociology major from Presidency College, Kolkata before working as a journalist in various publications. Her stint as a feature writer for Mother and Baby magazine led her to become an empathetic listener of birth stories of mums across India. Subarna’s commitment to women’s reproductive rights movement strengthened with her association with Birth India. She is currently an active board member with a focus on advocacy, project planning and fundraising.
Subarna revisited academics with a post graduation in Women’s Studies and did her dissertation on women’s experiences of childbirth. She is now pursuing a PhD in the same subject and has presented papers in international conferences to highlight the importance of listening to women’s voices in maternity care.
Subarna lives in Mumbai with her husband Indranil, children Shruti and Ishaat, and naughty cocker spaniel, Lenin.
Print Media Manager
Zoe is an American who landed in India the beginning of 2013. She soon was married to an Indian man and then had their first child in 2014. Her birth experience was so profound and beautiful, she became an instant advocate for natural birth and has been working towards becoming a midwife since.
She was particularly shaken up by some of the experiences of women she witnessed in a government hospital. The outright lack of respect for the woman, the baby, and the birth process was shocking. These experiences have inspired her to work towards the betterment of maternity care practices in India. She believes a key strategy to improve maternity care in India is to re-integrate, re-value, and re-train midwives in India.
Zoe is also working towards becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator to help promote normal birth and healthy birth practices. She is also interested in the indigenous/traditional birth practices in India and loves talking to the older women in the village she lives in about their experiences of birth.
Print Media Manager
Neha is a storyteller who believes that people around the world have an innate desire to dream, share and express. She is passionate about birth photography and filmmaking. She likes to have conversations, create stories and blog her experiences. She is a Psychology graduate with Masters in Indian Culture and alumna of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
After becoming a mother, Neha’s interest in sustainable and alternative lifestyle deepened. She likes to live in green spaces while mixing minimalism with a bit of her bohemian spirit.
THE MANAGING COMMITTEE
DIVYA DESWAL, PRESIDENT (BLD – CBI, HBCE, HBFP, BCST, B.O.N.D university and UMN) | RITA THEOBALD, TREASURER (B. Com. Chartered Accountant) | ZIA NATH, SECRETARY (LD – CBI, HBCE, HBFP, BCST, B.O.N.D university and UMN)) | DR. AMEET DHURANDHAR, MEMBER (MBBS, DGO,MD) | EFFATH YASMIN, MEMBER (MA, HDSE, CLEC(USA), IBCLC, BCST (ICSB, SWISS)) | SUBARNA GHOSH, MEMBER (Post graduate in women’s studies from SNDT Women’s University) | PRIYANKA NANDI, MEMBER (BA Sociology)