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B.O.N.D. (Birthing Options Nanaimo and District) fonds
B.O.N.D. (Birthing Options Nanaimo and District) fonds [textual record, graphic material]. -- 1986-1995.
13 cm of textual records
4 photographs : col.

BOND was formed in April 1986 as a consumer group dedicated to improving health care for child-bearing women and their families. They advocated for a woman's right to choose her birth attendant and place of birth, or “for a woman to be able to decide where, how and with whom she would labour and give birth”. BOND was dedicated towards promoting education about the principles of natural childbirth. They were determined to change the practices and policies around childbirth at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Two members of BOND sat on the NRGH peri-natal advisory committee in May and June of 1987 to study and reform policies relating to maternity care at the hospital. The report and recommendations of the committee were approved and the hospital implemented changes as a result. In addition to their advocacy work and providing the public information on birth options and resources available to them in the area, BOND also held birth preparation classes. Their work was assisted by a board of consultants consisting of two General Practitioners, two Public Health Nurses, one Obstetrician, one Lactation Consultant, one maternity floor Registered Nurse, a registered nurse Diploma Instructor, two Nutritionists, one community health representative and the director of the Nanaimo Family Life Association. Founding members include: Beverley Short, Zoe Cope, Sandy Pollard, Kathy Fraser, and Leila Tremblay. BOND dissolved May 13, 1995, stating in their final newsletter that the group's original focus and goals no longer fit with the social and medical context of Nanaimo in the 1990s.

Fonds consists of records generated and accumulated by the organization. Fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Constitution and Bylaws 2) Minutes 3) Correspondence 4) Newsletters and 5) Miscellaneous.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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