Doula practice sponsors Breastmilk fundraiser

Main Line Doulas is co-sponsoring film screening in Phoenixville on April 5th, 2014 of Breastmilk, The Movie to raise funds for The Birth Center's three breastfeeding support groups.

March 17th, 2014 Merion Station, PA. Philadelphia area childbirth coach doula practice, Main Line Doulas to sponsor fundraising charity event screening of the film Breastmilk The Movie. The purpose is to raise funds for a free local breastfeeding support group run by The Birth Center located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  This support group provides the community with three locations in the greater Philadelphia area. The groups are facilitated by Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant Patty Siegrist and are open to all breastfeeding mothers. For questions about support groups contact Patty at 610-525-6106 or

This breastfeeding group has been a staple support group in the Philadelphia area since 2007.  Patty Siegrist has been supporting breastfeeding mothers at The Birth Center for almost 20 years. She has served hundreds of women, contributing to the overall wellness in our communities.

 Siegrist said,

“Breast milk is the best gift parents can give their baby. Breast feeding isn't always easy. Mother-baby support groups allow women to connect and share the ups and downs of breast feeding so the benefits of breast milk for baby, mother, and family may go on for a lifetime.”

The purpose of this event is to raise money to continue to run the free women's support group. Main Line Doulas wanted to contribute to this important event. Main Line Doulas is the Philadelphia areas largest doula practice, providing  innovative birth and postpartum doula services to families during the pregnancy, birth and the newborn stage. More information about their pregnancy and newborn services can be found at

Main Line Doulas Founder Aliza Bancoff said,

"When I heard that The Birth Center Breastfeeding support group needed support from local businesses, I immediately wanted to help out in some way and was excited when this idea of a film screening was presented to me. At Main Line Doulas, our primary mission is supporting new moms in our community during the transitions of pregnancy, birth and the newborn period. So supporting this event was a no-brainer for us."

The event will be a screening of the new film Breastmilk The Movie, from the film producers of The Business of Being Born and will take place on April 5th, 2014 at the Phoenixville movie theater, The Colonial Theater at 10am followed by a panel discussion and silent auction.

"With unexpected humor, with an unflinching camera, with some guilt and some pain, this film takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means. We are often told that breast milk is better. Better for babies, better for mothers, better for nutrition, health, well-being, and society. Many accept this and yet there are still very few women who succeed in breastfeeding exclusively for the recommended six months and beyond. What would it take to change?”

The event was put together by two moms directly affected and supported by the group, Rachael Morris and Rosa Bolger.

When asked why Bolger wanted to put together this event, she said,

“Patty's support group has been hugely beneficial to me, it is the main reason I am able to maintain a loving and successful breastfeeding relationship with my 10 month old, Scarlet. Other than a few early problems, we are lucky that our breastfeeding journey has been relatively smooth, but Patty and the other mothers have not only given me support, but knowledge, love, and confidence as a mother. What could be more important than that?”

The Bryn Mawr group meets every other Thursday. Support meetings are 9:30-12:00pm. Meeting location is at 1062 E Lancaster Ave. (Rosemont Plaza) Room 20.

The West Philadelphia Group meets every other Wednesday from 10am-12pm. The group is held at Studio 34 at 4522 Baltimore Ave.

The Phoenixville group meets every other Friday from 10-12. The location is at St. John's Lutheran Church in the "Fireside Room." Address: 355 St. John's Cir, Phoenixville.

Aliza Bancoff, Main Line Doulas