Here's a quick hodgepodge of things I've been wanting to share...
International Midwives Day Celebration
If you live in AZ, be sure to attend this awesome event. If you live elsewhere, hopefully your local birthing community is planning something. If not, maybe you could plan something yourself! Here are the details:
WHO: Midwives, Families, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, the Birth Community, and anyone interested in supporting midwives and learning more about the Midwifery Model of Care
WHAT: A Celebration of Midwives, including a potluck (bring a dish to share!), raffle with prizes, kids area, maternity and children's clothing exchange (bring your stuff!), and informational booths
WHERE: Papago Park, 625 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008, Ramadas 9 and 10 (Please park in Phoenix Zoo Parking Lot)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 5th From 10 a.m. To 2 p.m.
WHY: Midwives provide the highest level of healthcare to the pregnant women and families they serve. Let's get the word out and celebrate these amazing women!
An Award for Ina May
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (the creators of "The Business of Being Born") will be presenting Ina May Gaskin with their first "Best Birth" Award on May 5 in honor of the huge contribution she has made to American midwifery and maternity care. As part of the presentation of their award, they want to present Ina May with a large donation toward her Safe Motherhood Quilt Project and her efforts to raise awareness about preventable maternal deaths. Ricki and Abby will match every $5 donated. Please consider making a donation! Here's how:
Please make your $5 donation for Ina May via paypal.com to the account firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to "Business of Birth LLC" and mail it to: Business of Birth, 15 W. 11th St. #3A NY, NY 10011. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Birth Models That Work
I really wish I had a spare $65 to order this new book!
Courtesy of my 3-year-old
In reference to her baby brother: "Mommy squished his head out. Like a big poop. And the midwives catched him. And then they washed their gloves 'cause they got all messy."
My doula brought over a disc with my birth photos last week! I've selected the "appropriate" ones for public viewing and plan to make a slideshow (or something) soon. Stay tuned for those! :-)