April of 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the first coming together of those who had taken the first labor support training. An informal poll was circulated to determine the name of this new gathering. Options included:
– Northwest Childbirth Support Service
CoMadre Childbirth Support Professionals
– Labor Support Providers of Puget Sound
– Pacifica Network of Labor Support Professionals
– Birth Buddies

In August (’89) the fore-runner name was announced (Northwest Association of Labor Support Providers) and the 3rd group of individuals to complete the Seattle Midwifery School Labor Support Course were invited to join PALS. An honorable mention was made in meeting minutes marking the release of The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.
During the September ’89 general membership meeting, the new name was announced as the Pacific Association for Labor Support!

Did you know: These early newsletters and much of PALS as an organization was run from Penny’s office.