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.
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.
Social 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.
Jeni has been fascinated with birth from a young age and, when she came to India several years ago for her husband’s job, she thought she was putting her aspirations towards birth work on hold. Little did she know, she would soon get in touch with India’s first doula and be mentored by her into doula and lactation work.
Jeni has a background in international development and community health and is passionate about seeing women and families from all socio-economic backgrounds supported with evidence-based, holistic and compassionate care throughout the childbearing years. Her own experience of birthing her daughter at home 19 months ago further solidified her conviction that continuous, compassionate support is vital for a positive birth experience.
After attending several deeply distressing births and hearing story after story of traumatic birth experiences of women from all walks of life in India, she counts it a privilege to come alongside Birth India’s vision of supporting families and eradicating the abuses women face at the time of birth.
Rita had a home birth in 2002 with the help of a traditional midwife (dai). She has been working with Birth India since 2007 as a Treasurer. Helping Birth India manage accounts and finances. She is a vegan, passionate about travelling, music, yoga and natural health.
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.
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.
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)