Birth centers lose a big voice… Amy Polk missed

I recieved this email this am:

The following occurred at 10:30 in the morning, and was caused by a drunk driver:

Amy Polk, 42, of Takoma Park, Md. died yesterday (April 29, 2010) in a pedestrian accident in downtown Washington DC.

Her husband, John Robinette, said Amy was a vital part of her neighborhood and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring,

Next to spending time with her two sons – Adam, 7, and Bryan, 4 –Amy was a tireless advocate for expanding women’s access to midwifery care across the state. She was leading the effort to open the Seasons of Life Women’s Health and Birth Center in Takoma Park, a center devoted to providing health care for women before, during and after childbirth.

“Amy was a beautiful wife and mother. She meant so many things to so many people, but the best way to remember and honor her life is to support her vision of a birth center,” said John.

Donations in memory of Amy can be sent to:

“Seasons of Life”

7224 Central Avenue

Takoma Park, MD 20912

Or made online at:

Amy leaves behind her mother, Bonnie Becker of Arlington, Va.; her father James Polk of Marietta, Ga.; and her brother Jeffrey Polk of Burke, Va.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at 2 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Md.

How devastating.  Amy and I worked together on the American Association of Birth Centers marketing committee.  She challenged us to remember the developing birth center .  She generously offered her time and expertise.  And she pushed us forward all the time.  She was also vocal in her community and was working hard to  start a birth center-  Season’s of Life Women’s Health and Birth Center .  For a small organization such as American Association of Birth Center, we have been blessed with many dynamic and vocal advocates.  But the loss of any of them is felt acutely.  Amy will be sorely missed.  My heart goes out to her family, husband and children and all the women in the optimal birth community who she worked with.  We will miss you Amy.

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