Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Are women obsolete?

My dear friend Pam Pilch sent me this link to read - an opinion piece on women's bodies by Karen Klissinger - she makes some excellent points - there are so many messages for women not to trust their bodies! Women are Obsolete

When you find a new voice or an interesting blog - send it my way! We need more voices in the choir!

Monday, July 30, 2007

It's going to be BIG!

September 27 - 30 in Portland Oregon

Barbara Harper and her crew have assembled an amazing group of birth advocates from around the globe. I am hoping to be at the Lamaze booth. Let me know if you will be there too!

Friday, July 27, 2007

video clips worth watching

I know I have blogged previously about Birth the Play and the book Monique and the Mango Rains. But I am so excited! Both sites have short videos that are awesome! Pour yourself a cup of tea and go to Birth the Play video and then go to Monique's Story in Mali. Having a tissue nearby might be wise!

And I am so excited to learn that Penny Simkin will be in the BOLD production in Edmonds/Seattle area this Labor Day weekend. Will I see you there?

And there is a wonderful clip about breastfeeding at this site: The Breast Crawl.

What did we do without the power and accessibility of the web?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Why we do what we do

I love finding research that examines the customs and rituals that pregnant women are subjected to and upon scrutiny, it becomes obvious that women may be poked and in this case "dip-sticked" without clear evidence that this is needed. Wouldn't it be nice not to have to pee in the cup at each pre-natal appointment? Read this research published in the Journal of Family Practice online No need for routine glycosuria/proteinuria screen

brushing shoulders with the famous!

You just never know you are going to meet at conferences or who will enroll in seminars. What a treat it was to have someone in the PfB seminar at the DONA International conference who has her birth on Baby Story! It's one of the rare ones on there - hers is a home water birth. She offered access to Baby Story for her birth to balance the other medical births that are the majority shown. Now that's taking birth activism to another level! Really!

Thanks Narissa! You gave a true gift! (and you are going to be an awesome educator!)

Monday, July 23, 2007

La Leche is 50!

There is documentary about La Leche leagues beginnings and celebration of its 50 years! Watch it on utube La Leche utube

Friday, July 20, 2007

DONA International

I am writing from the DONA International conference and I have to tell you that it is once again re-energizing being in a huge room of hundreds of birth people who are passionate, believe how we welcome babies is important, that are such caring and warm hearted people. We had a great pre-conference with 26 awesome folks from as far away as Chile and Italy and as close as St. Louis. The best part of the conference is seeing people who have come through the Passion for Birth program! Brings back so many memories!
Thanks for reading! It's back to the sessions for me!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Yorkers - here is your chance!

This message is from PfB trainer and blogger, Robin Weiss:

I am writing to let you know that we are less than 2 weeks away from the launch of the CIMS Transparency in Maternity Care Project (THE BIRTH SURVEY) in New York City! We are officially launching the project at a public birth fair event on July 21.

For those of you who live in or near NYC, please consider joining us on July 21, 2007 from 11 am – 7 pm at the south end of Union Square for an amazing Healthy Birth Fair jointly sponsored by Choices in Childbirth, CIMS Grassroots Advocates Committee, and Friends of the Manhattan Birth Center (see attached post card for details about the fair). Bring your friends and family to this family-friendly rain or shine event.

For those of you who have friends or colleagues in NY, please help us spread the word about the fair and – more importantly, be sure to tell them about the availability of the survey online at our website – Birth Survey (The survey will not be ready to store data until July 21!)

For those of you who want to help but don’t have NYC connections, we need your assistance in spreading the word about this project in any way that you can imagine – blogging, posting on message boards, emailing, etc. Let me know if you need information. The success of this project is completely dependent upon our ability to get the word out! To see samples of excellent blogs that were recently published, go to: Birth with Confidence and Birth Activist

Last, if you haven't had the chance to participate in our online grassroots fundraising campaign, I hope you will visit Give Meaning and make a donation to support the important work of this project.

Thank you for all that you have done to support and promote this project – we're really on our way! We will begin planning for Phase 2 of the project in August/September, and would love to hear from you if you are interested in participating.

Robin Elise Weiss

Sunday, July 08, 2007

still shoveling out from the paperwork back log

Not sure how I got so buried but am steadily catching up! And now have my daughter and friends available to put packets together and assemble Idea Boxes.

But a funny thing happened and I wanted to share - when the kids were little I submitted a story on how we started planting snowman noses to a magazine - they published the little idea and sent me a check for $25. Family Fun then wanted to do a cookbook and asked permission to use it and sent another check. They found me just recently and we are talking tracking me from the original state: West Virginia to Colorado to California to Missouri to Washington state. Now they are doing a 10 year anniversary cookbook and have published it on the web! Check it out: Family Fun