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Everyday Birth Magazine Spring/Summer 2024

Disrupt the weathering effects of inequity with our magazine of inclusive pregnancy, birth + postpartum education + storytelling.

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Everyday Birth Magazine is a biannual print and digital magazine for parents, showcasing real-life hospital, birth center, and home birth stories, highlighting a diverse array of care providers, as well as educational content written by professionals. Our mission is deeply rooted in inclusivity and representation, echoing the values of our parent organization, The Educated Birth.

THE PROBLEM WE SOLVE

There is a representation problem in childbirth and parenting education + media — actually, run that back — there is a representation problem in the US in general. Actress, writer, and producer Issa Rae was recently quoted amplifying this issue — shedding light on how even in 2024, even in the highest levels of the media industry, there’s an absence of commitment to representation and diversity.

 

During my seven-year journey as a birth worker and educator, it’s become increasingly clear to me that there’s a real connection between gaps in our healthcare system that create outcomes like the high Black maternal mortality rate and the quality of the materials that are available to parents and professionals to inform, educate, and empower throughout the reproductive health experience.

 

 

While representation in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care doesn’t fix all of our problems, it is a VITAL part of an equitable system of care. Our commitment to representation isn't just “nice”  — it’s “necessary!” to foster equity and empowerment. Testimonials from our community affirm the profound impact of our work:

 

 

And that’s not all! Beyond our magazine's content, we actively promote and propel representation in the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum space through various initiatives:

 

  • Everyday Birth Photo Contest: Twice a year, we award and showcase the work of talented photographers who have documented pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. We intentionally curate a diverse panel of judges overseeing the selections, and invite a diverse selection of photographers to submit – receiving 100’s of submissions/resulting in…
  • BIPOC-Owned/Led Donation Sites: Following each issue's release, we donate copies of our magazine to up to 50 BIPOC-owned/led birth centers and reproductive health organizations across the US. to blank blank while expanding our reach…

 

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW

Every issue of Everyday Birth Magazine is funded by subscribers who contribute throughout the year, and sponsors who place ads with us either digitally and/or in print.

 

As we gear up for our Spring/Summer 2024 issue, our Founder and Executive Editor, Cheyenne, is also preparing to welcome her second child. Your contributions are crucial in ensuring the seamless production of our upcoming issue, allowing Cheyenne and her dedicated team to embrace her early postpartum period with peace of mind, and re-enter the office to put the finishing touches on the issue + get it out to all subscribers, sponsors, and donor sites.

 

Mary Otañez Photography @maryotanezphotography 

 

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

Funds raised will directly support the printing and packaging, shipping and distribution marketing and promotion as well as other expenses associated with our Spring/Summer 2024 issue. Any surplus funds may also be allocated towards our Fall/Winter 2024 publication.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR FOUNDER + TEAM

Cheyenne is a certified birth and postpartum doula and founder of The Educated Birth, and Everyday Birth Magazine. She has developed hundreds of industry-changing illustrations and teaching tools for reproductive health professionals that are used today throughout the US and internationally.

 

Her work has been used and/or featured by organizations including Babylist, Doula Trainings International, Birthing Advocacy Doula Training, The Birth Place Lab, Common Sense Childbirth, Inc, Hypnobabies, and more. Her core mission revolves around transforming the narratives surrounding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to make them more realistic, individualized, and inclusive. In 2023, her services to parents through The Educated Birth became recognized as an Official Perinatal Safe Spot by Common Sense Childbirth's National Perinatal Task Force.

 

Our team also includes Janice Formichella, our associate editor, Ruth Guerra, our marketing consultant and Keia Alexis, our community coordinator, the many wonderful photographers and writers who join us as contributors to each issue, and the founding team members who first helped bring this publication to light.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you — for your time, consideration — and if you're able — much appreciated contribution!!

 

With gratitude and love,

Cheyenne + The Educated Birth Team

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

How long has Everyday Birth Magazine been around?

Since 2018!

What's Everyday Birth Magazine's birth story?

Everyday Birth Magazine began — a seed of an idea — when founder and editor Cheyenne Varner sat in her OB/GYN office waiting for an appointment, early Fall of 2017. Cheyenne had been a doula for a little over a year at that point and had already started The Educated Birth, a collection of inclusive birth education materials for birth workers. Sitting in that chair, waiting as everyone does in their doctors' offices, she thumbed through the magazines provided and had that same sense of discontent that she felt when searching for inclusive birth education materials. "I don't see myself here," she thought.

Later that season, Cheyenne met Sarah Choi. Sarah was Cheyenne's first postpartum support client. As they chatted in-between caring for Sarah's son, Max, and attending to Sarah's rest, hydration — all the good things that support healing and a healthy postpartum experience — Cheyenne's idea for a magazine was revealed. "It should come out by mother's day," Sarah said.  She was on board.

From there, a team of all POC folks assembled. DeAudrea Rich offered photography. Virginia Strobach created custom illustrations for the cover and several articles. Maria Oya X offered insight into inclusivity, guidance to ensure that all parents would really be spoken to, seen, and welcomed by our content. The first issue of Everyday Birth Magazine dropped Spring/Summer of 2018.

How can I become a subscriber?

I'm glad you asked! Visit www.everydaybirth.com/subscribe and join us as a digital subscriber at $4/month or $40/year, as a print + digital subscriber at $5/month or $50/year, a waiting room subscriber at $15/month or $150/year.

Has there been any press on Everyday Birth Magazine?

We’ve had the pleasure and honor of having partners publish articles about and/or help spread our content through their outlets.

Where is Everyday Birth Magazine going?

The future of Everyday Birth Magazine is a deepening and widening of what it means to be inclusive toward parents and families in the birth world. It's continuing to intentionally center the images and stories of parents of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people of many body sizes, and more.

The future of Everyday Birth Magazine is striving to remain attune and relevant to what's going on in the world and in reproductive health and justice.

The future of Everyday Birth Magazine is landing in every waiting room, every community space, and on every doorstep that's looking for more stories and more education on pregnancy, birth, postpartum — and honestly, even more areas of reproductive health and family life!

The future of Everyday Birth Magazine is the growth of our team. We hope to bring on more birth workers and more folks committed to inclusion and justice to support the ideation, production, packaging, and delivery of more magazines.

The future of Everyday Birth Magazine is continuing to redistribute. We want to do more fundraiser kick-offs like our campaign with the National Black Midwives Alliance. As we grow and become more sustainable ourselves, we believe that should overflow abundantly into our community.

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EVERYDAY SUPPORTER

Receive digital access to both 2023 issues, available as digital downloads, and a shoutout on our social media platform!

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25.00 USD
EVERYDAY FRIEND (MAGS + STICKERS)

Receive print copies of both 2023 issues (a total of 2 magazines) delivered right to your doorstep, with shipping included! Plus, as a special bonus, an exclusive sticker sheet featuring inclusive artwork from The Educated Birth! 

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50.00 USD
EVERYDAY BESTIE (MAGS + POSTCARD)

Enjoy print copies of both our 2022 and 2023 issues (a total of 4 magazines). Plus an exclusive, signed postcard featuring stunning artwork from Carmen Bridgewater, an awarded photographer from Everyday Birth Photo Contest, and signed by executive editor Cheyenne!

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100.00 USD
EVERYDAY MYSTERY BOX (MAGS + KEYCHAIN)

Receive a special collection of 6 print copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues (a total of 6 magazines). And — there’s more! — an exclusive keychain featuring illustrations from The Educated Birth!

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150.00 USD
VIRTUAL NESTING WORKSHOP WITH CHEYENNE

Join executive editor Cheyenne for a one-hour Virtual Nesting workshop! Dive into Cheyenne's favorite materials, birth bag essentials, and postpartum home prep tips — with elements of her childbirth education (CBE) course woven throughout. There will be plenty of time for Q+A, too! Perfect for parents-to-be or birth professionals looking to enhance their knowledge!

Jess Koehler Photo @jesskoehlerphoto 

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300.00 USD
I WANT IT ALL!

Some of everything we’re offering:

  • Digital access to 2023 issues
  • A special collection of 6 print copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues
  • An exclusive sticker sheet of The Educated Birth illustrations
  • A postcard featuring stunning artwork from Carmen Bridgewater, an awarded photographer from Everyday Birth Photo Contest, and signed by executive editor Cheyenne
  • An exclusive keychain featuring illustrations from The Educated Birth
  • Registration for executive editor Cheyenne’s one-our Virtual Nesting Workshop
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EVERYDAY DIGITAL MAGAZINE AD

Receive 15 printed copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues, along with a digital advertisement in our Spring/Summer 2024 issue! Not only reaching our nearly 200 subscribers + over 40 donation sites, but also our online following of over 43k! We will be in touch to discuss details of your ad package!

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750.00 USD
EVERYDAY DIGITAL + PRINT MAGAZINE AD

Receive 15 printed copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues, along with digital + print advertisement in our Spring/Summer 2024 issue! Not only reaching our nearly 200 subscribers + over 40 donation sites, but also our online following of over 43k! We will be in touch to discuss details of your ad package!

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5,000.00 USD
EVERYDAY ANGEL SUPPORTER

Become an Angel supporter and receive special recognition for your generous contribution to Everyday Birth Magazine's mission of promoting diversity and inclusivity in childbirth and parenting education. Thank you for your invaluable support and we will be in touch to see how we can best thank you for your incredible support!

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15.00 USD
EVERYDAY SUPPORTER

Receive digital access to both 2023 issues, available as digital downloads, and a shoutout on our social media platform!

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25.00 USD
EVERYDAY FRIEND (MAGS + STICKERS)

Receive print copies of both 2023 issues (a total of 2 magazines) delivered right to your doorstep, with shipping included! Plus, as a special bonus, an exclusive sticker sheet featuring inclusive artwork from The Educated Birth! 

4 Supporters
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50.00 USD
EVERYDAY BESTIE (MAGS + POSTCARD)

Enjoy print copies of both our 2022 and 2023 issues (a total of 4 magazines). Plus an exclusive, signed postcard featuring stunning artwork from Carmen Bridgewater, an awarded photographer from Everyday Birth Photo Contest, and signed by executive editor Cheyenne!

1 Supporter
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100.00 USD
EVERYDAY MYSTERY BOX (MAGS + KEYCHAIN)

Receive a special collection of 6 print copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues (a total of 6 magazines). And — there’s more! — an exclusive keychain featuring illustrations from The Educated Birth!

2 Supporters
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150.00 USD
VIRTUAL NESTING WORKSHOP WITH CHEYENNE

Join executive editor Cheyenne for a one-hour Virtual Nesting workshop! Dive into Cheyenne's favorite materials, birth bag essentials, and postpartum home prep tips — with elements of her childbirth education (CBE) course woven throughout. There will be plenty of time for Q+A, too! Perfect for parents-to-be or birth professionals looking to enhance their knowledge!

Jess Koehler Photo @jesskoehlerphoto 

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300.00 USD
I WANT IT ALL!

Some of everything we’re offering:

  • Digital access to 2023 issues
  • A special collection of 6 print copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues
  • An exclusive sticker sheet of The Educated Birth illustrations
  • A postcard featuring stunning artwork from Carmen Bridgewater, an awarded photographer from Everyday Birth Photo Contest, and signed by executive editor Cheyenne
  • An exclusive keychain featuring illustrations from The Educated Birth
  • Registration for executive editor Cheyenne’s one-our Virtual Nesting Workshop
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650.00 USD
EVERYDAY DIGITAL MAGAZINE AD

Receive 15 printed copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues, along with a digital advertisement in our Spring/Summer 2024 issue! Not only reaching our nearly 200 subscribers + over 40 donation sites, but also our online following of over 43k! We will be in touch to discuss details of your ad package!

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750.00 USD
EVERYDAY DIGITAL + PRINT MAGAZINE AD

Receive 15 printed copies from our catalog of 2019-2023 issues, along with digital + print advertisement in our Spring/Summer 2024 issue! Not only reaching our nearly 200 subscribers + over 40 donation sites, but also our online following of over 43k! We will be in touch to discuss details of your ad package!

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5,000.00 USD
EVERYDAY ANGEL SUPPORTER

Become an Angel supporter and receive special recognition for your generous contribution to Everyday Birth Magazine's mission of promoting diversity and inclusivity in childbirth and parenting education. Thank you for your invaluable support and we will be in touch to see how we can best thank you for your incredible support!

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