An architectural jewel that stands out like a shimmering oasis in the midst of urban Miami.
The Little Haiti Cultural Center is part of a multimillion-dollar cultural complex designed by prominent Miami architect Bernard Zyscovich. It boasts a capacious black box theater, dance rehearsal spaces, community classrooms, computer workrooms, and a sprawling outdoor esplanade with comfortable seating, a vibrant mural, and a stage for alfresco performances in an area surrounded by swaying palm trees. The center is located at 212-260 NE 59th Terrace in Miami, FL 33137.
I attended the first VBAC Summit a week after the birth of my third child-a VBAC after two cesareans. For me it was a celebration of what we had just accomplished but it was also confirmation that our experience didn't have to be the exception. I wanted to go and support this effort to educate, inform and give hope to other women who had been told they had no choice in how they gave birth. I wanted to be there to show someone else, someone who was just starting on the path to their own VBAC, that it is possible. I'm so glad the VBAC Summit is in it's third year and thankful for the information and resources that it gives to women who want to be able to make decisions about how they give birth. My VBAC was so life changing and I was truly blessed to have some of the amazing women behind the VBAC Summit there to support me.
Yomari Cruz Dewesse / Miami Shores, FL
The moment our daughter was taken away from us after our Cesarean delivery 3 ½ years ago, I decided if we ever had another child, I would attempt a vaginal birth. Armed with hope and determination, I found this organization, Project Motherpath. They not only provided me with all the emotional support I needed, but also gave me tools to educate myself and my loved ones, who were at times nervous and skeptical about the safety of a VBAC. The single most important thing I did during my subsequent pregnancy was attending the 2011 VBAC Summit. It was simply amazing! I left the summit loaded with information and courage. I was able to prove to my mother, who had three C-sections for no reason other than she had had one with her first baby, that this was the best and safest choice for me and my baby. My mother went on to be present at the birth of her grandson, Milo, on April 10, 2011, alongside my husband and wonderful doula. I will forever be grateful for our beautiful birth experience!
Kristen Nelson Sella / Tallahassee, FL
When I went to the VBAC Summit in February of 2011, I was about 35 weeks pregnant. I was planning a VBAC with my second child. My first was a scheduled cesarean in S. Florida for a "big baby" at 9lb8oz and I was never even given a chance to labor. Right before the VBAC Summit I had just had a consultation and sonagram at 32 weeks to be able to have a homebirth. Well, that sonagram was estimating my baby to be large again in spite of eating a very healthy diet, exercising, and gaining a minimal amount of weight. I was feeling very frustrated. The VBAC summit was just what I needed. Besides seeing some old friends and making some new ones the presentations were excellent. It was helpful to have an OB (Dr. Magloire) talk frankly about the risks of cesarean vs. the risks of a VBAC for the mother and to hear about the risks of a cesarean for the infant from Dr. Pearson. Most of the lay people in my life were acting as if wanting a VBAC was all about the experience and not a careful decision that my husband and I made about the health of myself and my baby. To hear this information from professionals was a nice way to counteract those beliefs.
Leaving the Summit I felt refreshed and energized and ready to put up with all the challenges that planning a vbac entails. And thank goodness because I still had quite the fight ahead of me (including risking out at 38 weeks for an estimated 11 pound baby, finding out that no doctors in my area would even take me on as a patient unless I didn't automatically agree to a cesarean, and finally a three hour drive after my water broke to a have a chance to labor for a vaginal birth). I know that during that labor lots of people from the VBAC Summit and all over the state were cheering me on, I could feel it. As it was my 10lb7oz baby was eventually born by cesarean, but this time at least I felt like I didn't give up without putting up a fight.
Thank you VBAC Summit!